Edwards sets sights on US PGA Champions Tour

Lee-on-the-Solent professional Rob Edwards
Lee-on-the-Solent professional Rob Edwards
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Rob Edwards is eyeing a place on the US PGA Champions Tour.

The Lee-on-the-Solent club professional turns 50 in January 2016 and is exploring the chance of going for his Tour card in the USA.

Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson are among the illustrious names to play on the lucrative circuit, while the European version – the Seniors Tour – is another possible avenue.

Edwards, who played eight events on the European Tour during his career and won the 1995 Danish Open on the Challenge Tour, admits he misses the fierce heat of competition at the top level.

But he believes his game is in good shape – especially with two years to hone his skills and get himself ready for the challenge.

He said: ‘I might go to the USA – I’m contemplating the idea.

‘If I can stay fit and well, it’s certainly not something I would dismiss.

‘I would obviously have to go through certain stages of qualifying.

‘But I will be getting in touch with the US PGA to work all that out.

‘I haven’t played much competitive golf in the past couple of years.

‘I’ve been busy with committee work and other things but I think there will be a point, somewhere down the line, where I will reassess my challenges.

‘It’s not about proving anything to anyone.

‘If I’m honest, I would have liked to have played full-time for a bit longer.

‘But I’m just at a different point in my life now.’

The 47-year-old qualified for the PGA Championship at Wentworth twice but was honest enough to admit his mental approach has let him down in the past.

Edwards said: ‘I suppose it was the mental side.

‘I just didn’t cope as well on the main tour.

‘I don’t think it was the quality of the golf but more the mental comfort zone.

‘You were suddenly teeing it up and Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer were there.

‘I thought you had to perform a bit differently.

‘But I don’t think my game needs too much work.

‘My putting needs a bit of sharpening up and I am putting in the practice every day at the moment.

‘But the rest of my game is pretty good.

‘I’m quite happy with the way I am hitting it.’

Edwards admitted the will to win still burns brightly – and he could yet be joined by another Lee-on-the-Solent senior, with Steve Richardson also planning a shot at seniors golf in the future.

Edwards added: ‘You never lose that competitive edge.

‘The switch just flicks on again.

‘Ricko is two days younger than me so it could be the two of us having a crack at it together to rekindle some of that old competitive spirit again.’