Antoine Rozner: “Being there in Dubai is the signal of a critical and profitable season”

thirtieth within the European rating, the Racingman is conscious of getting delivered a whole 2022 train which may enable him to qualify on Sunday for the following British Open at Royal Liverpool. Whereas seeing a bit additional nonetheless…

Interview by Lionel VELLA, in Dubai

It’s within the shade, very near a putting-green uncovered to a blazing solar thatAntoine Rozner gave us a couple of minutes at 1:00 p.m. native time (10:00 a.m. in France). The Racingman, accompanied by his brother Olivier, performed 9 holes within the morning on the Earth Coursethe emblematic course of the DP World Tour Championship. A route that didn’t actually smile on him. In his two earlier finals (in 2020 and 2021), he had did not seize a high 30…

After we discover ourselves right here in Dubai for the season finale bringing collectively the 50 better of the European Tour, do we are saying to ourselves that now we have lastly had a very good 12 months in golf?

Sure, after all. It is an amazing reward. It is the signal of a profitable, full, critical season. The sphere is diminished. 50 gamers. That is little. There are about fifteen of them who don’t play in the identical class as us, the one which scores massive factors in Majors. We’re about thirty actually common gamers on the European circuit and it’s due to this fact very nice to be there.

You might be presently in thirtieth place within the European rating, synonymous with a ticket for the British Open in 2023. Is not that your foremost goal this week, to remain exactly on this high 30 till Sunday night?

Sure, even when I inform myself that it’s not an finish in itself. There’ll nonetheless be a number of prospects to qualify by July at this British. Now, it will be nice to do it this week. It could reward an amazing season. However I cannot go into this sort of calculation both. I’ll due to this fact first attempt to have the absolute best week!

If I handle to realize confidence on sure face-offs that also hassle me right here, I can slip in good scores. In 2020, I bear in mind ending with a 68 (-4) on Sunday.

That is your third closing. The primary two, you had completed past the highest 30. Is there another excuse to surpass your self?

It is true that I’ve by no means performed very nicely on this Earth Course. However I additionally suppose that it may well in a short time click on favorably for me. If I handle to realize confidence on sure face-offs that also hassle me right here, I can slip in good scores. In 2020, I bear in mind ending with a 68 (-4) on Sunday. So I do know I can do it. I simply should repeat this sort of trick extra typically!

You received right here in 2020 however on the opposite Jumeirah Golf Estates course, the Hearth Course. What’s the massive distinction with the Earth Course?

This has nothing to do with. The Hearth is extra open, it’s shorter too. There are extra wedges to hit. On Earth, there are zero wedges. The par 5s are sophisticated and the greens are a lot steeper and quicker too. The roughs are a lot thicker too. The nice recreation is important on the Earth whereas on the Hearth, we are able to afford to overlook a bit bit. These are the large variations.

Truthfully, if for the Hero Cup, I’ve a card to play, for the Ryder Cup, I am actually far behind. We should not disguise our face on this. I’m late. I must win one or two very massive tournaments to deserve this place.

From January 13 to fifteen, the Hero Cup, the previous Seve Trophy, will happen between the British and the continentals. A kind of squad evaluate earlier than the Ryder Cup in September. Do you already give it some thought?

Sure. It could be a pleasant reward. A bit just like the British. There’s a card to play. The captains (Tommy Fleetwood for the British, Francesco Molinari for the continentals) will select the gamers. I assumed I understood that they had been going to favor younger gamers and rookies a bit. So why not. I repeat, I absolutely have a very good card to play. I simply should have a very good week right here to have my place.

Did you get to speak with European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald final week in South Africa throughout the Nedbank Golf Problem?

No. I noticed him little or no. Truthfully, if for the Hero Cup, I’ve a card to play, for the Ryder Cup, I am actually far behind. We should not disguise our face on this. I’m late. I must win one or two very massive tournaments to deserve this place. The street is due to this fact nonetheless very lengthy. Anyway, I do know that I nonetheless have to enhance to be a part of this workforce.

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