“I actually need to do a perf’ in a giant

Barely two hours after setting foot on French soil, Antoine Rozner gave us a few of his time. His victory on the AfrAsia Mauritius Open final weekend, his usually famous performances on this Indian Ocean island, his frustration on the Race ultimate final month, his upcoming program but in addition his ambitions for 2023, the Racingman tells us every thing. In full leisure…

Is that this essentially the most lovely of your three victories on the DP World Tour?
(He thinks) I do not know… It is laborious to say. I consider that every one victories are magnificent. For now, I haven’t got a choice. These victories (Editor’s notice, Dubai Championship on December 5, 2020, Qatar Masters on March 14, 2021, AfrAsia Mauritius Financial institution Open on December 18, 2022) are all completely different. That of Sunday, it got here at a very particular time. On the final event of the calendar 12 months, simply earlier than the vacations. So it had a little bit of a particular taste…

You stated you performed “fireplace” final week in Mauritius. Do you are feeling by some means invincible when every thing appears to be just right for you on a golf course?
Invincible, no, as a result of it is nonetheless a golf event and so many issues can occur, disasters, ups and downs. Now, the significance, whenever you really feel good in per week, is exactly to grab your alternatives. And that is what I did very nicely. I had some success at occasions, I had huge putts that fell… The whole lot was pinned very nicely… The perspective was wonderful for 4 days. In brief, I took my likelihood!

Does this success additionally come to crown a relatively strong finish to the 12 months, with specifically this 4th place at Dunhill Hyperlinks and this prime 10 (eighth) in Portugal final October?
Sure, utterly! Earlier than the beginning of the AfrAsia Mauritius Financial institution Open, I stated that I solely wanted one victory for the 2022 season to be unbelievable. Properly, this success is coming within the 2023 monetary 12 months, however just some weeks later… It is clear that my second half of the season has been very satisfying. I used to be tremendous constant, I performed very nicely with fairly strong outcomes. It’s a actual coronation. As my caddy, Patxi, advised me, it was nicely deserved.

I’ve plenty of good recollections in Mauritius. I really feel good there. We will decompress after a sport, we utterly disconnect from golf.

Overwhelmed within the play-off in 2019 on the Heritage Golf Membership course, winner in 2022 at Mont Choisy… Mauritius appears to be a spot that brings you luck…
Successfully. I’ve plenty of good recollections in Mauritius. It was there that I performed my very first skilled event. It was at Anahita. An alliance event. It’s also in Mauritius that I play my very first event on the European Tour (nonetheless at Anahita, in December 2018). And it was additionally there that I had my very first expertise of being on the prime of a European Tour event (in 2019 on the Heritage). And final week, I received. I really feel good there. We will decompress after a sport, we utterly disconnect from golf. I really feel snug, I am recent within the mornings… I believe it really works out fairly nicely for me.

Do you know the Mont Choisy route earlier than collaborating on this AfrAsia 2022?
In no way. The course suited me rather well. It was fairly easy from the beginning, there was plenty of wind. Situations wherein I really feel good. I make plenty of low balls in my huge sport. It gave me a bonus someplace. After which it was essential to be as exact on the assaults of greens. No, frankly, it is a route that suited me nicely. I felt snug in a short time, and I remained offensive from begin to end…

Successful so early in a season that solely began on November 24, was it one in all your targets to reassure your self pretty rapidly?
No not essentially. The massive tournaments with huge factors distributed start in January in Abu Dhabi. I got here to Mauritius to first rating some factors and I did not bear in mind to win. However now that it is carried out, it is true that it makes plenty of issues simpler for the season. I’ll maybe have the ability to select my tournaments and draw up a calendar extra simply, no less than for the primary half of the season… After which it is true that there’s now this well-known prime 10 of the Race which is able to enable evolve on the PGA Tour in 2024… So it is a very good operation, I am placing myself on the forefront of the rating from the beginning of the season. It is all good! I could not ask for extra…

The top of the season was irritating as a result of it was not vital for my second half of the season and my degree of play. I used to be certainly annoyed.

The Hero Cup (ex-Seve Trophy) scheduled from January 13 to fifteen, you concentrate on it greater than ever now, do not you?
Sure… I believe they’ll resolve rapidly to announce the final participant summoned. Within the days and even hours to come back. I shall be actually joyful to participate on this occasion. They are going to make their alternative and I’ll respect it it doesn’t matter what.

What aim have you ever set for 2023, past this prime 10 on the finish of the 12 months which might propel you on the PGA Tour?
I actually need to obtain efficiency in huge tournaments, the Rolex Sequence or a Main. On this final level, I’ll already should qualify for a Main (laughs)… However sure, that is one in all my targets for 2023. One thing I have never been capable of do since I began within the execs. I actually need to make a “fart” in a giant event. I believe it might take me an ideal step in my profession.

Exactly, we felt you had been very annoyed over the past Race ultimate within the Emirates the place you didn’t compete with one of the best in a giant Tour event…
Completely. The top of the season was irritating as a result of it was not vital for my second half of the season and my degree of play. I used to be certainly annoyed. I hoped for higher (Editor’s notice, he completed thirty fourth within the DP World Tour Championship received by Spaniard Jon Rahm). I wished to qualify for the British (by ending within the prime 30 of the Race), however I could not… That is why shining in a giant event is especially near my coronary heart.

Attempting to take the PGA Tour card after which aiming for the highest 50 on the planet is maybe extra playable. Extra reasonably priced.

The world prime 50 earlier than the Masters, is it utterly out of attain or is it there, someplace, behind your head?
The highway continues to be very lengthy. With the brand new world level counting system, it is much more difficult. I do not suppose it is an goal immediately, no less than for this season, to get into the highest 50. By staying on the DP World Tour, it is virtually mission not possible. Attempting to take the PGA Tour card after which aiming for the highest 50 on the planet is maybe extra playable. Extra reasonably priced.

What’s going to your program be now for the subsequent few weeks?
I will take a little bit relaxation. From the beginning of the college 12 months in January, it will likely be the resumption of coaching. I will see Benoit (Ducoulombier) within the south of France. I’ll then depart for Dubai on January 8 to arrange myself with the intention to be prepared for Abu Dhabi (January 19-22). We’ll see if there is not the Hero Cup earlier than. I may also be on the Dubai Desert Traditional (January 26-29). However, I cannot go to Ras Al Khaimah (February 2-5). A priori, I’ll proceed afterwards with Singapore (February 9-12) and Thailand (February 16-19).

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