Des Smyth is hoping that a two-week links swing in Europe will re-ignite his spluttering Champions Tour career.
The 55-year-old Drogheda man is languishing at 60th on the money list on the US seniors circuit with a share of 21st place in February’s ACE Group Classic his best finish from eight starts so far.
Home for a two-week break, he’s spent much of his time searching for his game on the practice ground and decided that playing next month’s Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open at Conwy from June 13th-15th, followed by a trip to Donegal gem Ballyliffin for the Irish Seniors Open the following week, could do the trick.
He said: “I am back in the States in Birmingham, Alabama next week and then on to the Senior PGA in New York. I am home for a break but also to try and find my game because I have played absolutely awful this year. I am really having a bad run, the worst run in six years over there and I have to try and find some form.
“I was hoping to have a week off but I am playing so badly that I have had to hit the practice ground.
“So I am playing the Wales Senior Open and I have pulled out to the Bank of America Championship in Boston to play at Ballyliffin (June 20th-22nd).
“If you are not playing well you are wasting your time over on the Champions Tour and at this stage in my career I don’t want to be making up numbers. As soon as I find my game I will be back over there.
“Maybe this run of Irish winners will have an effect. I hope it catches on with the older guys like me!”