Peter Lawrie wants to push on in this week’s KLM Open as he battles to record the best season of his career.
The Castleknock touring pro, 36, arrives in Holland ranked 44th in the Race to Dubai standings thanks to six top-10 finishes this term.
But he’s still looking for his second tour win and a remodelled Hilversumsche could be the venue where he moves into European golf’s major league.
Flying high despite suffering a play-off defeat in the Czech Republic three weeks ago, Lawrie said: “I’m looking forward to the end of the season because it’s a time of the year when I normally play well. Winning again is the main goal.
“The middle of my season is the problem and always has been. It’s always quiet in May, June and July for some reason.
“But I’ve had a very consistent year so far with six top 10s and I’m feeling comfortable about making the final event of the Race to Dubai.”
Lawrie grabbed his maiden tour title in a play-off two years ago when he captured the Spanish Open in Seville.
But he’s lost the other three playoffs he’s contested on the European Tour, including last year’s KLM Open to to Simon Dyson.
That defeat came at Kennemer but with the Dutch Open moving back to tight and testing Hilversumsche for the first time since 2005, Lawrie is feeling good about his chances.
Tied for 10th in Switzerland last week following a career best 63 on Saturday, he said: “The goal is to improve two things this year - my position in the Order of Merit and my world ranking.
“All the work I have done with my coach Brendan McDaid is starting to pay off and consistency wise my swing is in a good groove.
“Hilversumsche is a tricky enough place and requires some straight hitting and I have been pretty straight for the last while and I am well up there in greens in regulation, so it is a question of holing a few putts.”
Lawrie admits that he’s keen to get his second tour win having risen to a career high of 126th in the world following his recent play-off defeat to Ryder Cup start Peter Hanson in the Czech Open.
But he also confessed that getting his first win back in 2008 was a two-edged sword as it put him under pressure to live up to his billing as a tour winner.
He said: “Winning took pressure off me but it also put pressure on because you start putting more pressure on yourself to do as well as you have done in the past. It probably stymied me for a while.
“I was really disappointed to lose the play-off in the Czech Open without doing anything wrong. But the positive thing is that I put myself in position to win the tournament and that’s all you can do.”
Lawrie is joined in Holland by US PGA champion Martin Kaymer, Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Irish stars Paul McGinley, Shane Lowry, Damien McGrane, Darren Clarke, Michael Hoey and Simon Thornton.