No more hire cars for Jamie!

IT’S been more steady, than spectacular, but Jamie Moul is already enjoying life on the European Tour.

IT’S been more steady, than spectacular, but Jamie Moul is already enjoying life on the European Tour.

The 27-year-old, from Colchester, has made one cut and missed another, during his first two Tour events in South Africa, at the Africa Open and Joburg Open.

So far he has won 2,500 euros.

“That’s just about paid for my caddie for the two events,” Moul said, as he starts to plan for his next tournaments.

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The former World Amateur No.1 is already finding quite a difference to life on the full European Tour, after life on the Challenge Tour.

It’s a different world, with many of the planet’s top golfers taking part. And already Moul is mixing it with the very best – both on and off the course – sitting alongside Retief Goosen on the flight from East London to Joburg in between the first two Tour events.

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“It’s certainly been an eye-opener,” Moul admitted.

“It’s courtesy BMWs from the airport to the hotels now, not a small car I’ve had to hire myself. And everything is just grander, the play areas are better, they are fenced off and there are far more spectators about.

“All the players are more focused. On the Challenge Tour, I had more mates around me, but this is far more serious, which is what I expected.

“Things went well for me at East London, in the Africa Open, and I made the cut in what was a low-scoring tournament.

“But my first round at Joburg was disappointing. I wasn’t hitting the ball well, and it was a long course.

“The tournament was on two courses and I did better in the second round, but it was too late.”

Although disappointed with his first round at Joburg, Moul has made a steady start to his new life on the full Tour, although he will need to pick up more than 200,000 euros to keep his Tour card next year – and that looks some way off right now.

Last week he had to turn down an 11th-hour first reserve invite to the Abu Dubai tournament that started on Friday, and he knows he only has a slim chance of competing in Qatar Masters, in Doha, starting on February 2.

But after that, starting February 9, Moul should be playing in the Dubai Desert Classic and the Avantha Masters, in New Delhi the week after.

There’s a long way to go for him this season and while he’s enjoying the experience, he knows he will be judged on results, not experiences. There’s much to play for.

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