Kingston looking ahead to return to Germany

James Kingston has fond memories of Germany as he goes into the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Nord-Eichenried in Munich in this week’s European Tour event.

His last victory on the European Tour came in September 2009 in Cologne, when he took the Mercedes-Benz Championship in a playoff from the Sunshine Tour’s 2009 Order of Merit winner Anders Hansen.

It was a good week for the 2007 SA Open champion in Cologne, as behind him in the field were the likes of Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell, but it has been something of a lean period for him since then.

He has had just a single win on the Sunshine Tour – the 2010 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne in KwaZulu-Natal last August.

Some good performances in the co-sanctioned events in South Africa over December and January – top 10s in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Joburg Open, 26th in the Africa Open and a share of 14th in the SA Open – did not convert into the kinds of performances he would have liked in Europe.

Other than his superb second in the Dubai Desert Classic in February, he has battled to get into contention and missed the cut in his last two events.

One example of his struggles was the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain where he kept himself in touch with the lead with successive 67s in the first three rounds, but slumped to a 74 in the closing round as Paul Casey carded a 68 to win from Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

But Germany (and luxury motor vehicle title sponsors!) might be just what floats Kingston’s boat, and a good performance will lift him from his current 45th position in the 2011 Race to Dubai.

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