Matt sticking to his guns in Zim

Matthew Carvell will stick to his gameplan at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open this week, which worked out well for him at Royal Harare Golf Club last year – he finished in second place.

Carvell has made the cut in his last three appearances on the Sunshine Tour, and heads into this R1,5-million tournament carrying the same form he unveiled with a final-round 64 in Harare last year.

“I’m feeling confident. I like this golf course – you have to work it both ways off the tee, and keep it out of the trees. The course looks in great shape and the change of date means we’ll hopefully get four rounds in – I’m looking forward to a good week,” he said.

The 27-year-old, who celebrated his birthday just eight days ago, knows some of the tricks for success at Royal Harare, and added: “The par-fives are there to be scored, but you have to make fairways. As I said, just get it onto the fairway, because the greens are receptive, so you can go flag-hunting.”

And keeping it in play is the style of Carvell’s game. “I drive the ball straight and it’s not a particularly long golf course. I don’t hit it that far, so it doesn’t really hurt me too much in that respect, but you still need to hole some putts for the low rounds around here,” he said.

His result last year was no flash in the pan – the Kyalami Country Club professional took six top-25s during the 2011 season, including a share of 11th at the KCM Zambia Open in October.

But Carvell, who has gained much experience over his two professional years, will not chase down a victory come the weekend. He will instead focus on keeping to his gameplan. “I don’t like to push it – I think that’s when I go backwards. I like to just let it happen and get out of my own way. I’ve been working hard for it, so I’m expecting good things,” he said.

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