Rowe hoping to continue winning trend

2016 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open: Day 4Fresh off the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open championship win, Lyle Rowe heads into the Zambia Sugar Open knowing what it takes to win at Lusaka Golf Club.

Rowe won in 2014 at Lusaka Golf Club and coming off last week’s win, he has cemented his name amongst those in the winners’ circle once more.

He said, “You obviously come to the course and everyone says ‘well done’ and ‘congrats’ so it’s nice to be noticed and stuff like that after a good win.”

Rowe’s win in Harare came two years after his first triumph on the Sunshine Tour at the 2014 Zambia Sugar Open, but it’s a win that instills mental confidence for the season ahead.

He said, “Obviously getting the first win is a huge relief, but you wonder if you can do it again and when you are going to do it again. It’s two years later, but better late than never. I think my game is in a better place than it was in 2014. I’m trying to mature in terms of playing smart golf and being a bit more patient than I used to be.”

It’s that maturity that has seen Rowe start to achieve the success he knows he is now capable of, and he now has the confidence on the greens – something which was missing for some time – to be in contention more often on the Sunshine Tour.

He said, “I’ve been playing well, I just haven’t been getting the results that I’ve been looking for. I’ve been there or thereabouts in the co-sanctioned events but I just haven’t been able to finish it off. It’s tricky –I’ve found a new putting grip which seems to do the job. You know I was struggling with the putter and putting is everything in this game.”

Rowe will have an advantage of coming off a fresh win last week, matched with the memories of a past win at Lusaka Golf Club, and back-to-back wins could certainly be on the cards.

“It will be nice if I can get back-to-back wins. Hopefully it’ll continue to be a happy hunting ground here and we’ll try. You’ve just got to put the ball in the right place. It’s gets a bit windy and a bit bouncy here, so if you miss it in the right place here you’ll keep the errors off the card,” he said.

 

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