Rory Sabbatini heads to Mexico for this week’s OHL Classic and is looking to emulate his third-place finish at El Camaleon last year.
“I enjoy coming down here. It's a fantastic golf course. Greg Norman did a great job designing it. It's player friendly for every spectrum of golfer, and that's a testament to a good golf course,” he said.
The 38-year-old had a quiet 2014 season and finished 108th in the FedExCup, some 62 places worse than the previous year. The year 2014 is not yet complete and he’ll look to finish strong by starting a turnaround this week.
He certainly has good knowledge of El Camaleon and course management will be a huge factor in determining success this week.
“The way to do it on this golf course is to put the ball in play and stay conservative. When you get opportunities you must be able to putt well enough to take them. Good recoveries are crucial, but it’s best to aim for greens in regulation if you really want to score well here,” he said.
Score well is exactly what Sabbatini did last year. After an opening round of 68 he went on to card consecutive 65s and had a real chance for victory on Sunday. The course bit back during the final round and he went on to share third after shooting 70, but it was none-the-less a great result for the South African.
This week he knows what to do and the fond memories of his previous success could bring his game back in time to end 2014 on a high note.