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Remedy Oak amateur Singh Brar poised for Open qualifying duel with Ryder Cup king Poulter

REMEDY Oak amateur Jack Singh Brar is promising to adopt an “aggressive” approach when he tees it up alongside European Ryder Cup superstar Ian Poulter today.

Singh Brar is grouped with Poulter – the hero of Europe’s ‘Miracle of Medinah’ triumph in 2012 – and four-times European Tour winner Jeev Milkha Singh in final qualifying for this month’s Open Championship.

The 20-year-old’s excellent recent form has seen him surge into the top 100 of the world amateur rankings and parachuted into the field at Woburn.

With other stellar names such as Retief Goosen and Thomas Bjorn also in contention for the three spots available in the year’s third major at Royal Birkdale, Singh Brar is not planning to leave anything out on the Berkshire course.

He enters the 36-hole event in fine fettle, having closed with a pair of 66s to finish tied for seventh in last week’s European Amateur Championship at Walton Heath.

Singh Brar told the Daily Echo: “I just have to stay in my own bubble and forget who I’m playing with.

“I’m more excited than nervous – I don’t normally get nervous, so we’ll see how I handle the first tee! I should be fine. There will be a big crowd, so I have to do my own thing.

“It’ll be a huge learning experience. It’s tough to qualify but the fact I get to play with those players is going to help me enormously.

“You just have to go for it – there’s nothing to lose. I will play more aggressively than I normally do and, hopefully, take my chances when they come along.”

Singh Brar is based in Hampshire village Wellow but switched to play his golf in Dorset three years ago, with the stated aim of climbing the world amateur rankings.

He has jumped from 367th to 95th in the intervening period and earlier this year won the coveted Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Currently second in the English Order of Merit, Singh Brar reached the last 16 of June’s British Amateur Championship at Royal St. George’s, where he lost by one hole to Ireland’s Paul McBride.

Nevertheless, he will be entering new territory when he locks horns with Poulter. The 41-year-old was runner-up to Padraig Harrington in the 2008 Open, and five years later finished in joint third spot.

He has won 12 times on the European Tour and amassed four points as Europe overturned a 10-6 deficit to retain the Ryder Cup on American soil five years ago.

“I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past few years and it’s started to pay off,” added Singh Brar. “This is what I’ve been practising for, to compete with the pros.

“I’ll talk to Ian to get some tips for the future – and watch how he handles himself around the golf course.

“And I’m looking forward to playing Woburn. It’s a parkland course and similar to Remedy Oak, which is exactly what I like.”

Source : BournemouthEcho

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