Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Claydon's Comeback Adds Weight to His Cause

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Claydon's Comeback Adds Weight to His Cause

Article excerpt

Byline: DAVID SMITH

RUSSELL CLAYDON can draw on his own personal experience when it comes to recognising that lack of form and lack of confidence inevitably lead to a lack of results.

By the end of last season, Claydon had identified those three negative elements in his own performances on the fairways and around the greens.

The consequence was relegation from the ranks of the professional elite.

Crucially, he still sees those elements in his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, who once again face being relegated to the status of also-rans if they lose to Premiership rivals West Ham in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday.

By the time these two London teams kick off at Upton Park, Claydon hopes the first shoots of recovery in his own game will have blossomed into another nice little earner in the Qatar Masters.

Because he is no longer a card-carrying member of the European Tour, the 35-year-old from Fulbourn in Cambridgeshire had to rely on a special invitation to compete against world No1 Tiger Woods in last week's Dubai Desert Classic.

But after coach Dennis Pugh had run his eye over one of golf's more unorthodox swings, Claydon justified his inclusion in a quality field by carding a four-round total of 12 under par 276 to claim a share of 21st place and a cheque for [pound]10,700.

That may be pocket money to the likes of Woods, but banking it gave a timely boost to the big man of golf.

He said: "I didn't realise just how short of confidence I was until I got to Dubai, but I was quite encouraged with the way it turned out."

Claydon's confidence took a blow at the end of last season when he failed to win sufficient money to retain the Tour card that had been his since 1989.

His disappointment was compounded when he returned empty-handed from November's Tour qualifying school.

It was quite a comedown for this former English Amateur champion and Walker Cup team member. As a pro, Claydon finished runner-up six times before finally making the breakthrough with a highly-popular victory in the BMW International Open in 1998. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.