Eales confident of place at PGA

Paul Eales
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St Annes golfer Paul Eales is confident of qualifying for the US PGA Seniors Championship next year after a positive performance in the Fubon Senior Open in Taipei.

The former European Tour player finished in a tie for fourth position, following two thirds in earlier tournaments.

Eales sits in 19th position in the order of merit will need to rise the ranking a further three places to qualify, with only one more tournament left this season.

That one takes place at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius from December 13 to 15, where Eales is predicting a tough challenge.

“I will have to be stronger because the field will be better,” said Eales, who is new to the seniors circuit after turning 50 in August.

“I have got a little bit sharper but now it’s about managing expectations.

“I should have been a little more patient in Taipei but frustration kicked in and that cost me a little.

Eales does see a few problems trying to qualify as the heat and humidity in Mauritius will be different to his more recent surroundings.

“I haven’t been playing in the heat, so that will be different. It will be that little bit more challenging but it’s all in good fun.

Eales had never played on the island of Taiwan before and he enjoyed the venue and its surroundings.

“It was a well organised and good resort, lots of noodles and things that I can’t describe were on my plate. It was a nice change.

“The weather was a bit cloudy and dark, and we had some mist.

“I played with a local lad who was a very good player.”

The few weeks before Mauritius will bring some downtime for Eales, with some coaching but not too much golf.

“I might go to the driving range and see (professional) Danny Webster at St Annes Old Links and just keep my fitness up that way.”