Motherwell golfer Ross Kellett believes his form on the European Challenge Tour proves he was right to give The Open a miss.
Kellett headed for Germany this week having finished as leading home player in joint-13th at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore, his third top 20 finish of the season.
He said: “It’s been a good start to the season so far and I am happy with how things have gone so far, but I know I have to keep progressing.
“I am in Germany this week and then I am moving on to Slovakia, Tenerife and maybe France. I have always done pretty well in the past in hot weather so I have high hopes I will maintain this run of good form.”
Kellett is keen to earn his place on the full European Tour, but isn’t getting too carried away in the face of fierce competition.
He said: “I am convinced the standard is better now than it was when I was last on the Challenge Tour in 2013.
“At Aviemore I shot a level par round in some pretty awful conditions, but I still dropped four places as there are guys who are well capable of finding birdies even in testing circumstances.
“However, I believe I can too and continue to be at the top end of the leader board. This is the best I’ve been hitting all year and gives me confidence moving forward.
“The top 15 get a card for the European Tour, and it’s a good card, so that obviously is my aim, but I want to be at least top 70 to get a full card for the Challenge Tour.
“At the moment I am playing without a full card so that can be tough as you have to pick and choose which events you attend in order to maximise your points.
“It’s great even this early into a long season to see the points starting to rack up so hopefully it won’t be something I have to worry about for much longer.”
Kellett admits he would love to play at the Open and the Scottish Open one day, but is happy to leave that ambition for another time.
He said: “Don’t get me wrong it would be amazing to play at the big events and it’s where I want to be in the future.
“I was actually confident I could have come through the Open qualifying, but that would have left me under prepared for Germany and at this stage that is more important.
“I still have plenty of years in me so as much as the big events sound exciting you have to look at the bigger picture and take a long term view.
“All that I am concentrating on is putting on a good showing in Germany in order to increase my ranking points.”