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Jones hopes that his putting is up to scratch

Bermuda golfer Nick Jones is hopeful that his short game is up to par before this weekend's two-day event in Dayton Beach, after his putting let him down in his previous Moonlight Golf Tour event.

In his last outing, Jones shot a first round 70 to finish tied in ninth at Windermere Country Club.

He finished four strokes behind the winner Roger Rowland of Florida who was the sole finisher on 66.

Admitting that his putting wasn't at its best in the one-day event, the youngster has since focused his attention to this aspect of his game as he put the final touches to his preparations for the weekend.

“It was a good performance overall, although a few things could have worked out better for me,” said Jones. “It was one of those round that was okay but could have been better, my putting left a bit wanting so I have to address that but my swing was pretty good.

“Right now I'm working on my short game so that it gets better because it's an important aspect of my game.

“I look at those that are professional and they have a good short game, I need to get it up to that level and hopefully beyond because it's something that has affected me before and has to be addressed.

“I'm playing this weekend in Daytona Beach, but right now I'm working on my game and right now there is a lot more pressure and a lot more eyes watching and money is higher so it's a much different ball game that I just need adjust to.

Jones makes no qualms about the rigours of being a professional, something he has experienced after winning two of his first three tour events.

Since his impressive performances in the opening three months of his pro tenure, he has fallen on tough times, although tough times for him would be only managing top ten finishes in events.

Knowing what must be done to regain his form, Jones isn't placing any expectations on his next performance apart from hitting the ball well and playing to his optimum as he edges closer to his practice round tomorrow.

“I expected it to be this way. This is the rocky part of the journey but I am loving every part of it,” he said.

“Sometimes you feel great and others you want to scratch your head and ask yourself why is it going the way it is, but I'm loving every minute of it.

“I haven't played on the course yet, but I do have a practice round on Thursday. It is a two day event and the level of play is much higher then the others so I just need to get my game together to play with the big dogs.

“I don't have any expectations for this weekend apart from hitting the ball well. I try not to look for a specific score but just to play well and take one shot at a time.

“If I can stay focused on one shot at a time then I should be fine. I just need to concentrate on the task at hand and I should do fine.”

Nick Jones

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Published March 23, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am)

Jones hopes that his putting is up to scratch

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