Nick Jones cools expectations as he prepares for Moongate Tour Championship
Nick Jones has reeled in his expectations as he heads into the opening round of the Moongate Tour Championship at Port Royal Golf Course today.
The professional is expected to be in the hunt for honours after winning two of the medal events eading up to the season-ending 36-hole championship during the Tour’s inaugural campaign.
But rather than be burdened with expectations and put unnecessary pressure on himself, Jones chooses to stay in the moment.
“I try not think about winning any event, that’s too much pressure for me,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“I try not to expect too much and keep my expectations low so I can stay in the moment. I try and take it one shot at a time and play to the best I can.”
The 32-year-old is encouraged by his form in the build-up to the Tour Championship but stressed there is always room for growth.
“My game is still a work in progress as always,” he said. “All golfers will tell you that as good as you get, there is always room for improvement.
“I can never practice too much and there is always an aspect of my game that I can improve, but I feel good and I am looking forward to the tournament.
“I approach all events the same; practice hard try to keep my rhythm and practice my short game.”
Jones reckons the Moongate Tour has achieved its objective of affording more competitive opportunities for local professional and low-handicap amateur players.
“I think the Tour has done its job,” he said. “I believe this Tour has elevated all pros and amateurs.
“You can see the scores every week; they’re getting lower and lower, which is great for me and the Tour has improved everyone’s game.”
The Tour Championship concludes on Saturdat at the par-71 Southampton layout, which will again host the PGA Tour's Butterfield Bermuda Championship from October 27 to 30.
“The grounds crew has been working tirelessly,” Jones said. “Jason Jackson, the head groundsman, is working with the PGA to make the greens and course as good as they can make it. I would like to shout out to all the grounds crew. They work very hard and are doing a great job.”