Swift return to European Tour is Moul’s target

DETERMINED: Stoke-by-Nayland's Jamie Moul hopes to regain the form to propel him back on to the European Tour full-time in 2014
DETERMINED: Stoke-by-Nayland's Jamie Moul hopes to regain the form to propel him back on to the European Tour full-time in 2014

Jamie Moul is hoping to put a nightmare season behind him as he looks to reclaim his European Tour card at the first opportunity.

Stoke-by-Nayland’s 28-year-old touring professional cut a frustrated figure as the form which had earned him his debut campaign on Europe’s top tier competition in 2011 cruelly deserted him last year.

After a season which saw Moul rarely reach the weekend cut, he is now back on the feeder PGA Challenge Tour, but confident of bouncing straight back up via a top 20 finish come November.

“I just did not play very well, there is no beating about the bush,” he said, reflecting on the last 12 months. “I had a poor season of form.

“I had played enough European Tour events before so it wasn’t a case of feeling out of my depth.

“When I play well the good stuff was good enough, but there was far too much of the bad stuff.”

Moul, who was the world’s leading amateur in 2007, ahead of current world number one Rory McIlroy, returned to his Colchester home at the weekend after not making the cut for the final two days of the Challenge Tour’s season opener in India.

But having worked with his Ipswich-based coach Kevin Lovelock on adjustments to his swing, and being short of course practice with the snow, he admits he went to The Gujarat Kensville Challenge in Ahmedabad with low expectations.

He said: “We sat down in December time and made a few swing changes and a new fitness programme and it all feels pretty good right now.

“I still need a few tournaments as the weather has not been good in allowing me to play.”

Ahead of travelling to Omar, where his dad lives, to practise in similar conditions ahead of the tour’s next event, The Barclays Kenya Open in Nairobi next Thursday, Moul added: “The tournaments on the European Tour are run really, really well and you are chauffeured everywhere — it is a great experience, but you have to be playing well to enjoy it.

“It is where I want to be playing full-time and get established there.”