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It's All in the Mind for Coltart  

           

Scotsman Andrew Coltart is hoping his recently found pessimism on the golf course can secure him victory at The European Tour/Challenge Tour dual ranking BMW Russian Open.

The 33 year old is currently enjoying the most profitable season of his career on The European Tour having accumulated over ą435,000, and he accredits his single minded approach to the game for his exceptional form.
Coltart admits that he has stopped hiring sports psychologists and gone solo to help his game because he was tired of setting targets that he would consistently fail to meet.
Now he plays tricks on his own mind to coax a higher level of performance out of himself.
That policy has worked well for the Scot, whose good form continued with a joint 13th finish in The Nordic Open in Denmark last week to add to his six top ten finishes so far on The European Tour International Schedule 2003.
"I donít really have a target for the season," said Coltart, who will tee up at Le Meridien Moscow Golf and Country Club as one of the favourites to win the BMW Russian Open.
"Iíve set targets all my career and failed to meet most of them. I find that itís better to play with no expectations and play freely.
"Iíve used sports psychologists before Ė three in fact Ė and they have all told me to set goals, but Iíve found that my goals are really all about doing justice to myself.
"When I have goals like that in my mind, they just interfere with me on the course.
"Obviously you want to win tournaments but if you donít get yourself into contention with a few holes to play then youíre not going to win anything and thatís what was happening with me when I set goals.
"In some ways psychologists believe that you can only think one way and working with them hasnít really worked out for me.
"I tend to be quite pessimistic on the golf course but thinking like that has worked for me. If Iím walking towards my ball on the course, I tend to convince myself that I have a plugged lie and when I reach it and find itís lying nicely then I feel good about it."
This is the first year the BMW Russian Open has assumed dual ranking status, and Coltart is excited by the prospect of playing in Russia Ė despite the poor weather that saw Wednesdayís pro am cancelled due to heavy rain that flooded the course.
The par 72, 7174 yard course at Le Meridien Moscow Golf and Country Club has been lengthened by 95 yards this year, making it an even tougher proposition than the previous seven years the competition has been held here.
"Iím really looking forward to playing here Ė and also to the chance to see Moscow for the first time," said Coltart.
"Iím playing really well at the moment. Iím hitting the ball a good length and putting well so Iíve been enjoying myself on the course. You always do when you know itís going well."

BMW Russian Open - Andrew Coltart interview


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