Aug 20th, 2020
Horsfield aims for a historic hat-trick
Englishman looks to double at Celtic Manor
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The 23-year-old became the first player in European Tour history to go win-missed cut-win when he claimed the inaugural Celtic Classic title last week at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, adding to the win he picked up two weeks prior in the Hero Open at Forest of Arden Marriott Golf and Country Club.
Horsfield, a protégé of Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter, has already secured his place in next month's U.S. Open through the UK Swing's mini-rankings - which he currently leads. The top ten players in those mini-rankings at the conclusion of this week's event will qualify for the season's second Major at Winged Foot.
Robert MacIntyre and Haotong Li, meanwhile, are making their return to European Tour action for the first time since March. Both played in the year's first Major, the US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, and made the cut. Li is feeling particularly confident having led the field after round two before finishing in a share of 17th position.
“The celebrations were good, I didn’t feel great on Monday morning. Me, (Sean) Crocker and Haydn (Porteous) had a few drinks and celebrated properly. It hasn’t really hit me yet about the two wins. I think once I have a few weeks off and some time to think about everything and reflect, it’ll set in then but I’m just trying to focus on this week." said Horsfield.
“One of the first people to text me was Ian (Poulter), but I’ve had a bunch of support from everybody, fellow players and it’s always nice when people send you messages of congratulations."
“I am confident, I feel like I’m playing good golf. I think they’re going to change the course around a little bit, I don’t know exactly what they’ll do to it, hopefully, I get out there today and see what they’ve done. I’m playing good golf and I just want to give myself an opportunity going into Sunday again."