Wolstenholme: I can win a major in 2013

Gary Wolstenholme with the Australian Senior Open title.
Gary Wolstenholme with the Australian Senior Open title.
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Gary Wolstenholme doesn’t see any reason why he can’t win a major in 2013.

The former amateur star, who believes he is in the form of his life, has enjoyed an excellent two years on the European Senior Tour.

And now he wants to continue his winning run, that saw him top the leaderboard twice in 2012, with one of the big four events on the calendar.

“I try not to set myself goals but I want to try and get 10 wins and I think a major is just as possible,” said the 52-year-old, an honorary member of Heysham and Morecambe Golf Clubs.

“I’ve obviously got a finite time in which to do it but there’s no reason why I can’t win one of them, bar the pressure I would be putting on myself.

“It’s just about finding the right golf course and the right opportunity and I can win, I’ve proved that.”

And the former Heysham resident, now attached to Carus Green Golf Club in Kendal, will do whatever it takes to improve on 2012 over the coming months.

“Whether it be nutrition, vitamins, fitness or gym work, I’m going to leave no stone unturned to give myself the best opportunity in 2013 in order to improve on what I did in 2012.

“When I get to 2018 or 2019 I’ll be getting to an age where I will be less able to compete. You get 10 years on the Senior Tour really.”

Wolstenholme turned professional in September 2008 when he saw his amateur options limited after the sport’s governing body in Great Britain made it clear they weren’t going to select him any more.

And the Walker Cup legend admitted it wasn’t a smooth transition into the full-time game.

“When I turned professional it was pretty chaotic and expensive but things started to take shape in 2010.

“I was playing some decent golf and getting some good results at the end of 2009 and took that into the following year when I got a win on the Euro Pro Tour.

“I then took on the first event when I turned 50, the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Woburn and finished third, which got me to the next event in the Czech Republic.

“I didn’t have a great feel for the course, but I went and won it, which gave me an exemption for two years.

“And from then on I didn’t have to worry about looking back.”

And look back he didn’t, as after an excellent 2010, he went on to have his best year to date the following year, sealing ten top tens, giving him fourth on the order of merit.

He won the unofficial Australian Senior Open to end a season which saw him named the European Senior Tour’s Rookie of the Year.

And the success kept coming with two wins at the start of 2012, in the Mallorca Senior Open and the Benahavis Senior Masters.

“In 2012 I managed to win the first two events on the calendar sandwiched between three rounds in the 60s at the USPGA Championship,” said Wolstenholme.

“I was off and running and it took the pressure off when it comes to maybe having to go through qualifying school at the end of the season because that can’t be fun.

“I look back on the last two and a half years and think it was a success.

“But you can’t rest on your laurels you’ve got to continue to evolve.

“It’s nice because the amateur body saw me as a spent force. It’s something I’ve had to prove to myself.”