Bourdy looking for inspiration

7385313Defending champion Gregory Bourdy is hoping the sight of Celtic Manor will help him rediscover his form in this week’s Wales Open (Bourdy 40/1 – Tournament Outright).

The Frenchman claimed his fourth European Tour title with a two-shot success over America’s Peter Uihlein 12 months ago to record his first victory in four years.

The 32-year-old birdied the final three holes and sunk a 30-foot putt on the last to make sure that he lifted the trophy in Newport.

But he has failed to return to the winner’s circle since that occasion and has not enjoyed his best season this year.

The Bordeaux-born ace has secured just two top-10 finishes all season and has missed five cuts in his last 10 events on the European Tour.

He is clearly lacking a bit of confidence heading into the tournament but is keen to bounce back to form as he returns to the scene of his last triumph.

“It was an amazing finish last year, with three amazing putts,” he said. “I’ve some amazing memories of that course, so it will be great to go back.

“I’ve been waiting for it for a few weeks now because I’ve not played that great, so hopefully it will help inspire me.”

Bourdy will be up against four of Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup team, with Lee Westwood (16/1), Jamie Donaldson (14/1), Thomas Bjorn (33/1) and  Stephen Gallagher (20/1) all set to tee it up as they fine-tune their preparations for Gleneagles.

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