Ambler to use last year’s Play-Off frustration to help achieve Wentworth place

PLAY-OFF PLACE: Adrian Ambler.
PLAY-OFF PLACE: Adrian Ambler.
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Wakefield golf ace Adrian Ambler will use last year’s PGA Play-Off frustration to help push him to a big top-ten finish in Turkey 12 months on.

The Low Laithes golfer topped the North Region Order of Merit last year and eyed a top-ten finish in the Play-Offs, held at the PGA Sultan Course, to book a spot in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

But Ambler’s superb season, which also saw him ranked no.1 in Yorkshire, ended in frustration when he finished 11th in Turkey and missed out on a spot at Wentworth by the narrowest of margins.

Just one position came between Ambler and the chance to pit his skills against the game’s top players such as Luke Donald and Justin Rose.

Finishing third in this year’s North Region Order of Merit will see the Thornes golfer fly over to Turkey for the second year running - and he is looking for better fortunes this time around.

“I hope I can take the experience from competing in the Play-Offs last year and make it to the top-ten this year,” he said.

“It was probably the worst position I could have finished in, seeing a place at Wentworth being so close.

“I know the place quite well now after going last year so hopefully that will help, there will be no surprises.”

Ambler’s success in 2013 has not quite reached the levels of last year, where he topped both North Region and Yorkshire Order of Merits.

He has enjoyed another place at the summit in Yorkshire but only scraped into the top three of the North Region, pipping John Wells by 0.6 points when 800 were up for grabs over the course of the year.

“It was always going to be hard to match how well I did last year,” Ambler admitted.

“So I’m pleased with how I’ve done overall. My golf has been quiet consistent, I’ve topped the Yorkshire Order of Merit again and I’ve made the Play-Offs again so I’ll take that.”

Now his aim will be to go at least one better in Turkey when the end-of-season Play-Offs take place, between Saturday, November 23-25.

The event will be played over three rounds with the top ten all booking a place at Wentworth.

Going even better and securing a place in the top-three could see him feature in other European Tour events such as the Scottish Open and Welsh Open.

“Even though I missed out on the top-ten last year I did have a few phone calls to play in some competitions in Ireland and Scotland,” Ambler revealed.

“Unfortunately I was already involved in other events when I got the calls but at least it gives you the knowledge that you get noticed if you do well in the Play-Offs, even if you do miss out on Wentworth.”

Ambler’s latest outing saw him finished tied 7th in the PGA Fourball Championship at Forest Pines last week.

He has no other major events before making the trip to Turkey will be involved in some Pro-Am competitions to prepare for going up against some of the best golfers from around the country.

The top three from all seven PGA regions will travel to Turkey and Ambler is hoping he can do the North proud.