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Jonathan Caldwell determined to thrill home crowd at ISPS HANDA World Invitational

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Home comfort: Jonathan Caldwell loves playing in Northern Ireland. Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images

Home comfort: Jonathan Caldwell loves playing in Northern Ireland. Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images

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Home comfort: Jonathan Caldwell loves playing in Northern Ireland. Credit: Warren Little/Getty Images

Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell is keen to give the home crowd something to cheer this week at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm Castle and Massereene.

The 37-year-old claimed victory at the Scandinavian Mixed last month and he is hoping to do likewise at this week’s similar event, which features an equal number of men and women competing for an equal prize fund.

“I get a buzz off playing in front of family and friends, and obviously they enjoy coming and watching me play,” said Caldwell.

“Yes, it adds that little bit of extra pressure, you’re trying to be in position over the weekend to give them the thrills that they want, but at the end of the day I’ve got to hit the shots and do my job and hopefully the rest takes care of itself really.”

The tag of ‘European Tour winner’ is a nice one to have for any professional golfer, but Caldwell insists it hasn’t changed his overall mindset looking forward this year.

Having won his first event at a mixed-gender tournament, Caldwell now returns home for the similar World Invitational — which is tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour and features an equal field of men and women competing for equal prize money — and the 37-year-old admits he has had to reassess his goals now he’s got that win.

“The big target would be to get in that top-60 (of the Race to Dubai) and secure a spot at the World Tour Championship at the end of the season,” says Caldwell.

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“Other small goals are to compete for tournaments again over the weekend, give myself chances on back nines on Sundays, things like that. If I can kind of take care of those small things, I think that top-60 is very realistic.”

But while his goals have changed, Caldwell insists he isn’t changing his mindset when it comes to achieving them, pointing out that his form last year gave him reason to be optimistic.

“I had some decent results last year, a few good top-10s, top-fives. So I knew that I gave myself chances on the back nine on Sundays,” he adds.

“It was fantastic to get over the line and shoot a great score on Sunday to come from behind and win (at the Scandinavian Mixed), but really it doesn’t really change much. I still treat the weeks the way I did, just go about my business and take care of it and see where it takes me come Sunday afternoon.”


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