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Ruebotham’s twin targets


James Ruebotham (Welwyn Garden City) is hoping to tick off a couple of boxes in the next few weeks and cap a successful season.

Ruebotham, 37, currently leads the East region Order of Merit at the halfway stage. He finished tied-fourth at the London Open and was edged in a play-off by Rob Coles at Ingrebourne Links

But despite a string of pro-am successes – including two so far in 2019 – Ruebotham has yet to record an Order of Merit tournament victory.

And neither has he found his way into a coveted final top-three spot on the overall rankings that secure entry to the season-ending PGA Play-Offs.

Ruebotham is keen to address both omissions on his CV over the next month in which the East Region Championship at Bishop’s Stortford (September 4-5) and the KJW Millbrook Masters (incorporating the East Anglian Open, October 2-3) take place.

“I have never qualified for the top-three before, so that would be nice,” said Ruebotham, whose best annual finish was fifth in 2015. “And I’d definitely like to win one of the last two Order of Merit tournaments. That’s a main goal. And I like both of the golf courses, so if I can get my swing to where it was, maybe three or four weeks ago, then I think I should have a good chance, really.

“It’s something I’ve thought about – that I haven’t won before. I think this year I’ve got a lot more control over my game, which is promising. I feel like I’ve got a chance. I don’t think there’s any doubt I feel like I can win one. But there are other guys playing well, so I’m going to have to have my game in quite good shape.”