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Horsey relishing Russian return

DAVID Horsey returns to defend his title at the M2M Russian Open this week, and the Englishman is in confident mood as he chases a second European Tour victory in three weeks at Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.

The 30-year-old claimed his fourth career European Tour title at the Made in Denmark two weeks ago, earning a two shot victory at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.

Horsey missed the cut at last week’s D+D REAL Czech Masters, admitting that tiredness played a part, but he remains confident this week as he joins a field which also includes the 2013 champion of this event, Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland.

With this week’s tournament marking the start of the points race in the Ryder Cup Rankings presented by Rolex, Horsey will be one of many players in the field hoping to steal a march in the hunt for a place in the 2016 edition of golf’s greatest team event, at Hazeltine National.

The former Styal junior said: “It’s always great to come back and defend a title, even if it is a different golf course. Everyone looked after me splendidly well last year and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in this week. “It had been a long time coming last year. I had played alright at times, had a decent season to that point and the year before too but never really competed and contended at the right end of the tournament so it was nice to get that win after three years without one.

“It looks great, the golf course looks immaculate. I’ve been speaking to some of the players and it’s in great condition, very scoreable. It’s a Jack Nicklaus design so it’s wide fairways and undulating greens and I’m looking forward to playing it.

“I was probably a little bit mentally tired last week, it takes a lot out of you when you win, you don’t really realise how much. Your confidence is high too and you think you can win every week. Maybe I’ll learn from that.”