Michele Thomson trying to learn from legends like Bernhard Langer in Morocco
The Lalla Meryem Cup, the second event of the new LET season, starts tomorrow at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam alongside the Trophy Hassan II, a tournament that now features on the Champions Tour.
It means that Thomson, Laura Beveridge, Kylie Henry and Louise Duncan are flying the Saltire at the Rabat venue at the same time as Paul Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie.
“It’s been great,” said Thomson of this week’s unusual set up. “It’s good to have the guys, including Bernhard Langer, KJ Choi, Jim Furyk and Paul Lawrie, out here.
“You can hit balls alongside them on the range and watch what they do differently from you, especially stuff like drills on the putting green as you are always learning from players you’ve seen on the telly. I played in a mixed event yesterday with Paul and Robert Karlsson, so that was really good.”
The new LET season started in Kenya last week, where Thomson missed the cut but is not reading too much into that disappointment.
“Last week’s course was difficult,” said the Aberdonian. “You can hit good shots and get bad bounces, so I’m not feeling too good negative about the result. Obviously it wasn’t good enough, so we have worked on things to try and make it better.
“I really like the course in Morocco. I think if you drive it well and putt well, you can play well here, so I am excited about this week.”
Her journey from Kenya was adventurous. “Originally, it was supposed to be Mombasa-Nairobi, Nairobi-Heathrow, a transfer to Gatwick then out to Casablanca,” said Thomson.
“But, after a missed connection in Nairobi, I had to book a new flight through Jeddah to Casablanca.
“So eventually got here, not really ideal but we’re here and ready to go. I actually got her earlier than I had originally expected, so it’s actually been fine and I’m not tired at all as I got a good rest.”
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