By Kent Gray
If Steven Troup’s name rings a bell, it might be because you recall the PGA teaching professional teeing it up in Al Mouj Golf’s European Tour debut in February.
It was a dream opportunity for the Scotsman. An opening 77 wasn’t too shabby considering the inevitable nerves and while he missed the weekend following a second round 83, he took much away from the experience against some of golf’s biggest names.
Indeed, Troup hopes to qualify for the second staging of the Oman Open at his home club from Feb. 28-March 3 when Dutchman Joost Luiten will be back to defend his title. Presuming he can get through qualifying – no cinch with the likes of his Al Mouj colleague Josh Thornton also in the running – Troup believes he has the experience to give the cut a decent nudge.
Chances are he’ll face shots like this one on Al Mouj Golf’s stunning par-3 11th hole. Here Troup shows you why leaving your most lofted wedge in the bag is often the smart play when you short-side yourself, especially when faced with a steep-ish recovery shot.
Practice this simple bump and run and you’ll enjoy a highly recommended stay and play at Muscat’s best course – ranked No.3 in Golf Digest Middle East’s Top 10 courses ranking – even more. And join us in wishing Troup all the best if he does make back to the European Tour event.