Whiteford turns back to golfing mentor for inspiration

Peter Whiteford. Pic: Neil Doig
Peter Whiteford. Pic: Neil Doig
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Peter Whiteford is hoping to get his career back on track after reuniting with his former coach.

The Kirkcaldy golfer has endured a difficult start to the 2014 season, missing 11 cuts from 15 European Tour events thus far.

But on the eve of one of the biggest tournaments of the year, the BMW PGA Championship at Wenworth, which starts today (Thursday), the Fifer has ditched coach Gary Nicol and turned back to his previous mentor, Donald McKay, based at Wellsgreen.

“I went back to Donald last week after working with Gary for the last year or so,” Peter told the Press.

“Gary is a great coach and I learnt a lot, but in hindsight, making the change was a bad idea. It hasn’t worked.

“I wanted to take my game to the next level and thought I needed a change. If you don’t try you’ll never know.

“I’d now like to get back to where I was and improve on what I had. Donald can do that. He knows my swing better than any other coach, and I’m delighted to be back with him.”

Donald has flown to Wentworth this week to help Peter prepare for the Race to Dubai’s £4million flagship event.

“I’ve not been enjoying the golf because it’s been so bad,” Peter added.

“I’ve missed a lot of cuts by one shot, but that wasn’t unlucky, it was a real struggle just to get to within one.

“Golf isn’t about how good your good shots are, it’s about how well you score when you’re not playing well, and I’ve not managed to do that.

“It’s been a bad year so my confidence has taken a beating. It will take a couple of weeks to get the swing back where I want it.”

Whiteford finished inside the top 10 at Wentworth in 2011, but he would settle for completing four solid rounds this weekend.

“I’ve only been with Donald a week and I feel the good shots are coming back - but the destructive ones are still there,” he said.

“For me the season really starts this week. It’s the best tournament of the year and the course suits my eye.

“I’m not playing the best golf of my life, but if I can figure it out I can score well around here.”