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Coles looking to improve on career-best

PUBLISHED: 18:04 24 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:15 24 January 2012

Romford's Robert Coles

Romford's Robert Coles

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Romford ace back in swing of European Tour action

Romford’s Robert Coles begins his 2012 season in Abu Dhabi this week.

And the 39-year-old is looking for further improvements after enjoying the best year of his career in 2011.

Coles went close to his maiden Tour win as he finished second at the Avantha Masters and had three other top-10s to finish 71st in the Race to Dubai rankings.

He said: “It was my best year and I enjoyed it, I’m very pleased with last year.

“At the end I was disappointed at not getting to the Race To Dubai, but as the whole year panned out, if I’d been offered 71st place I would’ve taken it.

“I don’t think 71st was the best I could’ve done. You have to have big finishes and big weeks to get higher up the order of merit.

“But it was a big improvement on before and I had three good opportunities to win. The more you get, the better chance you have and you learn from every one. Hopefully I’ll put it to good use.”

Coles had recorded three top-10 finishes on the main tour in 2010, to finish in 107th place on the order of merit, having regained his playing card following two Challenge Tour wins in 2009.

Coles added the Moroccan Classic and Challenge of Ireland titles to his 2003 Austrian Open victory and wants a European Tour triumph on his golfing CV.

He added: “The past three years have been a gradual improvement. In 2009 I played well on the Challenge Tour and after a slow start I played pretty good at the end of 2010.

“I’m hitting balls better, putting better. Just doing things better. You’ve got to keep working at the same things and try to get better and better.

“I’ve played Abu Dhabi twice. I did ok last year until a bad last round. It’s nice to play a big event.”

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