Qualification for The Open Championship would be a bonus rather than a priority for Eddie Pepperell as he begins a key run of tournaments this week.
Oxfordshire’s top golfer, pictured, tees off in the Irish Open on Thursday, refreshed after a fortnight’s break from competition.
On top of the all-important prize money, which determines the European Tour rankings, there is an added incentive at Fota Island – three spots up for The Open at Hoylake next month.
To claim a place, Abingdon’s Pepperell would have to finish in the top ten and be one of the three highest finishers who have not qualified via other routes.
It is the same scenario at the French and Scottish Opens, but Pepperell is keen to avoid being distracted by the prospect of making his Open debut.
The 23-year-old, whose maiden major appearance came at the US Open last year, said: “It’s not a priority.
“I wouldn’t really care if I wasn’t playing in it, but it would be great to make it.
“My form is good and if I got in it would be great because it’s The Open.
“I think getting into the majors are a bonus at this stage.
“The first three years on tour in everyone’s career is all about learning and constructing your game.
“I’m in the middle of that period and I can feel my game getting better.”
Pepperell is hoping he can continue a fine run of results which has turned his season around.
After missing seven of his first nine cuts, the Frilford Heath golfer has reached the weekend in his last four events to climb the rankings.
As well as trips to Ireland, France and Scotland in the coming weeks, the important run also includes the BMW International Open in Germany.
Another handful of strong finishes would go a long way to securing Pepperell’s place on the European Tour for 2015, but despite the slow start he always had faith the upturn in results would come.
“I was expecting myself to do that,” he said.
“It certainly makes me feel happier in myself.
“I have just got to keep doing what I’m doing and not putting any extra pressure on myself.
“I know the courses and they suit me.”
6:35pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
All the news from Oxford United's derby clash with Swindon Town in e Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
6:40pm Tuesday 6th October 2015
Vlae of White Horse beat Swindon 1-0 at Highworth Town FC in the ESFA Under 15 Inter Association Trophy to earn a second-round tie next month at home to Coventry or Cheltenham.
11:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
MICHAEL Appleton is looking forward to his first experience of an Oxford-Swindon clash, but has made it clear the priority is on ensuring it is a fixture in Sky Bet League One next season.
9:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
KEEPING a cool head will be key if Oxford United are going to beat fierce rivals Swindon Town tonight, according to skipper Jake Wright.
9:20am Tuesday 6th October 2015
CALLUM O’Dowda cannot wait for his first taste of a game against Swindon Town after getting permission to delay his trip to meet up with the Ireland Under 21 squad.
9:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
JORDAN Graham is in line to make his first Oxford United start as injury looks likely to rule Danny Rose out of their clash with Swindon Town.
8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
ALTHOUGH Oxford United have won fewer derby matches than rivals Swindon Town, who lead 21-13, they go into tonight’s game looking for an unprecedented fifth straight victory.
8:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015
Oxfordshire are still looking for their first win in this season's BDO Inter-Counties Championship after losing 20-16 away to Surrey at Worcester Park at the weekend The visitors never recovered after losing the opening Ladies’ B match 5-1.
7:40am Tuesday 6th October 2015
DIDCOT Town joint manager Ian Concannon admitted he was frustrated his side face an FA Trophy preliminary round replay at Bridgwater Town tonight, following a goalless draw on Saturday.
7:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
Sam Chilvers scored twice as Oxford Hawks opened their South League Premier 1 campaign with an exciting 4-3 win at Milton Keynes.