Michael Lorenzo-Vera (pictured by Getty Images) is hoping to continue his silent renaissance on the European Challenge Tour this week as the Frenchman eyes a first victory of an ever-improving season in his homeland at the Open Blue Green Cotes d`Armor Bretagne.
While compatriot Benjamin Hebert has rightly been under the spotlight after following victory at the Norwegian Challenge with a second place finish at the Rolex Trophy, Lorenzo-Vera has been quietly rebuilding his swing with a view to making a lasting impression on The European Tour this year.
Since a seventh place finish in Maderia in May, Lorenzo-Vera has seen the fruits of his labour consistently ripen with five finishes of 11th or better since then, the highlights of that run being a second place in the inaugural Azerbaijan Open as well as a tie for sixth at the Rolex Trophy. He is currently eight in the Rankings with seven events of the 2014 season remaining.
“I have never swung it this well in my life,” said Lorenzo-Vera, winner of the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2007. . “Everything about the swing has been simplified and I am very comfortable with all of the technical aspects that I am trying to achieve.
“What can I say? I am playing good and have a new team around me which is working really well. I am working again with my brother, Franck, and (former Challenge Tour player) Beniot Telleria on all aspects of my game since last September.
“We have really simplified everything and it makes it so easy for me to play my and we are starting to see the results of a good year’s work. I finally don’t feel like I am struggling to understand the swing – and it is a long time since I really felt that good and, as I said, I have never swung the club so well.
“It is no surprise where I am in the Rankings at the moment because I am n control of my game and with that comes some confidence which makes you relax and everything else so there are a lot of good things happening and I am very pleased with where we are.”
Lorenzo-Vera, and Hebert who, at seventh place in the current Rankings, is the highest Ranked Frenchman, will lead a 44-strong French Challenge at the stunning Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André on the coast of Brittany.
Also in the field are many of the Challenge Tour’s most consistent and in-form players all of whom are looking to take advantage of perfect conditions over an at times breath-taking golf course to either cement their places in or make grand strides towards to the all-important top 15 in the Rankings.