Valdosta Daily Times

April 24, 2013 Tour leader Loar right on course

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Edward Loar had yet to see Kinderlou Forest’s layout Tuesday morning when he signed in, but already the Tour’s top money earner thus far in 2013 was confident.

As well as Loar has played so far this season, it’s easy to understand why he is feeling confident. Loar has already earned over $189,000 in just five tournaments this season. Among his results: a first place at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, a second place finish at the Chile Classic and a fourth place finish at the WNB Golf Classic last month.

“I’m obviously off to a great start,” Loar said. “What are we, a little more than a quarter way through the tour? There is no reason for me to believe that I won’t keep playing well. Obviously, I know this is golf and anything can happen, but I have put myself in a good position.”

As for what the key is this weekend when he participates in the South Georgia Classic for the first time in his career?

“You always want to get off to a good start, try not to force things early and let things come to you,” Loar said. “Generally on this tour, the scores are pretty low so you have to get off to a good start.”

With Loar off to his best start on the Tour, some have wondered what has changed in his game. After all, it was last season when he competed in nine Tour events and missed the cut in five of them and missed the cut in 16 of his 23 PGA Tour events.

“I wish I could tell you I knew what it was,” Loar said. “Golf is just a game with its ebbs and flows and I seem to be on a pretty good ebb here. I’m obviously enjoying it and I just have to keep riding it.”

While it is Loar’s first time at the South Georgia Classic, he says he isn’t concerned because he knows a golf course is simply a golf course.

“I hear that it is a nice place and it is real long,” he said of Kinderlou. “When you’ve been playing as long as I have, every course has 18 tee boxes and 18 greens. But I have heard a lot of things about it.”

Loar noted that he believes the tournament fields this year on the Tour have been stronger, because of the new PGA Tour qualifying system that emphasizes winning on the lower-level professional tour.

“Definitely. The fields have been tougher,” Loar said. “Guys feel like they have to play every week now. Guys that aren’t maybe getting in on the big tour are playing down here. It has always been very competitive and this year is no different.”

As for how the presence of John Daly and big names will help promote the South Georgia Classic and the Tour, Loar said anything can help.

“Hopefully there are names that people recognize,” Loar said. “Hopefully people will come out and support.”