Wil Besseling is allowed to participate in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai for the first time this week in his thirteenth year as a golf professional.

The Dutchman is proud to be on the list of participants in the end-of-year tournament of the European Tour, in which the sixty best players of the year participate.

"Being here says something about my potential and perseverance", says 35-year-old Besseling, who starts the tournament on Thursday.

"I see it as a bonus, a reward for the hard work of the past years."

Besseling made his mark during the partial lockdown by winning two virtual tournaments and was in top form when the outdoor season resumed.

He finished third at the Austrian Open and at the Masters of Andalusia on the European Tour, while he normally plays one level lower (Challenge Tour).

"It has been a long journey for me, with a lot of trial and error. The year in which corona struck and turned the world upside down, has given me the best year. I am never so focused on results, but much more with improving myself, "said Besseling.

"Every day I want to be a bit better than the day before. I feel good, hit the balls well, but I am also realistic. This will be my first time in Dubai, most of the others are here for the tenth time."

Joost Luiten also participates in the Tour Championship in Dubai.

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'Things have been going uphill for some time in the bakery'

Besseling changed course in early 2018.

"After ten years as a professional I was still a player on the Challenge Tour and that was not how I envisioned my golf career. I wanted better, change, a different vision. I then started working in my bakery for three months to complete the corner. It was a totally different world and that was exactly what I wanted, ”he says.

"I learned a lot in those months, I got a much better idea of ​​who I am and where I stand in life, where I want to go and how I am going to do it. That insight also made it clear to me that I can be proud of it. are that I am a golf professional, but things have to change to succeed. Since then it has been going uphill. "

The result is that Besseling is very different on the golf course.

"I think differently, I move differently, I have a much more positive attitude and that makes it easier for me to do things in my body, I better understand the technique in the movement. Everything has fallen into place, so to speak. With that mindset I have mental again. can take many steps. "

In addition to Besseling, Joost Luiten also participates in the Tour Championship, where a sloppy 7 million euros in prize money will be distributed.

Luiten finished twentieth last year.