JORDAN Smith will look to bounce back from his Open Championship disappointment at the scene of his best moment on the European Tour this week.

Smith heads to the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, with the tournament providing the Bowood player with his first win on the continent’s top tier 12 months ago.

Derry Hill’s Smith was making his debut at The Open last week but failed to produce his top form on his second appearance at a Major and missed the cut at Carnoustie.

The 25-year-old opened up the tournament with a three-over 74 before following that with a 73, with his five-over total two shots adrift of the cut-line.

Smith, who won the secondary Challenge Tour’s Order of Merit in 2016, still had the consolation of collecting 5,000 Euros in Scotland as Italian Francesco Molinari won a maiden Major title with an eight-under par total.

Wiltshire star Smith can now return to Germany with plenty of fond memories of Green Eagle Golf Courses, having been crowned champion at the venue following a play-off victory over Frenchman Alexander Levy 12 months ago.

"I’m really looking forward to it. Obviously it’s a whole new experience for me, coming back to a tournament and defending it, so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun," said Smith.

"The win last year just gave me that boost of confidence. I had been knocking on the door leading up to the event and I knew it was around the corner at some point and it just came at the right time.

"It got me into the US PGA Championship and I had a good performance there so that rounded off the year nicely.

“Obviously the aim is get this trophy back again. I have a lot of good memories here and I like the course, it suits my game, so only good vibes and good memories this week.

“It’s a really long course. It played extra long last year with it being so wet, so your driving and your long irons have got to be on point and you have to take advantage of the make-able holes when you can."

Smith will play alongside two Masters champions over the first two days in Germany, with his three-ball including this year's champion Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel, who won the green jack in 2011.

The trio tee off their first round at midday today.