Sam Locke hopes to reside up to Open up promise right after initial professional victory




Sam Locke was prime amateur at the 2018 Open up at Carnoustie

Sam Locke hopes his very first match victory due to the fact turning professional has acquired “the monkey off my again” as the 21-12 months-aged Scot battles to dwell up to the promise of his 2018 Open up silver medal.

He has produced a whirlwind start to his 2nd season as a qualified, albeit in the lessen reaches of the pro activity.

Owning tied 2nd in past week’s Penina Traditional in the Portugal Professional Tour, he gained this week’s Palmares Open.

“I understood it would come in the end, I just experienced to be client,” he explained.

“I feel to gain at any stage you have acquired to master how to gain. It is not straightforward, so it is actually vital to have completed that and hopefully now I can preserve operating tricky and press on and attempt for more.”

Profitable by 4 strokes from England’s Ryan Evans on Portugal’s community tour is a lengthy way from the blaze of publicity that surrounded Locke when ending best newbie at the Open up Championship at Carnoustie and then on getting into the paid out ranks.

He received a to start with-phase occasion in very last season’s European Tour Qualifying College, but on last season’s third-tier PGA EuroPro Tour, he unsuccessful to make the season-ending Tour Championship in Spain.

But Locke is pleased to shoulder the stress of expectation that came with his Open up results.

“Successful the silver medal, that is heading to come about,” he informed BBC Scotland. “People today are going to feel ‘well, this person has accomplished this, so he is heading to go on and do this that and the other’, which I come to feel I can nevertheless do.

“You know what people be expecting. But, at the conclude of the working day, I know where by I want to get to and, in my view, it isn’t going to subject what any one else thinks.

“It is now down to me to maintain functioning and learning and pushing on and I believe it will come. It is just a matter of time. I am still youthful, in some cases I forget about that and I feel I must be executing a bit far better, but I have been taking part in rather great stuff and fortunately now I have got the get.”

Locke hopes to make a comparable influence when he heads afterwards this thirty day period to contend on the Mena Tour, covering the Middle East and North Africa, as he aims for marketing to Europe’s next tier.

“You are striving to be the very best player in the globe,” he extra. “There is no motive why that can not come about, but just now I am just focusing on what is in entrance of me, the up coming couple tournaments.

“I absolutely want to at least have a Obstacle Tour card by the close of this 12 months, so that is my goal. Fortunately, I have bought the gain at the start out, which is superior for my self confidence.”



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