Aussie teen goes pro
Last updated: 27th November 2012
Just days after winning the New Zealand Open, rising star Jake Higginbottom decided to turn professional.
The 19-year-old had initially stated he would wait until next year to leave the amateur ranks but has now changed his mind.
"I made the decision straight after I won," Higginbottom told reporters on Tuesday.
"I always felt I was ready but I didn't really have anywhere to play."
While he couldn't pick up the winner's cheque at Clearwater, he did secure a two-year exemption on the OneAsia Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia and a boost into the second round of the US and European Tour qualifying schools.
It was the composure under pressure that convinced the Australian that he was ready for the challenge.
"I knew it was a crucial drive," he said of his shot into the final hole on Sunday. "That drive reinforced to me I can trust my swing under pressure, which is good.
"Shots like that one helped my decision. All the shots I hit through that back nine (on Sunday) showed me I could handle it (pressure)."
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