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)."
Some choice images from the final round of the Masters at Augusta, as Bubba Watson pulled of a superb repeat victory. Go to Gallery
The movers and shakers at the third round of the US Masters at Augusta National. Go to Gallery
- Dubuisson impressed by talent in Asia
- Poulter: Ryder Cup stars hitting form
- Stenson eyes Tiger's number one spot
- R&A chief Dawson to retire
- Woods' absence hurting the game
- Kuchar switches focus to Ryder Cup
- Jimenez makes winning debut
- Kuchar pips Donald to Heritage crown
- Fifteen-year-old Katsu wins in Japan
- Westwood claims commanding win
Neville Leck Blog
"The embrace a gleeful Sergio Garcia gave his German caddy after his first victory in 2013 at the Thailand Open on S..."
Nestling on the banks of the Mississippi, TPC Louisiana, scene of the Zurich Classic, is one of Pete Dye's best.
Quail Hollow Club, which next week hosts the Wells Fargo Championship, is one of the finest in Southeast USA.
Looking For The Perfect Pitch? Visit The Swing Doctor!