Carnoustie - Teenage golfer Sam Locke turned professional on
Monday just a day after winning the prestigious Silver Medal as the leading
amateur in The Open.
The 19-year-old Scot was the only amateur to make the cut at
the difficult Carnoustie course and he finished on nine over par.
Locke, who has been supported by a foundation for young
golfers set up by former Open champion Paul Lawrie, who lifted the Claret Jug
at Carnoustie in 1999, saw no point in delaying his entry into the professional
ranks any longer.
"I've decided to turn professional after winning the
Silver Medal at the Open," Locke told BBC Sport Scotland.
"I just think for me, personally, it's the right
decision. I've always wanted to turn pro and compete with the best players in
the world on the biggest stage and this week's kind of accelerated my
He added: "I've always wanted to be a professional
golfer from a young age. I've always loved playing the game and competing and I
just love the feeling of winning.
"So I can't wait to get going now - it'll be good