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BRADLEY NEIL | SSE SCOTTISH HYDRO CHALLENGE
After signing off his Amateur career at the US Open last week, Bradley Neil is back in the UK as he gears up for his professional debut at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge.
The 19-year-old, who said he was ‘so prepared to turn pro’ after his second round of 73 at Chambers Bay, will tee it up at the Macdonald Hotels and Resorts-hosted Challenge Tour event at Spey Valley, a course he knows well.
And after the experience of playing in three majors – courtesy of winning the 2014 Amateur Championship – and a handful of PGA and European Tour events, including the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial Tournament and the Irish Open, Neil is hoping to hit the ground running on the 7,108-yard par-71 course.
"I should hopefully be able to make the cut" - Bradley Neil
“Making your pro debut anywhere is special, but to do it in my home country will be extra special. It’s also nice to start my pro career on a course I know and if I play as well as I know I can, I should hopefully be able to make the cut and take home my first paycheque.
“It’s a fairly long course so you need to play well off the tee, but my driving is one of my strengths so hopefully that should give me a bit of an advantage. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Among the field includes 30 Scots, including recent KPMG Trophy winner on the Challenge Tour Jamie McLeary, who won the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge back in 2009, and Andrew McArthur, who has two top three finishes on the tour already this year.
Joining them are the likes of Elliot Saltman, Alastair Forsyth, Wallace Booth and Gleneagles Scottish Professional Championship winner Chris Kelly, while the amateur contingent is made up of finalist at Carnoustie Grant Forrest, semi-finalist Jack McDonald, Jamie Savage, Daniel Young and Craig Ross.
Bradley Neil gets his professional career underway at 8.10am tomorrow, where he tees off alongside 2010 champion George Murray and current Road to Oman leader Nacho Elvira.
Bradley Neil :: Pro debut
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