Bradley Neil believes his experience of playing in three majors before the age of 20 is key to why he feels so prepared to turn professional after signing off his amateur career with a three-over-par round of 73 at the US Open.
The Blairgowrie teen, 19, missed the cut at Chambers Bay by four shots following an opening round of 76, but was pleased with his efforts on Friday and thinks that by teeing it up at the 2014 Open Championship and this year's Masters and US Open, he is in a good place to begin his journey in the professional game.
"Not many people can say they've played in three majors by the time they are 19," said Bradley Neil, who qualified for the aforementioned majors by virtue of winning the 2014 Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush. "That's what been so good about this last year from winning the Amateur, you get to play three majors and a bunch of PGA and European tournaments. That's why I feel so prepared to turn pro now."
Neil's 73 on Friday was the best of his six rounds at the three majors he's played - he missed the cut at the Open and the Masters - and knows how hard he's going to have to work at his game now, despite taking a lot of positives from his US Open experience.
"This is the biggest step and the most challenging step I'll take," said Bradley Neil. "Today's performance gives me a lot of confidence going into the rest of this year as a pro. I've just got to keep working hard. It's not going to be easy. I know how much work I need to do and I know what I need to work on."
And ahead of his big step into the professional ranks, Bradley Neil revealed that his fellow tour players, including 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, have been dishing out advice as to how he should go about his game.
"What a lot guys have said to me is don't change what's got you here," said the teenager. "Like at the Open last year, Adam Scott said play your game, play the way that got you here. A lot of pros have said don't make any major changes, just turning pro is a big enough change. Just try and stick to what you know and what you have and just try to prove it with what you have got."
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