Ewen Ferguson: "I want the spotlight"

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• Ewen Ferguson relishing pro debut at Dunhill Links
• Hasn't ruled out US move if doesn't progress in Q-School
• "I want to be under the spotlight," said 20-year-old

EWEN FERGUSON | SCOTTISH GOLF

Young Scot Ewen Ferguson admits he ‘wouldn’t think twice’ if it came down to snatching a European Tour card from former Scottish Golf teammates Grant Forrest and Jack McDonald.


The trio enjoyed success in the amateur game, winning the Walker Cup and Amateur Team Championship together in 2015, but now that all three have turned professional, Ferguson says it’s every man for himself.
"I wouldn’t be bothered if I was to take one of their places to get a card" - Ewen Ferguson

“I don’t think it ever was a team thing,” Ewen Ferguson told bunkered.co.uk ahead of his first professional start at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. “I wouldn’t be bothered if I was to take one of their places to get a card – I wouldn’t think twice.

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“I wouldn’t be like, ‘Ah, that’s my mate Grant’. He’s still my friend but I wouldn’t worry that much, and I don’t think they would either.”

With a dearth of golfers in their 20s currently on the European Tour, the focus is on the likes of Ferguson, Forrest and McDonald to fill that void, given their impressive amateur careers.
"I want to be under the spotlight" - Ewen Ferguson

But does that faze Ferguson? No, not one bit.

“Yeah, I think there is pressure, but I like that,” he added. “I want to be under the spotlight and feel like a real stud of the game. I want to be a young guy on tour that everything goes, ‘There’s that young guy Ewen on the European Tour’.

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“I think, in time, there will be more young guys from Scotland on the European Tour but although there is spotlight on me because I’m young, I’m Scottish and there aren’t any other young Scots on Tour or doing that great, I do enjoy it.”

So what does the future hold for the 20-year-old? A European Tour card would seem the main aim – especially after qualifying through in the First Stage of Q-School at The Roxburghe last month.
"I’m just going to try and play Q-School and get a full card" - Ewen Ferguson

But, whatever happens, he isn’t too concerned, and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of going to the USA.

“The good thing about me is that I’m going to get eight starts on the Challenge Tour next year no matter what,” he said. “That takes a bit of heat away. I’m just going to try and play Q-School and get a full card on the European Tour and if you play with that mindset you might end up with a full Challenge Tour card.

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“I’m going to aim for the highest. After speaking to a lot of people, if you just try and win it, all of a sudden tenth place is a bit like, ‘I wanted to win that but came tenth’, and that’s a good way to do it.

“But I’ve thought about everything, really. There are so many tours nowadays. I might go over this winter and play a few mini tour events and see what it’s like. I’m keeping all my options open and not burning any bridges. You’ve just got to work out what’s best for you.
"I’m keeping all my options open and not burning any bridges" - Ewen Ferguson

“The cost of things isn’t going to be an issue. I’ve got people helping me out with all that so I’m lucky in that sense that it’s the last thing I need to worry about.

“But right now, there’s just so much going on I find it hard to know for certain about anything."



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