I'm ready to play on pro tour: Foos

Having made fine strides on the European amateur circuit, German teenager Dominic Foos believes he has the game to make the pro grade in a year’s time.

Sixteen-year-old Foos, who won the French International Juniors and German Boys Open past year, gave a decent account of himself at the European Tour’s Qatar Masters this January, finishing a creditable 16th.

“The Qatar Masters was my seventh pro tournament,” said Foos after the opening day’s play at the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy on Wednesday. “The experience is unbelievable and I really enjoyed it. I made the cut in two tournaments. The pro tours are way tougher. You have to be very precise when you tee. Given the tough pin positions, you have to be very accurate with your hitting too.

“Having said that I plan to turn pro in a year’s time. I want to continue playing and winning as much as I can, specially this year as long as I’m an amateur. My game is ready but I need more experience. The greens on the European Tour are very different and you need a lot of experience. Nothing planned as to which Tour would be my first but I would want to start in Europe as a pro.”

Foos, who like many aspiring golfers of his age idolises the great Tiger Woods, felt his mental strength gives him an edge during crucial moments. “On the course I just keep looking ahead and focusing on the next. My putting is really good but I struggled a bit today because of the tricky greens. I would say I’m generally mentally strong.”

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