Monday, July 28, 2008

Chris Wood is a Pro

This is not unexpected at all, but wanted to pass it along.

Chris Wood, the 20-year-old amateur from Bristol who finished a brilliant joint fifth at The Open eight days ago, has decided to turn professional.

Wood has signed for the International Sports Management group and becomes a stablemate of Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and David Howell - and also last year's Open silver medal winner Rory McIlroy.

After taking a week to consider his future, the 6ft 5in Wood said: "Royal Birkdale was the best week of my life and now I am looking forward to an equally exciting and successful future in the professional ranks.

"If I was going to play amateur golf for another year, I'm not sure that I would be in a better position than I am now.

"I played with Darren Clarke yesterday and I've spoken to another two professionals and they've all said that I'll be a better player after a year on the tour."

Wood has already received an invitation to the Quinn Insurance British Masters at The Belfry on September 25-28. His management company are the promoters of that event.

I love the Euro Tour - the events can promote themselves without fewer gimmicks, but more shady business.

McIlroy made his professional debut there last season and a week later came third in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Wood is allowed seven sponsor's invites and if he earns around £150,000 from them he will avoid November's European Tour qualifying school.

Best of luck to him!

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