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Daniel Brooks ready for European Tour after success at Karnten Golf Open
DANIEL Brooks says he’s ready to join the golfing elite after picking up his best-ever result in the professional game.
The 25-year-old, from Basildon, came within a whisker of winning the Karnten Golf Open in Austria on the weekend and has now propelled himself into a ranking position which could see him win a place on the heralded European Tour.
In the end he had to settle for second behind Frenchman Gary Stal after an epic final round duel between the two men at the Golf Club Klagenfurt-Seltenheim.
But it landed former Woodlands School pupil Brooks 17,600 euros in prize money and catapulted him from 90th to 18th in the rankings in a tournament where the top 20 at the end of the season qualify for the European Tour.
“It was a great result but in the end I was a bit disappointed not to win really,” said Brooks, who practices at Langdon Hills Golf Club.
“It was only a couple of silly mistakes that cost me in the end. I three-putted on the eighth and he had a three shot lead with two to play.
“But I holed a pitch shot from 60 yards for eagle on the 17th and that gave me a chance. It was probably the best shot I’ve ever produced in competition, particularly as it was when I really needed it.
“I was a shot behind him going into the 18th but we both parred and he held on. But it was still a great result and I just what I needed.
“This is my third year on the Challenge Tour and I feel I am ready to make the step up this year.”
Brooks, who is coached by David Beale, and a member at the North London-based Mill Hill Golf Club, now has to finish consistently among the money in the 19 remaining tournaments on the tour to retain his top-20 spot.
And he continues that quest this Thursday when he competes in the Saint-Omer Open, at the Aa Saint Omer Golf Club in Lumbres, northern France.
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