Sam Horsfield determined to kick on after maiden European Tour win

Is in pole position to claim one of 10 places in September's US Open

Sam Horsfield has yet to reply to all the messages of congratulations following his first European Tour victory, but that will not stop him seeking more success in the English Championship at Hanbury Manor.

Sam Horsfield determined to kick on after maiden European Tour win
England’s Sam Horsfield celebrates winning the Hero Open (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Horsfield won the Hero Open by a shot on Sunday and is in pole position to claim one of 10 places in September’s US Open which up for grabs from a mini order of merit following the first five events on the Tour’s UK Swing.

“The win changes a lot for me and I’ve got a huge amount of renewed motivation,” the 23-year-old said.

“I woke up on Monday morning with 400 text messages and messages on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and all that good stuff. I’m still trying to reply to people, but it’s awesome.

“To have done it, and to have proved to myself that I can do it, is really big. I’m now at top of the UK Swing Order of Merit which means I’m going to qualify for the US Open, and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

“I just now want to press forward from here, try to play the best I can, and keep putting myself in good positions going into the weekend.”

Horsfield has been tipped for success since the age of 13 by none other than Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter and is managed by Poulter’s caddie Terry Mundy.

The Florida-based professional hit the headlines by winning the European Tour’s qualifying school by eight shots in 2017, but it took until last week for him to break into the winner’s circle.

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“It’s been a big thing to regain that feeling because I lost it for a few years,” he added. “When I turned professional out of college and then won at Q-School, I think there were a lot of expectations.

“I never felt that the pressure came from the connection to Ian Poulter, but more that I had higher expectations of myself than anyone else. I knew what I was capable of doing as a golfer and I felt like I was underachieving.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself since being out on Tour. I’ve always talked about being an aggressive player, and I think I’ve learned the hard way over the last two years that there is a fine line between being cautiously aggressive and too aggressive.”

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