Different paths

The European Tour visited Italy this last week and I am sure it was a big thing for the home crowd to welcome teenage superstar Matteo Manassero to his first event as a professional player. Playing the first two rounds with Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomery, Matteo handsomely made the cut and cashed his first check from playing the game. When the tournament came to a conclusion on the Sunday it was two players with completely different backgrounds that battled it out though;

David Horsey with an impressive amateur record playing for England and Fredrik Andersson-Hed with an equally impressive amateur record playing for Sweden. The only difference is that David’s record is pretty recent while Fred’s stem back to the early 90’s. Fredrik now won his first title on the European main tour, David has yet to win his even though he came close to catching Fredrik at the end.

As a study on what professional golf can be like Fredrik Andersson-Hed is a fascinating one. No less than 14 visits to European Tour qualifying school I am sure have given him some strength; 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 05, 06, 08, 09. It is easy to think that anyone with any talent at all outside golf would have found a few reasons to turn to that rather than trying to pursue this career in golf. But not Fredrik Andersson-Hed. And now he has won on the European Tour and does not need to worry about returning to Q-school. At least not for the next couple of years. Well done Fredrik!

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