Know your graduate: Sebastien Gros

Thu 26 Jun 2014

Know your graduate: Sebastien Gros

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June 26: In this latest edition of Know Your Graduate, Sebastien Gros of France expresses his joy of playing on the Asian Tour, adapting to the humidity and his preparations before a round of golf.
What made you want to play on the Asian Tour?
I wanted to learn something new and get a new experience. I tried the Qualifying School and managed to get through. It was good to get onto a real Tour as I was on the satellite tours in Europe.
How do you feel now that you have secured the Asian Tour card for 2014?
It was really cool. This is the first time that I’ve got a real tour card on a real tour. The Asian Tour is one of the three or four best ones in the world. I’m glad it happened for me.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I started because of my grandpa. I played football and tennis early on but I hurt myself and he asked me to try golf. I initially thought it was an old-style sport but I fell in love with it.
What made you decide to turn professional?
I felt I had the opportunity to realise the passion in my life. I wanted to give it a try and there are so many goals in golf. It involves technical skills and mental skills. It gives you the opportunity to see where your limits are.
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
It took me about four years.
What are your goals in golf?
Just trying to get to the top of my game. You can’t control if you are going to win a tournament or not.  You can only control your own limits.
What is the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
I think the hardest thing is the weather. As I’m French, it’s totally different. I have to get used to the grass, the grains on the greens and the heat. However, everyone is really friendly out here.
If you’re not playing golf, what would you be doing?
Probably partying a bit too much!
How do you prepare before a round?
I have to do less than when I’m in Europe, as I sweat so much out here. I just keep it shorter, putting a lot and hitting a few balls to get warmed up.
Who is your inspiration? Is there anyone whom you would like to thank for helping you to get to where you are now?
I think we all have to learn from Tiger Woods. I don’t know if he’s my idol but everyone would have to learn from him.
What is your number one distraction on the golf course?
I think it’s me. It’s my brain. It can easily get out of focus.
How would you celebrate if you win a tournament?
I’ve got no clue. You can’t control that. If I won, we’ll see what happens!
About Gros
Country:          France
Date of Birth:  August 11, 1989
Residence:       Lyon
Family:                        Single
Turned Pro:     2011
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf