Know Your Graduate: Sam Brazel

Wed 06 Feb 2013

Know Your Graduate: Sam Brazel

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February 6: In the next instalment of Know Your Graduate, we speak to Australian golfer, Sam Brazel, who earned his Tour card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School last month. Brazel shares with us his love for the game, fishing as an alternative career and thoughts on being able to play on the Asian Tour for the very first time this season.
What made you want to play on the Asian Tour?
I want to play on the Asian Tour because the Tour is spoken very highly of and it is close to my home in Australia.
How do you feel now that you have secured the Asian Tour card for 2013?
It was actually a case of securing the Asian Tour card or start looking for a new job for me when I went to the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand last month. If I had not made it, I would have gone home and look for another job somewhere. I was just hoping to secure a place to play for the next few years. I am very happy that I got my card on the Asian Tour as it is the first time that I have held a Tour card on a main Tour. I am really looking forward to getting myself into some good tournaments.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I have been playing golf all my life. My father was the one who got me interested in the game. His interest sparked my interest!
What made you decide to turn professional?
I decided to turn professional because of my love for the game. I wanted to have a career in golf.
What would you be if you were not a professional golfer?
If I am not a professional golfer, I think I would be a fisherman.
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
It took me 16 years to reach single handicap.
What are your goals in golf?
I want to be the best that I can be!
What keeps you on top of your game?
I work closely with my coach, Richard Mercer. He is the one who keeps me on top of my game.
What do you think will be the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
I think the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour would be to travel to all the new places which I have never been to and overcoming the language barriers!
When you are not playing golf, what will you be doing?
I will go fishing whenever I am not playing golf.
How do you prepare before a round?
I usually do a 30 minutes warm-up at the driving range and another 20 minutes on putting and chipping before I start a round proper.
Name your dream four ball.
Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and myself.
What is your number on distraction on the golf course?
I guess it’s probably the bad shots that I have made on the course. They are my main distractions.
How would you celebrate if you win a tournament?
I would probably have a big night out with my family and friends!
About Sam Brazel
Country: Australia
Date of Birth: December 28, 1978
Residence: Lismore, Australia
Family: -
Turned Pro: 2002
Career Highlights: Queensland Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Champion 2009 & 2010