Open Championship Carnoustie dream alive for Sam Broadhurst, son of Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst

Sam Broadhurst, son of former Ryder Cup star Paul, is just one tournament away from achieving a place at the 2018 Open Championship.

The 21-year-old finished one-over par in last week’s regional qualifying event at Northamptonshire County Golf Club for a share of fourth to earn progression into tomorrow’s (Tuesday) final qualifying event.

If Broadhurst can finish in the top three at Notts Golf Club, he can begin preparations for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie later this month.

Playing at Open Championship ‘ever golfer’s dream’

Sam Broadhurst hugs his dad Paul after he won the Senior Open Championship in 2016
Sam Broadhurst hugs his dad Paul after he won the Senior Open Championship in 2016

“It’s every golfers’ dream is to play at The Open, especially coming from the UK,” said the former Etone College and Sixth Form student.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be around The Open for a number of years with my dad. I caddied for him last year at Birkdale.

“I’m not getting ahead of myself but the thought of playing in it would be unbelievable really.”

Sam Broadhurst living the American dream

Broadhurst junior has just finished the second year of his bachelor of business administration specialising in professions golf management studies at Lincoln Memorial University in the USA.

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Alongside his studies, he has enjoyed a strong season on golf courses across the country – increasing the likelihood of him following in his father’s footsteps to turn professional.

“Over the past couple of years I’ve really took strides in the right direction and I feel may game has got quite a considerable amount better,” said Sam, who is one of Paul Broadhurst’s four children with wife Lorraine.

Paul Broadhurst waves to the crowd following a putt on the 16th green during the final round
Paul Broadhurst waves to the crowd following a putt on the 16th green during the final round

“This year at my university, it was the first time we ever made it to the National Championship and we made it to the match play.

“Unfortunately we lost the first round but we played the number one team in the nation.

“My school was really at the forefront. I struggled midway from February to March but I’ve really picked up towards the end and I’ve played some really good stuff.

“I’ve got one more year in America then I will come back here and see where my game is at, at that moment in time. My goal in the sport is to turn pro and play professionally.

“Everything is heading in the right direction, but I am not getting ahead of myself just yet. I’m definitely a realistic player.

“There’s quite a few players who turn pro on a whim, then hopefully they pick up their game and start playing well.

“But I will only turn pro if I know I know I am ready.

“It’s such a competitive field now, it’s going to be tough but we will see how it goes.”

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Paul and Sam Broadhurst father-son team mutually beneficial

Broadhurst senior is also playing the majority of his golf in America these days after a glorious first few years on the seniors tour when he has won seven events – including two majors.

He finished tied fifth in last weekend’s US Senior Open Championship to take his earnings from PGA Tour Champions events beyond the $1million mark for the season.

England's Paul Broadhurst celebrates after winning the 2016 Senior Open Championship with son and caddie Sam Broadhurst
England’s Paul Broadhurst celebrates after winning the 2016 Senior Open Championship with son and caddie Sam Broadhurst

The father-son golfing union is proving to be mutually beneficial.

“Every time I am struggling with my game I involve him and hopefully he will point me in the direction and I have got the same coach as him,” said Sam.

“It’s pretty similar in what he tells us and we have joint lessons quite a few times when I am back in the country.

“If he is struggling and I am around, I will always try the best I can but he helps me 10 times more.

“His game, because he’s been doing it so long, is pretty set in stone. He sees everything a certain way, because I am quite young and my golf swing can change quite a lot more than his.”

Dad ‘deserved’ PGA Tour Champions success

Paul Broadhurst poses with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy after winning the Senior PGA Championship
Paul Broadhurst poses with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy after winning the Senior PGA Championship

Paul’s successes since turning 50 a little under three years ago came following the toughest time of his career having lost his European Tour card in his mid-40s and struggling with injuries.

The subsequent successes are just rewards, according to son Sam.

“No matter where he played we were always proud of him, obviously,” he said. “To be honest, he kind of deserves it.

About the Open Championship

– The British Open is one of the four Grand Slam golf tournaments; the others are the Masters, the PGA Championships, and the US Open

– 156 players compete in the British Open

– The tournament’s official name is the Open Championship

– The top 70 players qualify for the final 36 holes

– The grand prize is the Golf Champion Trophy, nicknamed the Claret Jug

“He came off the Tour then he had three-and-a-half years until the senior ranks and a lot of people would’ve kept their eye in and got on with daily life, but he saw a goal in three-and-a-half years and worked his socks off.

“He worked with a new coach and sorted his game out. Four wins on the Champions Tour, you can’t really argue with that.

“His career has peaked when most peoples’ careers die off. He couldn’t wait to turn 50! I remember his first tournament and he went out and won it!”

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth await qualifiers

Sam’s fledgling golfing career is on a steady upward curve but qualification for The Open would propel him onto the global stage, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose – on a Carnoustie course where Paul won the Senior Open Championship two years ago.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

However, the level-headed young golfer is aware 139 other golfers have the same end-goal as less than a handful of players will progress to Carnoustie, from the original 1,000-plus who entered the regional events.

“I tried in 2016 I missed out but this is the first time I’ve made the final qualifying event,” added Sam.

“It’s not a course I’m familiar with, I am going to have a practice round before I go but I’ve heard it’s quite a positional golf course which will suit me as I am quite a strategic player.

“It’s the top three that go through, obviously I’ve got to play well but if I play my best I will be there or there abouts.”

Sam tees off at 10.25 and 3.55pm on Tuesday in pursuit of his dream to reach The Open.

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