- Alfie Plant makes his professional debut in Portugal Masters
- Silver Medal winner received invitation to play in European Tour event
- GB&I Walker Cup teammates Connor Syme, Jack Singh Brar, Jack Davidson, Scott Gregory and David Boote also play after turning professional.
- Current champion is two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Padraig Harrington
Alfie Plant will tee it up in his first tournament as a professional this week when the Silver Medal winner in The 146th Open and Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team member plays in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.
The 25-year-old Englishman impressed at Royal Birkdale, with a third round score of 69 the highlight as he took the coveted prize awarded to the Championship’s leading amateur.
Plant will be joined by four of his Walker Cup teammates who recently turned professional following their time in LA. 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory, Scottish amateur golfer of the year Connor Syme, Lytham Trophy winner Jack Singh Brar, Welsh Amateur Champion Jack Davidson and countryman David Boote feature in the field in Portugal.
Plant has enjoyed an impressive amateur career. He was a member of the England Elite squad and secured notable wins at the Lytham Trophy in 2016 and the European Amateur Championship in 2017, with the latter victory securing his place in The Open.
Plant has received a professional tournament invitation for the Portugal Masters, as have players including José Maria Olazábal, an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and Plant’s Walker Cup team mates Jack Davidson and Connor Syme.
An impressive field will gather in Vilamoura on September 21- 24, including reigning champion and two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Padraig Harrington, three-time European Tour winner Thomas Pieters, 2016 Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett and another previous Portugal Masters champion Shane Lowry, who lifted the trophy in 2012 in his first victory as a professional.
Plant said: “This has been a fantastic year for me so far. I’m really excited about the next chapter in my career, and taking part in my first tournament as a professional is a big part of that.
“I’ve heard great things about the Portugal Masters - I’m really looking forward to the week in Vilamoura, and being part of a strong field. Hopefully I can take some inspiration from Shane Lowry’s first professional win in 2012!”
Peter Adams, European Tour Championship Director for the Portugal Masters, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alfie to the Portugal Masters and hope his experiences at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course will add to what has been an unforgettable year for him.”
The Portugal Masters has been a fixture on the European Tour International Schedule for 11 years, with every edition hosted at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.