Connelly hoping to ride Open wave

25 July 2017 04:10:51 EST

After finishing T14th on his Open Championship debut, 20-year-old Austin Connelly is ready to further his European Tour career in this week's Porsche European Open.

The Texan born and bred golfer represents Canada, and his international credentials are extended by his membership of the Challenge and European Tours.

He has split his season on the two circuits, but when granted the opportunity at the higher level he has consistently proved himself worthy of the stage. In fact his effort at Royal Birkdale was his fourth top-20 finish in just seven European Tour starts this season.

There were regrets concerning his difficult fourth round 74 on Sunday, but he was determined to place the experience in perspective.

"It was extremely difficult out there," he said. "Very windy, got very cold, as well. It was definitely a rough start on the front nine. But it was nice to battle back the way I did. Happy with the way I played. Happy with the way I hit it.

"I've got to take a lot of positives away from it. It was a great experience, playing a major championship on Sunday. I'm just looking forward to getting back into the same position."

The majors may have to wait, but he gets right back on the horse this week at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg, a new venue for the Porsche European Open.

Ten years ago the little known Andres Romero briefly threatened to win the Open and then the next week won in Germany.

Connelly now has the opportunity to emulate the Argentine player and he is 50/1 to win the European Open outright while Patrick Reed can be backed at 12/1.

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