Sam Brazel on his way to winning the Hong Kong Open in December.
Sam Brazel on his way to winning the Hong Kong Open in December. JEROME FAVRE

A razzle-dazzle year for Brazel

LISMORE golfer Sam Brazel is about to embark on what could be a life changing journey when he competes on the European Tour.

Brazel was rewarded for his years of hard work when he won his first major title at the Hong Kong Open last month.

The win saw him come home with $442,128 and automatic entry on to the world's second biggest golf circuit.

The 37-year-old has been home for the past couple weeks and will fly out in preparation for his first event in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

It has been a whirlwind experience for Brazel who has been out playing at the Lismore Golf Club this week.

"It has been a hard 20-year slog for me and the win at Hong Kong has made it all worth it,” Brazel said.

"It is definitely a game changer on and off the course with where I go from here.

"To be honest I've had so much on and been so busy since it happened that it hasn't really sunk in yet.

"It has been a busy couple of weeks back at home and I still consider myself a local.

"The golf club have always been really supportive and you never forget the people that help you.”

Brazel will play up to 30 tournaments this year with upcoming events at Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Qatar.

He has spent previous years travelling around playing on the Asian Tour and still plans to play in a handful of events there.

"I'm going to enjoy what is in front of me but nothing too much will change with the way I play,” Brazel said.

"I look forward to it but I'll still be treating it as a job and look to build on what I've done.

"It has obviously taken so long to get to this point and I don't want to stop now.

"It has been nice at home for the past couple of weeks but things will really start ramping up when I get over to Abu Dhabi.”



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