In this latest edition of the Asian Tour Know Your Graduate, Sebastien Gros of France expresses his joy of playing on the Asian Tour, adapting to the humidity and his preparations before a round of golf.
What made you want to play on the Asian Tour?
I wanted to learn something new and get a new experience. I tried the Qualifying School and managed to get through. It was good to get onto a real Tour as I was on the satellite tours in Europe.
How do you feel now that you have secured the Asian Tour card for 2014?
It was really cool. This is the first time that I’ve got a real tour card on a real tour. The Asian Tour is one of the three or four best ones in the world. I’m glad it happened for me.
When did you start playing golf and what sparked your interest?
I started because of my grandpa. I played football and tennis early on but I hurt myself and he asked me to try golf. I initially thought it was an old-style sport but I fell in love with it.
What made you decide to turn professional?
I felt I had the opportunity to realise the passion in my life. I wanted to give it a try and there are so many goals in golf. It involves technical skills and mental skills. It gives you the opportunity to see where your limits are.
How long did it take you to reach single handicap?
It took me about four years.
What are your goals in golf?
Just trying to get to the top of my game. You can’t control if you are going to win a tournament or not. You can only control your own limits.
What is the toughest part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour?
I think the hardest thing is the weather. As I’m French, it’s totally different. I have to get used to the grass, the grains on the greens and the heat. However, everyone is really friendly out here.
If you’re not playing golf, what would you be doing?
Probably partying a bit too much!
How do you prepare before a round?
I have to do less than when I’m in Europe, as I sweat so much out here. I just keep it shorter, putting a lot and hitting a few balls to get warmed up.
Who is your inspiration? Is there anyone whom you would like to thank for helping you to get to where you are now?
I think we all have to learn from Tiger Woods. I don’t know if he’s my idol but everyone would have to learn from him.
What is your number one distraction on the golf course?
I think it’s me. It’s my brain. It can easily get out of focus.
How would you celebrate if you win a tournament?
I’ve got no clue. You can’t control that. If I won, we’ll see what happens!
Date of Birth: August 11, 1989
Turned Pro: 2011