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Martin Laird qualifies for US PGA

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An assistant professional, originally from Scotland, is due to appear at this weeks USPGA Championship at Whistling Straights.

Steven Young, who has been based in the USA since 1995, won 11 amateur titles before he was 18, represented GB&I in the Walker Cup and has twice played at The Open.

Originally from Inverallochy, the Scotsman was excited to be amongst the world's elite for the first time in a USPGA Championship. However, he had more to say.

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Professional golf not much fun

In an interview with Channel 7 News last month, he said: "I'm a golf pro, but I work. It's a misconception that being a golf pro must be nice, playing golf all the time. In this side of golf, not really. Some weeks I don't play at all." reports BBC Sport

"The grind and the strain it took on the family was getting too much and I wanted to be home,"

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"It's kind of fun to have this experience again, but I'm in a different place in my life. It is all about my kids and my wife - golf is secondary.

"Seventeen years ago, I was starting my career in golf, thinking that was what I was going to do my whole life and, now that it's taken a back seat, the competitive side of me, to have this opportunity to go and play against these boys again is awesome.

"I've got nothing to lose. I'm just going to play golf and what happens, happens."

Good week for the Scots

Joining Young will be six other Scots, including Steven Gallacher, Marc Warren, and Richie Ramsay. Another US based professional, Russell Knox, will be starting on Thursday and Senior PGA Champion Colin Montgomerie earned his exemption.

However, nobody will be more happy than Martin Laird, who was first reserve for the final Major of the year, until he was helped out by an Irishman. WGC Bridgestone Invitational winner, Shane Lowry,was already exempt and in the line up at Whistling Straits.

However by winning the WGC, Lowry becomes exempt in a different category, leaving one space available for Laird to join the Scottish contingent this week.

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