Two-fingered golfer set for European Tour debut

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Max Glauert will make history this week as the first disabled golfer to compete on the European Tour, when he takes part in the Trophee Hassan II tournament in Morocco.

The 27-year-old German professional, who was born with only a thumb and a little finger on his right hand - the hand used to apply the most force on the ball in the golf swing - is about to realise a lifelong ambition, and mix it with the world's elite.

Glauert has already proved his ability to compete on the Challenge Tour - the step below the European Tour - but will now jump at the opportunity to test himself alongside a different calibre of golfer.

"I think I can win tournaments on the European Tour," Glauert told the Daily Mail. "I'm a realistic guy so I don't think I go too far by saying this. 

"I know what I can do and if you see guys on the Tour they make some crap shots sometimes – I do too – but I'm not too far away from being a top-50 guy."

With Molinari brothers Edoardo and Francesco in attendance at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, as well as fellow Ryder Cup player David Howell, the line-up will certainly represent the strongest field of golfers that Glauert has ever played amongst, though he is confident that he will not be out of his depth.

"Not many people recognise in Germany that I have only two fingers on my right hand," he continued. "I was playing as a good amateur for years when some guys suddenly said 'Oh, he only has two fingers, I didn't even notice!'"

A strong sporting background has provided Glauert with the perfect platform to develop his game, having taken an active role playing tennis, football and hockey amongst other disciplines growing up.

Now, focused solely on golf, the 6ft 4in star reveals his idol is Charl Schwartzel, though admits he is unable to model his swing on the South African, adding that he compares more to Sergio Garcia, with his short game the weakest part of Glauert's armoury.  

"His [Schwartzel] swing is incredible, I love to watch him. [But] because of the grip I can't do that technically. I'm a little like Sergio Garcia - playing really good but the putter is a little bad.

"If my putting gets good – it's normally average – then I can win tournaments. If my putting was a little better from the two-to-five-metre range then there's no limit."

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