Sam Forgan Considering Retirement After Emotional Open

The Englishman was emotional after his incredible Open run came to an end on Friday at Royal St George's

Sam Forgan Considering Retirement After Emotional Open

The Englishman was emotional after his incredible Open run came to an end on Friday at Royal St George's

Sam Forgan Considering Retirement After Emotional Open

Golf fans have embraced Englishman Sam Forgan leading up to the 149th Open after we got to see his qualifying experience through The Open's 'The Road to the Open' YouTube series.

We watched Forgan successfully progress through both regional and final qualifying for the tournament at Royal St George's, where he will be heading home after shooting 10 over for the first two days.

The East Anglia man was visibly emotional after his final putt dropped, capping off an incredible run in what will have been one of the greatest experiences of his life.

The EuroPro Tour PGA Pro told media that he is considering retiring this year, realising that he may never get the chance to compete at The Open again - despite words of encouragement from playing partner and three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington.

"Yeah, it was a bit strange. Not really an emotional guy, to be honest. I suppose it's one of those you don't really know when you're going to get another chance like this," Forgan said after his second round.

"I don't think it [his emotion] was because I played badly. I don't know. I just loved it.

"I guess you don't know when it's going to happen again.

"It's one of those you obviously get a taste for it and that's nice, but for me, strange time in my life really, I suppose.

"I've got a kid on the way and that sort of thing. So I kind of said this year might be my last year playing anyway, so I guess we'll kind of look at that when I get home.

"Talk with the wife and that kind of stuff and see what's going on. Yeah, we'll see.

"Padraig was great. He was speaking at the end and he was saying obviously saying you're good enough and hit it far enough.

"Just got to believe in yourself a bit more. That's great to hear. But, yeah, no, we'll see."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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