Stonehaven amateur Sam Locke doesn’t plan on changing his usual pre-tournament routines – even though he’s gearing up for his maiden Major.
Locke, 19, who qualified for next week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie via a win in final qualifying at the Renaissance Club, will walk the Angus links on Sunday.
And the north-east up-and-comer will have in tow his mentor, Aberdeen’s 1999 champion Paul Lawrie.
Locke, who had “no problem” getting time off from his part-time job in the Lawrie golf centre coffee shop for golf’s oldest Major, said: “I’m not working again until after the Open, so I’ve got plenty of time to practise and go down and see the place.
“I’ll just get myself ready really, but I got it off no problem.
“I think I’m going down (to Carnoustie) on Sunday for a wee bit.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to play (a practice round on Sunday) or not yet.
“I’ll play it by ear.
“We’ll make a rough plan and sort something.
“You want to be fresh for the tournament obviously, but I won’t prepare any differently to any other event I have.
“Any other amateur events I’ve been playing, you just prepare the same way.”
What will Locke, pictured, and Lawrie be looking to gain from their reconnaissance mission?
The amateur has played the course before – last month in an R&A event for patrons.
Locke said: “You just get a strategy for every hole and see how the ball’s reacting – how it’s bouncing, how far it’s running.
“You get used to the way the course is playing and develop a strategy for it.”
Locke, the reigning Scottish Amateur champion, who also played in a “home” Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links last month, is used to a degree of media attention.
However, the clamour around him since he produced a scintillating second 18 holes, including an eagle two, in East Lothian to reach the 147th Open is new ground for him.
He said: “I’ve not really (had this level of interest), I’ve had it a bit before.
“But you just kind of get used to it.
“With qualifying for the Open a lot of people have been wanting to speak to me, but it’s been fun.”