Leading amateur Brady Watt to make pro debut at Thailand event

Australia’s Brady Watt, a semifinalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur, will make his professional debut this week at the Thailand Golf Championship.

The 23-year-old Watt, who reached No. 1 in the world amateur golf rankings last June, will attend the 2014 Asian Tour School but hopes to attract invitations to play globally.

Watt said his dream as a boy was to turn pro eventually, ”and I am absolutely delighted that this day has arrived.”

Brad James, Golf Australia’s high performance director, said the organization will continue to work with Brady through its Rookie Professional program, ”which is specifically designed to support players as they make this transition.”