Breakout star Wood turns professional

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LONDON -- Golfer Chris Wood turned professional on Monday, just over a week after finishing as the highest placed amateur at the British Open.
 
The 20-year-old Wood tied for fifth with Jim Furyk at Royal Birkdale, seven shots behind winner Padraig Harrington. Wood signed with the International Sports Management group and will receive invitations to European Tour events.
 
Royal Birkdale was the best week of my life and now I am looking forward to an equally exciting and successful future in the professional ranks, Wood said. I played with Darren Clarke yesterday and Ive spoken to another two professionals, and theyve all said that Ill be a better player after a year on the Tour.
 
Wood, who had his father Richard carrying his bag at the British Open, has already been invited to play at the British Masters at The Belfry.