It is often tempting to get caught up in the whirlwinds of hype surrounding the latest teenage prodigies in various sports, the great hopes for the future, but Jens Fahrbring - about to embark on a rookie season on The European Tour - knows that good things come to those who wait.
The Swede fits the bill as a classic late developer, having only taken up golf as a serious career option in his mid-twenties, but having graduated from the European Challenge Tour by finishing in tenth place in the 2015 Road to Oman Rankings, he can look forward to life on The 2016 Race to Dubai.
Now 31 years old, Fahrbring has always had sporting ambitions and, but for an injury, may well have pursued ice hockey instead. Even so, he did not seriously consider professional sport until he had completed his studies.
After six seasons on the Nordic Golf League, Fahrbring won promotion to the Challenge Tour in 2012, winning the Norwegian Challenge in his first season on Europe’s top developmental tour.
He followed it with another victory in the 2015 season at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge (see highlights above), one of six top 15 finishes – including a third place in the most lucrative event of the year, the Kazakhstan Open – and he admitted relief was his overriding emotion upon reaching The European Tour after the season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.
“I feel so relieved, it feels amazing,” he said. “Ever since I finished third in Kazakhstan people had been telling me I was safe, and when all these people start telling me that I start looking at the Rankings. Usually I never look at the Rankings, or the guys behind me, but the last month was nerve-wracking for me, so I’m very relieved it’s all over.
“I’ve never been a player to set goals so we’ll see. I haven’t even thought about the year ahead, and it’s going to take a while to sink in, but it feels incredible.
“I started playing golf when I was seven or eight years old, but I was more into ice hockey and football. I got injured playing hockey so then I played golf, but I didn’t really start taking golf seriously until I graduated from college.
“When I was 23 or 24, I started practising a bit more and realised what I needed to do to reach my goals. I played for six years on the Nordic Golf League and that’s a tough tour – we have tough courses and tough weather conditions and you’ve got to have a really good year to finish in the top five.
“In 2013 I finished in the top five and I’ve been playing on the Challenge Tour for three years until now – and now The European Tour. It’s amazing.”
Fahrbring will be heartened as he embarks on his first full season in the big time by his performance in September at the 72° OPEN D’ITALIA presented by DAMIANI, where he led for the first three rounds before finishing in a tie for third place.
“I had a good week in Italy,” he said. “It feels good to have proven myself in a situation like that so I’m looking forward to competing at that level next season.“It feels good to be a full-time Member on The European Tour. If somebody had told me that four or five years ago I wouldn’t have believed them so this is huge for me and I’m going to have fun next year, that’s for sure.”