Schmid becomes just the second German to be crowned Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, following Martin Kaymer, who claimed the award in 2007 before going on to become a world no.1, two-time Major champion and a Ryder Cup player.
“It feels incredible to be named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2021,” said Schmid. “It was a very intense year, but I am delighted with my start to life as a professional. To win the Silver Medal at The Open Championship was a very special achievement but going out into the professional ranks is a different challenge. I think that I am capable to compete at the very highest level which gives me the confidence for the future.
“To secure my card on the DP World Tour in just seven starts is something I am proud of and to win this award is just a wonderful bonus and a nice reward for the hard work I have put in.”