He is the sensation of Spanish golf. Álvaro Mueller-Baumgart Lucena is attracting the spotlight on the amateur circuit after completing an extraordinary double. In the space of just three months, the Marbella golfer has been crowned under-18 Spanish champion at La Pinaíllas (Albacete) and then repeated the feat among the adults at the Real Club de Golf de La Coruña.
With a German father and a Spanish mother, Mueller was born in Munich but moved at the age of two with his family to Marbella: "One day my dad brought to me to the practice range in San Pedro and I loved it. I was about three or four years old."
His rapid rise has not gone unnoticed by the Andalusian Golf Federation, whose president, Pablo Mansilla, said: "It's extraordinary, but not surprising because everyone already knows the quality he has. It's very rare for a player to climb so many places in just a few months."
Mueller himself, however, is very coy and told SUR, "I'd love to be a professional golfer but I also like Maths and Physics so if it doesn't work out, I'd like to be an engineer."
However, for now attention is being turned to the United States Amateur Championship in Pinehurst (North Carolina) this August for which Mueller qualified directly after his impressive season.