Shinnecock Hills- South Africa’s Dean Burmester on Thursday will not only be making his debut at the US open but his first major debut at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course.
Burmester is well known in the European and Sunshine Tour and has won a title in Europe and six titles in the Sunshine Tour.
Burmester spoke to Sport24 at Shinnecock Hills, he said, “Yeah, I’m obviously excited, I haven’t played one before and it’s kind of a childhood dream just to play. The preparation has gone well and we’re looking forward to the next four days,”
“In the back of your mind it’s always kind of like a goal, the dream is a reality now. We got through to the qualifier and that was pretty cool.
“You know when I got the invitation, it was kind of surreal and I had to pinch myself when I got here on Saturday and played my first nine holes.
“But as the week has gone on, it’s grown on me and I’ve become pretty comfortable.”
He was then asked about the course layout, Burmester said, “Yeah, it’s kind of tough. The rough is really rough and sticky and long,”
“You have to hit a lot of fairways just to get yourself into position to put it on the green. But then you’ve got the green complex, where there are run offs – they’re kind of mushroom shaped.
“If you’re not hitting the green consistently you’re going to get in a lot of trouble.”
His expectation of his first US open is a simple one.
“Everyone tees off at the US Open to win but realistically this is my first one and I’m just going to try and enjoy the experience as much as I can and whatever outcome comes Sunday it’ll be great,” he said.
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