BRENDON de Jonge will make his US Masters debut alongside eight-time major champion Tom Watson and American Billy Horschel in the first two rounds of the year’s first golf major at Augusta National, Georgia, in the US starting today.
According to the draw for the first two rounds announced on Tuesday, de Jonge and company will tee off at 14:51 local time in today’s opening round. De Jonge is the first Zimbabwean golfer to play at The Masters in nine years.
The Masters Tournament, also known as The US Masters, is one of four major championships in professional golf after the British Open Championship, the US Open and the PGA Championship.
Golf legend Nick Price, who made 20 appearances at the Masters in a glittering career in which he won three major championships, was the last Zimbabwean to tee it up at Augusta National in 2005.
De Jonge, who was last year made his debut in the biannual Presidents’ Cup, will this week follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol when he takes part at this year’s event.
Having missed out in three of the four majors last season, one of De Jonge’s goals last season was to secure his place in the prestigious tournaments.
The 33-year-old Harare-born star achieved that as he secured his invitation at this year’s Masters following his impressive run during last year’s PGA Tour FedEx Cup play-offs.