ZIMBABWE’S Brendon de Jonge will be bidding for glory when he tees off in one of golf’s most prestigious events, the US Open at the world renowned Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina starting this evening.
De Jonge, fresh from being named the country’s International Golf Ambassador at the inaugural Zimbabwe Golf Awards will take his place in a star-studded field with an eye on a lion’s share of the rich prize fund of $8 million.
The talented Harare-born golfer will tee off at 1915 hours (Zimbabwe time) alongside American Kevin Stadler and Irishman Shane Lowry in today’s opening round.
The last few weeks has witnessed an amazing turn around in de Jonge’s season with the highlight being his spectacular comeback at the Wells Fargo Championship last month.
De Jonge, who has made 15 of 20 cuts on the PGA Tour this year looks to be back to his consistent self after a slow start to his season.
Crucially for de Jonge is the fact that he’s made his last 5 cuts and 4 of them have led to top 30’s, a clear sign that he’s due a big week soon.
He proved last year he can handle the big occasions. He finished in a tie for position 37 on his first appearance at Augusta National carding rounds of 74, 72, 76, 73 for a gross total of seven-over 295.
He was also arguably the Internationals team’s best player in the Presidents Cup and made it all the way to the final leg of the Fedex Cup Playoffs without actually winning an event, which is hard to do.
De Jonge made his US Open debut at Pebble Beach in 2010, finishing in a tie for position 33, but is yet to feature in the prestigious championship ever since.
He has played at the US Open once, in 2010 where he finished a respectable 33rd.