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Pair set for US Open Sectional success

Travis Smyth and Harrison Endycott at Walton Heath
Travis Smyth and Harrison Endycott at Walton Heath

NSW stars Harrison Endycott and Travis Smyth are set to go in their quest for a place in next month's US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The pair will be vying for spot's in the year's second major against many of the stars of the European Tour at the 36 hole Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey England when sectional qualifying begins tonight (Sydney time).

It is Endycott's second attempt at sectionals after the 21-year-old gave himself a great chance of qualifying last year.

"Last year was a whole new experience for me, and I was so in awe of the crowds and players," Endycott told Golf NSW.

"I played well in the weather conditions, and I couldn't believe I was two-under and tied 6th after the first round.

"I got too focused on leaderboards in the second round, and played a bit too safe.

"This year my mindset is only on myself and nothing but myself," he said.

For the 22-year old Smyth, US Open sectional qualifying is a first, but he believes he won't be overawed by the experience.

"I'm more excited than anything. Even though I haven't played in one, Harrison has told me all about it, and I know if I play well, I'll be just fine," Smyth said.

"I don't expect to get in if I play average, so I have prepared the best I can and will give it my best shot."

The pair is preparing for the conditions to be tough and the course to be a challenge. They are adapting their games to the amount of bounce and roll on the fairways and lowering their normal ball flight.

"It's a fun style of golf, hitting a wedge from 170 downwind and knowing that with a particular bounce that it could go 200m," Smyth said. "it's just so different out here."

Endycott added: "It's all about how well you use the ground here more than the ball flight and that takes practice."

Endycott begins his quest at 7.07pm (AEST) playing alongside Frenchman Damien Perrier on Walton Heath’s Old Course, while Smyth will tee off at 7.17pm alongside 2016 NSW Open champion Adam Blyth on the New Course.


 

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