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De Jongé bids for glory at US Open

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ZIMBABWE’S Brendon de Jongé 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,US, starting this evening.

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De Jongé, 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 7:15pm (Zimbabwe time) alongside American Kevin Stadler and Irishman Shane Lowry in today’s opening round.

The last few weeks have witnessed an amazing turn around in de Jongé’s season with the highlight being his spectacular comeback at the Wells Fargo Championship last month.

De Jongé, 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 Jongé is the fact that he’s made his last five cuts and four of them have led to top 30’s, a clear sign that he’s due to 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 President’s Cup and made it all the way to the final leg of the Fedex Cup play-offs without actually winning an event, which is hard to do.

De Jongé 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 the US Open just once, back in 2010 where he finished a respectable 33rd.

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