Deyen Lawson – “or “Digger” as everybody in Australian golf is aware of him – is a 1000-1 outsider to win the British Open in his debut main, however there is not any hurt within the huge man dreaming huge on the venue which 18 years in the past delivered one of many sport’s most unbelievable winners.
For it was at Royal St George’s in 2003 that Ben Curtis, a supposed 500-1 no-hoper from Ohio ranked 396th on the planet, upstaged Tiger Woods et al to document a victory that stupefied everybody, not least himself.
Curtis, the primary since Francis Ouimet within the 1913 US Open to win his debut main, retired three years in the past on the age of 41 however his title stands as an inspiration to any hard-working golfer with a little bit of self-belief and the capability to dream on the most capricious of the 4 majors.
Lawson, at 30, is among the dreamers. At present No.633 on the planet, making his debut within the majors and rated by British bookmakers as being twice as unlikely to win the 149th version of the Open as Curtis was to win the 132nd, the person from Geelong insists he is not right here simply to soak up the ocean air.
“It may very well be a great few weeks for Australia – Cam Davis (successful on the PGA Tour in Detroit), Ash Barty at Wimbledon, Min Woo Lee and Lucas Herbert (successful on the European Tour)…I might like so as to add to that little lot, that’d be nice,” Lawson informed AAP.
He booked his dream Open place by successful a 36-hole last qualifying occasion in Kent down the highway from Royal St George’s simply over a fortnight in the past to finish “a objective I’ve had since I used to be a little bit child.”
It was a lift virtually out of nowhere for a journeyman who largely competes on the second-tier Problem Tour in Europe however hasn’t made any waves of late.
Requested if there have been instances when he felt like quitting throughout his lengthy slog to make his title in European golf, the likeable Lawson smiled: “Yeah, about 4 weeks in the past! I do love journey however I do miss not with the ability to go residence.
“It is actually been a battle by way of the center of the yr. I have never been residence for a couple of months now and possibly will not till November – I am unsure if I may even return then to be sincere.
“To be taking part in my first main has made it a little bit bit sweeter to make up for all of the kind of heartache you undergo. It is come at a very good time for me.
“My ambitions? I might like to be high 50 on the planet, to play on the European Tour and work in direction of the PGA tour, play within the majors. Just about what Jason (Day) does.”
On Tuesday, Lawson practised along with his illustrious compatriot Day for the primary time right here.
“He was plenty of enjoyable, we had some good laughs – however then when he is hitting his shot, there’s this 15, 20 seconds when he abruptly goes into the zone. Clearly there is a cause why he is been No 1 on the planet…”
Like everybody else, Day took to ‘Digger’. “A few my brothers’ mates began calling me Digger at college and it kind of caught on. Now the one individuals who name me Deyen are my fiancee and my mum!
“I really feel like I am just a bit child with golf. It is solely my fifth or sixth yr full-time taking part in, so I really feel my subsequent 5, 10 years are in all probability going to be my greatest years.”
Beginning with a Ben Curtis second, maybe?