Will Zalatoris will attempt to build on the momentum of his runner-up end at the Masters as he seeks a primary US PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage this week.
The 24-year-old American birdied two of his final 4 holes at Augusta National to end one stroke behind Hideki Matsuyama — who grew to become the primary Japanese participant to win one in all golf’s Grand Slam tournaments.
“Obviously an amazing week,” Zalatoris stated of his outing at Augusta National.
“To be in contention on a Sunday at Augusta was obviously a dream come true. Obviously to come up one short will sting forever, but I know that I can contend against the best players in the world, and I know I’m capable of getting those two shots somewhere pretty soon.”
Zalatoris jumped 19 locations on this planet golf rankings to twenty seventh — however he is nonetheless not a full member of the US PGA Tour, and as issues stand, is ineligible for the season-ending playoffs collection.
A primary victory would see to that, and add slightly certainty for Zalatoris — who secured his US Open berth final September primarily based on his standing on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.
A sixth-place end at Winged foot led to some US PGA Tour begins, many by means of sponsor exemptions. Going into the Masters he had already gained particular non permanent standing for the PGA Tour season.
In 15 begins he has six top-10 finishes, and Zalatoris stated all of the uncertainty solely made his expertise at Augusta National extra pleasurable.
“I still wish I could put into words how much fun I actually had,” he stated.
“I was able to appreciate playing in my first Masters because, of course, like I’ve said, I really haven’t taken anything for granted over the last two years, going from Monday (qualifying) for Korn Ferry events to playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, possibly playing the Korn Ferry Tour for two years to then playing in my first Masters, it’s a crazy wild ride that I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it.”
The area at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina additionally options world primary Dustin Johnson — aiming to regroup after lacking the reduce in his title protection at Augusta National.
“The game is OK,” Johnson stated. “Obviously last week I really struggled with the putting, so I’m putting in a lot of work this week on it.
“Probably the worst I’ve putted in a very long time,” added Johnson, who had six three-putts over the first two rounds.
“It was disappointing,” said Johnson, who said he was happy to stick around Augusta through the weekend in order to be available to slip the green jacket onto Matsuyama’s shoulders in the traditional trophy ceremony at Augusta.
“I’d have appreciated to have saved it, however I’ve bought one, so it nonetheless felt good,” Johnson said. “And clearly very joyful for Hideki. He performed nice. I feel it’s nice for golf. It’s nice for him.”