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Pampling's game better than results show

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Queensland Rod Pampling is delighted to be part of the US Open this year having gained his place in the field a week ago via Sectional Qualifying.

Pampling will play his 7th US Open having made two cuts with a best of 14th in 2009.

"I'm very happy to be here and love the golf course. It sets up really nice. You don't feel like you need to bomb it but rather it is all positional play and I am hitting it nicely as well so am looking forward to a good week.

"I got here on Friday and played 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday so got some time to look around with not many people here so learned a lot about where to go and where not to go."

With only one top ten to show for his 14 starts to date this season it has been at times frustrating for Pampling but he believes his game is not quite as bad as the results would suggest.

"It has been just the scoring this year," added Pampling.

"Every time I make birdie it seems I make a bogey and I haven't been able to get those rolls going and it is just a matter of working hard and eventually it is going to come around. If you could put your finger on it it would be great but I am not looking for anything as such."

"Gary (Edwin) was here for a two weeks around the Byron and Colonial and even though I missed those two cuts I was hitting it well.

"Now it is a case of just going and playing and not worrying about the swing. You sometime get too wrapped up in the swing whereas now I feel it is there so it is a case of just looking at the shot and hitting it."

Pampling will play at 8.43 on day one when he will play with Toru Taniguchi and Tim Clark.


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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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