Sheehan excited to be at first US Open

Australian golfer Paul Sheehan appears set to enjoy his first US Open whatever the outcome. The 33 year old earned his right to play at Pebble Beach courtesy of the Sectional Qualifying staged in Japan where he now focuses his attention.

"It's a lot like playing in Australian really," said Sheehan during a practice round on Tuesday with Robert Allenby.

"The fairways are bouncy and it is hard around the greens and the wind so it is a typically seaside conditions. These are conditions we are used to playing in."

"I'm excited to be here. I got in through Japan Sectional qualifying which was 36 holes and started with a good morning round. I spent most of the time during my afternoon round thinking about the possibility of getting here."

"I played here when playing the PGA Tour in 2007 and loved the golf course then and even more now. My form has been a mixed bag this year and I am just trying to find a greater level of consistency. If I can produce the form that I showed when second at the Crowns behind Ryo (Ishikawa) well then that is what I am trying to find."

Sheehan played the Nationwide then the PGA Tours in 2006 and 2007 before returning to play the Japan Golf Tour after just a few months of playing the PGA Tour in 2007. He secured his PGA Tour status as a result of winning an event on the Nationwide Tour in 2006 and finishing inside the top 20 that season.

A winner of the prestigious Japan Open in 2006, Sheehan enjoys playing there and like many of the Australians playing in that country takes advantage of the easy commute to and from his home in Victoria.


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Bruce Young
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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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