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Northants golfer Gary Boyd prepared for 'ultimate' test


Goal is to play all majors - Boyd

Northamptonshire golfer Gary Boyd says patience will be key for the biggest challenge of his career at the US Open.

The 23-year-old secured his place at Pebble Beach with rounds of 67 and 69 in the qualifier at Walton Heath.

Boyd told BBC Look East: "It's like the Grand Slam of tennis, or football's World Cup.

"It's a big achievement to play in a major. A major golf tournament is all about patience, you need luck and skill and I'll try to prepare as best I can."

Boyd competed in the 2008 Open Championship at Birkdale but admits Pebble Beach is a new challenge for him.

"It's probably the ultimate place to hold it," said Boyd.

"It's got the sea and the views, and it's got the top fifty players in the world. There's knee high rough, and this is probably the hardest course I'll have ever played in my life.

"It's one of my ultimate dreams to play in all of the majors.

"I am in the US Open trying to win it, but I'm trying to take experiences and hopefully it'll put me in good stead for this year and the rest of my career."

Boyd, Terry Pilkadaris and Rich Barcelo will tee off at 2030 BST on Thursday, starting on the 10th hole.

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