MARC Warren expects a ‘brutal test’ as he takes on the Lake Course at this week’s US Open, his first Major golf tournament.
The 31-year-old, originally from Stewartfield, qualified last month for the event in San Francisco and as he lines up alongside the world’s best golfers, he insists he will relish the test that awaits him when he tees off on Thursday.
Warren told the News: “I expect it to be a brutal test of my game in every department and I will be disappointed if it’s not.
“Being my first Major I want this to be as tough as possible so I can learn whatever I possibly can from the rounds I play.
“I’ve prepared for this as much as any other tournament, but it will be completely different to any event I’ve played before.
“Every Major has its difficulties and its own tests, but the US Open is notoriously tough.
“I’ve watched it on TV before and it’s difficult to shoot low scores, but I’m ready for a physical and mental test of my abilities.
“I’m looking forward to that.
“But I’m not going out there expecting anything crazy from myself. I’ll just give every shot the best I can and see where it takes me.
“I’m not going set any specific targets for myself.”
Warren is in fine fettle as he prepares for his maiden Major and has achieved this goal after a turbulent few years.
After his last European Tour win in 2007 he spiralled down the rankings and in 2010 ended up out of the top tier and on the Challenge Tour.
And he admits, after being at a stage where he was carrying his own clubs at a Challenge Tour event in Kenya 14 months ago, he never imagined he would be playing the US Open.
“There were certainly points then when I thought a moment like this might never come,” said Warren.
“But I knew if I got my card back then there’s always the opportunity to achieve the things you want, so I did that and I’m one out of one for Major qualifying events so far.”
The honorary East Kilbride Golf Club member will be joined by his wife Laura, who helped convince him to try out for the US Open qualifying at Walton Heath, but San Francisco has proved a Golden Gate bridge too far for some.
Warren added: “It’s unfortunate my first Major is so far away from home.
“My friends and family looked into coming over but it’s very expensive and it’s the far side of America as well so it’s a long trip.
“But Laura will be there to support me.”
Marc will tee-off at 5.01pm GMT on Thursday alongside Australia’s Anthony Summers and American Michael Allen. He will play in the same grouping on Friday, but will tee-off at 10.46pm GMT.
l Warren’s friend and East Kilbride Golf Club’s head pro Paul MacKay on the journey to the US Open. Turn to pages 92 and 93.