George dreams big for Augusta

George Coetzee’s final-round 65 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship has secured his place at The Masters next year. It will be his first time playing all four majors, but the 26-year-old wants more than just a start in golf’s big four.

“My dream has never been just to play in The Masters. I know a couple of guys say that all they want to do in their life is play all four majors. That’s not the job description – I want to play in those majors and I want to win all of them. It’s great to have the opportunity,” he said.

Coetzee headed into the week at 49th in the World Ranking, which made Leopard Creek Golf Estate a last-chance saloon for him to secure his place at Augusta by remaining in the top 50.

“It’s been tough, last week I could feel that The Masters was making me play a bit rubbish, because it puts a bit of pressure on you. After three days of scrapping around this week I got things together. I’ll be sure to get as many practice rounds in as I can at Augusta,” he said.

Once the mission was accomplished he could set his focus to preparing for a season full of possibility.

“It’s Augusta. It’s the one major with a limited field. It’s the best in the world. I’ve watched it as a kid and it’s got so much history and I’m sure it’s going to be an unbelievable experience. As they say in poker: if you have a chip and a chair, you never know,” he said.

He said he’d ‘played’ the course on PlayStation, and it was a tournament that has long gripped his imagination: “I’ve watched it as a kid, and I was mad at Phil Mickelson for beating Ernie (Els) that one year when he holed that putt and jumped around like a madman. It’s got so much history and I’m sure it’s going to be an unbelievable experience.”

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