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Sugrue set for US Open

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  • 16 September 2020
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When James Sugrue won The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock in 2019 in front of 3,000 raucous fans, his calendar quickly filled with invites from far and wide.

2020 promised so much, dates to rub shoulders with the pros at The Masters, Memorial and the US Open, all before a certain pandemic reared its ugly head.

Thankfully postponements rather than cancellations have kept the dream alive for the Mallow man and after months of patiently waiting, Sugrue is in New York and about to take on a US Open host venue at Winged Foot that many expect to be the toughest ever.

“It’s very good in terms of the design and the layout of it, it’s brilliant,” said Sugrue, who took a call from us late on Tuesday night.

“There’s no easy hole – the par-3’s are long, the par-5’s are long, the par-4’s are long, the rough is long, the greens are fast and slopey. Everything you could imagine to be tough about a golf course, it has.”