Tarren’s American dream

Callum Tarren had a week to remember at Pebble Beach as he competed in his first major championship.

Having secured his Korn Ferry Tour (formerly Web.com Tour) card for this season after topping the PGA Tour Series China order of merit last term, Callum qualified for this year’s US Open by winning sectional qualifying at Streamsong Black, opening with a course-record 64 to take the early lead and then backing it up with a 68 to top the field at 14 under-par

He went on to post rounds of 73 and 75 at Pebble Beach, missing the cut by four shots but taking a lot of positives from the week.

He said: “Playing at Pebble Beach was a great experience. It is the iconic US Open venue and a very special place to play my first major. I got off to a really good start on day one, birdieing the ninth to turn in level par before holing out from a fairway bunker at the 10th for eagle, which was a great moment. I’d hit it in that bunker in both my practice rounds so I knew the shot!

“I felt confident with eight holes to play, but you can’t miss fairways at the US Open, and that cost me. I had a slow start on day two and just left too much ground to make up. As a whole, I really enjoyed the experience. There were a lot of positives to take from it and I can’t wait to be back competing in another major.”

Callum was in 83rd place on the KFT order of merit – just outside the top 75 that secure their cards for next season and make it to the Tour Finals – as we went to print.