Coffs golfer ready for US Open

On par: Paul Sheehan is “pumped, excited, nervous” about his US Open debut.
On par: Paul Sheehan is “pumped, excited, nervous” about his US Open debut. Barry Leddicoat/Sunshine Coast Daily

COFFS Harbour golfer Paul Sheehan better make sure he sets his alarm for the opening round of this week’s US Open.

Sheehan has been placed in the very first group to tee off on the opening day’s play, where he will be playing his first shot at 7am (4am Friday AEST).

The 33-year-old has been drawn to play the first two rounds at the famed Pebble Beach course alongside Gary Woodland and South African Deane Pappas.

At least on the second day of competition Sheehan will be able to enjoy a bit of a sleep in with a tee off time on the 10th hole of 12.30pm (9.30am Saturday AEST).

Unlike a lot of other players with poor US Open histories, Sheehan doesn’t have any mental baggage from past years as this will be his first US Open.

Indeed this will be just his third major, after two British Open appearances.

“I’m pumped, excited, nervous, all of those things,” said Sheehan, who earned his spot at a qualifier in Japan thanks to some family advice.

“I was thinking about not entering, but my wife said ‘Enter it, you never know’.

“She talked me into it and it was a great suggestion.”

Sheehan plays mostly in Japan, where the courses are often set up much like the US Open, with firm greens and punishing rough.

“Obviously there’s a lot more depth (of great players) here (in the US), but generally I like playing harder golf courses,” he said.

“You don’t have to make a lot of birdies.”