English journeyman Richard Bland admitted he would catch it hard no longer to dream of winning the US Birth after claiming the surprise clubhouse goal at Torrey Pines.
Bland had no longer tasted victory on the European Tour until five weeks ago, when he won the British Masters at The Belfry on his 478th delivery up.
But after alongside with a impossible second-spherical 67 to his opening 70 to rep 22 situation the stagger on five under par, the 48-year-frail can now dare to gaze winning a principal championship.
“Of course, it’s going to be superb no longer easy no longer to have that,” Bland mentioned. “I am very proud. To lead a principal is continuously superb particular.
“I tied the lead within the Birth in 2017 for a gap, so it’s good to gain it a bit of longer than that.”
Bland’s victory within the British Masters secured his rep 22 situation at Torrey Pines by device of a mini declare of advantage from three European Tour events, which replaced the outmoded 36-gap qualifier as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
“I used to be coming here off a couple of comely outcomes, a seize and a third in Europe,” added the realm No.115, coincidentally the identical ranking held by Phil Mickelson forward of he won the US PGA Championship eight days after Bland’s seize.
“I used to be feeling superb comely about my game. I’ve been riding the ball successfully for five, six weeks now, which is the cornerstone in case you must well perchance even be going to set up a wrestle up for a US Birth.
“When I seen this rep 22 situation on Monday, it style of rep 22 situation as much as my leer. There will not be any longer too many doglegs. It’s all there appropriate straight in front of me, and that’s the rationale the style of golf course I delight in. There’s nothing style of jumping out and grabbing you or anything else delight in that.”
Bland’s simplest earlier skills of a principal on US soil used to be the 2009 US Birth at Bethpage, when he covered his first four holes in six over par within the worst of the climate prerequisites but performed his final 32 in only one over.
“I am a professional golfer, but I am additionally a golf fan,” he added.
“I delight in to gawk the Masters especially and I’ve been lucky enough to play (at Augusta) with a pal of mine. There’s nothing delight in the encourage 9 of a Masters.
“With a bit of of luck if I will preserve taking half within the methodology I am taking half in, perchance subsequent year I could well perchance be ready to skills it. That will be an ultimate dream arrive precise.
“In the qualifiers now we gain in Europe, I judge I’ve lost in a play-off four times for this, for a US Birth, and I’ve lost three times in Birth qualifying.
“I could well perchance gain perchance performed nearer to double figure majors, but it’s no longer moderately to be, and I am no longer going to lose any sleep over that. I am appropriate taking half in this one precise now.”
Battler dreams of US Birth glory