In-form Dwayne Pearman takes aim at US Senior Open qualifier
Dwayne Pearman has taken aim at competing at the 41st US Senior Open in Omaha, Nebraska, this summer.
The 58-year-old professional will launch his bid when he tees off in an 18-hole qualifier scheduled to take place at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida, on May 24.
“This would be big if I qualify because it’s a major championship,” Pearman said. “It would be nice to qualify for an event like that and I am going to try and put my best foot forward.”
Pearman will venture into unknown territory at the par-72, Ron Garl-designed layout.
“I don’t know the golf course and I’ve never played it,” he added. “I don’t even really think I’m going to get a practice round with all this stuff [(Covid -19 pandemic] going on.
“I am just going to try to do the best I can to play decent golf and make some putts, and see how it goes.”
Pearman has his work cut out for him playing among formidable field with little or no margin for error.
“All of these guys play good golf and you have to shoot under par to qualify,” he added. “Two, three or four over par is not going to do it unless it’s bad weather. But if it’s a calm day, you have to shoot two, three or four under at least to qualify, and I am just going to go out and do the best I can.”
Omaha Country Club will host the US Senior Open from July 8 to 11.
Last year’s championship was scheduled to be held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island but was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Pearman is just off victory at the Bermuda Professional Golfers Association Stroke Play Championship at Tucker’s Point last week.
He carded a one-under 69, which included three birdies, in the last of the three rounds to finish two shots clear of nearest rival Chaka DeSilva.
The two players held a share of the lead through 16 holes before Pearman surged ahead for good after rolling in a short birdie putt at the par-four 17th hole.
“I am happy with the way I played and the outcome,” Pearman said. “I hit the ball really well, just played steady and had a good round of golf.
“I had fun and it’s nice to compete against the young boys and still be able to show them that I can hang around.
“I like to practise, so I guess some of the practice is paying off.”
While delighted to add to an impressive list of titles, the Port Royal veteran admits there is room for growth in certain aspects of his game.
“I didn’t putt as well as I like to,” Pearman said. “I have been struggling with the putter, which has really been holding me back these last few years.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I’m hitting the ball, but I really have to focus on my putting and my short game.
“I didn’t really chip well this tournament, so I think I’ll concentrate on my short game a lot more over the summer and see how it goes.”