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English amateur champion Laird Shepherd says it has not yet sunk in that he has earned a place in The Masters

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English newbie champion Laird Shepherd says it has not but sunk in that he has earned a spot in The Masters

English newbie champion Laird Shepherd says it has not but sunk in that he has earned a spot in The Masters

English newbie Laird Shepherd is eagerly wanting ahead to his “surreal” Masters debut after qualifying in dramatic model final yr.

The 24-year-old received the 126th Beginner Championship at Nairn in June, producing an astonishing comeback to beat fellow Englishman Monty Scowsill having been eight down after 17 holes of the 36-hole last.

With a spot within the Masters, Open Championship and US Open at stake, he was nonetheless 4 down with 4 to play however received all of them earlier than clinching the title on the second additional gap.

“For some motive I by no means actually felt I used to be going to lose and I simply saved myself alive. To return by on the second additional gap I could not imagine it,” Shepherd informed Sky Sports activities Information at Augusta Nationwide.

Shepherd’s victory was all of the extra outstanding given his struggles with again and knee accidents which frequently meant he would go months with out touching a membership, and he had been considering returning to school to check for one more diploma simply 10 days earlier than the ultimate.

He additionally labored in a Tesco name centre throughout lockdown however has since competed within the Open Championship at Royal St George’s and made the reduce within the Cazoo Basic on the DP World Tour.

Shepherd in action at The Open at Royal St George's Golf Club last year where he missed the cut by two shots

Shepherd in motion at The Open at Royal St George’s Golf Membership final yr the place he missed the reduce by two photographs

A “surreal” Masters debut now awaits Shepherd and he will even play within the US Open in June.

“It most likely will not sink in till I peg it up on Thursday,” he added. “I by no means actually acquired this far in my desires as a result of it simply did not look like it was ever going to occur. It is fairly surreal to be right here and I am wanting ahead to it.

“Simply over a yr in the past I used to be working in a name centre in Dundee for Tesco. I might been struggling for the final three-and-a-half or 4 years with accidents and hadn’t actually been in a position to play a set schedule due to that.

“I used to be beginning to consider doing different issues to be trustworthy, so when it comes to Covid it virtually hit on the proper time as a result of it gave me a little bit of time to reassess what I wanted to do to get wholesome and get enjoying and I used to be in a position to hold that going and clearly play some golf and play some respectable golf.”

‘You’d like to play with Tiger’

Shepherd will study on Tuesday who he shall be enjoying alongside for the primary two rounds and though he says he’s blissful to play with anybody, he does have one explicit participant in thoughts within the form of five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who will make a “game-time determination” about making a outstanding comeback after travelling to Augusta Nationwide on Sunday.

“Actually I might take anybody – anybody enjoying on this subject is fairly good at golf so it will likely be enjoyable to study from anybody I get an opportunity to,” mentioned Shepherd.

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“Clearly you’d like to play with Tiger. To suppose, rising up, to now enjoying in the identical occasion as him, doubtlessly – we are going to see what occurs – it could be simply utterly surreal. I’ll most likely attempt my greatest to hunt him out at some stage simply to say good day.

“The man is only a god, he has such an aura and personally having the damage troubles I’ve needed to watch somebody like him constantly come again and put the exhausting yards in to come back and play match golf once more is fairly inspiring. Golf owes him lots.”

Skilled plan after US Open

After enjoying in The Masters and US Open as an newbie, Shepherd plans to show skilled.

He mentioned: “I am going to most likely be turning professional on the Monday after the US Open all going nicely. It is one thing I’ve all the time needed to do and these occasions give me a superb begin on that journey I suppose.

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“[I will] try to study lots and acquire expertise after which we are going to see what we are able to do. Simply securing a card for subsequent yr is my objective and go from there.

“I’ve the utmost respect for anybody that is enjoying skilled golf as a result of it is a grind. It means it’s important to take pleasure in stuff like this as a result of it would by no means occur once more. I will be having fun with this week for positive.”

Shepherd twins have busy week forward

One member of Shepherd’s household who is not going to be at Augusta Nationwide to observe him is his twin brother, Callum, a number one Flat jockey who is about to be driving on the all-weather on Thursday and Friday.

Jockey Callum Shepherd has ridden 14 winners so far this year

Jockey Callum Shepherd has ridden 14 winners up to now this yr

“It is not the identical as being there however I will be following him as carefully as I can. For him being there’s very, very particular however I hope he can play some good golf,” Callum Shepherd informed the Racing Submit.

“My dad and mom are going over with some household associates. They’ve rented a home however I’ll stick it out right here on the likes of Redcar [on Monday].”

When is The Masters stay on Sky Sports activities?

What time does The Masters protection begin? What additional feeds can be found? How can I comply with the motion from Augusta Nationwide? Our information to watching the opening males’s main of the yr stay on Sky Sports activities Golf.

Monday April 4

1700-1900 – On the Vary LIVE!

1900-2200 – Dwell from The Masters

Tuesday April 5

1400-2200 – Dwell from The Masters

Wednesday April 6

1400-1900 – Dwell from The Masters

1900-2230 – The Masters: Par-3 contest LIVE!

Thursday April 7

1400-1930 – Featured Teams LIVE!

1930-0030 – The Masters: Day one LIVE!

Crimson button (precise timings TBC) – 1330 On the Vary, 1430 Holes 4-6, 1545 Amen Nook, 1645 Holes 15-16, 1830 Featured Teams

Friday April 8

1400-1930 – Featured Teams LIVE!

1930-0030 – The Masters: Day two LIVE!

Crimson button (precise timings TBC) – 1330 On the Vary, 1430 Holes 4-6, 1545 Amen Nook, 1645 Holes 15-16, 1830 Featured Teams

Saturday April 9

0900-1200 – Masters Breakfast LIVE!

1500-1930 – The Masters build-up LIVE!

1930-0030 – The Masters: Day three LIVE!

Crimson button (precise timings TBC) – 1515 Featured Teams, 1530 Holes 4-6, 1600 On the Vary, 1645 Amen Nook, 1730 Holes 15-16

Sunday April 10

0900-1200 – Masters Breakfast LIVE!

1500-1830 – The Masters build-up LIVE!

1830-0030 – The Masters: Day 4 LIVE!

Crimson button (precise timings TBC) – 1515 Featured Teams, 1530 Holes 4-6, 1600 On the Vary, 1645 Amen Nook, 1730 Holes 15-16

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