BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen his an iron shot. Rasmussen certified to play on this week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York starting Thursday, June 14, 2018.
SALT LAKE CITY — Rhett Rasmussen remains to be a young person, but he’ll be teeing it up with the very best gamers in the global this week at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.
Rasmussen, who turns 20 subsequent week, will probably be certainly one of the youngest golfers in the 156-player box in golfing’s moment primary of the 12 months. He is certainly one of two Utahns on this 12 months’s Open in conjunction with Salt Lake local Tony Finau, who’s playing in his 1/3 U.S. Open this week.
Both gamers tee off in the afternoon wave Thursday with Rasmussen teeing off in the ultimate team of the day at 12:42 p.m. MDT with Michael Block and Michael Hebert, whilst Finau is going off at 11:03 a.m. MDT with Luke List and Gary Woodland.
Rasmussen grew up in Draper and used to be a standout for Corner Canyon High prior to playing at BYU the previous two years. Though simply 19, he’s now not the youngest participant this week at the Open. That can be 17-year-old Noah Goodwin, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.
However, Rasmussen is certainly one of simply 5 youngsters in the box and the youngest golfer with native connections since Johnny Miller performed in the 1966 U.S. Open as a 19-year-old BYU freshman.
As certainly one of 20 amateurs in the box, Rasmussen is definitely mindful his probabilities of profitable this week, going towards the likes of Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are subsequent to unattainable. The final novice to win the U.S. Open used to be a man named John Goodman again in 1933 and the youngest participant to win the Open used to be 19-year-old John McDermott in 1911.
Still, he’s hoping his revel in this week will jumpstart a golfing profession that may result in the PGA Tour, identical to Finau, who has earned just about $10 million in the final 4 years.
“I’m super excited but I’m trying not to really think of it as much of a different tournament, though obviously it is,” Rasmussen mentioned. “I’m just going to try to get as much experience as possible and learn as much from other guys and play well when it comes time.”
Rasmussen went again to New York final Friday and spent a few days in New York City prior to practising Sunday and playing his first spherical at Shinnecock on Monday. Several members of the family and buddies are available, together with his caddie Kai Ruiz, a former teammate at BYU. Rasmussen used to be ready to play a convention spherical with Finau on Tuesday.
Rasmussen has been playing golfing since he used to be three and started competing in tournaments at 6. He right away began beating older children and by means of the time he used to be 14, he gained the prestigious Junior World Tournament in San Diego.
He’s gained a lot of native occasions, together with the Salt Lake City Open over execs when he used to be 17. His very best collegiate event used to be a person victory at Stanford final season. Rasmussen used to be disenchanted total in his sophomore season however used to be glad to complete the 12 months with a third-place end in the convention event.
I’m tremendous excited however I’m attempting to not truly bring to mind it as a lot of a unique event, even though clearly it’s. I’m simply going to check out to get as a lot revel in as imaginable and be told as a lot from different guys and play smartly when it comes time.
Rasmussen is hoping to apply in the footsteps of some other BYU golfer, Zac Blair, who performed in the U.S. Open in 2014, completing in a tie for 40th position prior to happening to play the Web.com Tour that summer time and qualify for the PGA Tour in the fall.
“That’s the goal — hopefully I can make the cut and start playing well,” Rasmussen mentioned. “That’s how Zac Blair got started — he made the cut at the U.S. Open and he got status on the Web, so hopefully I can use this as a springboard.”
That doesn’t imply Rasmussen gained’t be returning to BYU if he performs smartly this week, as he mentioned he plans to proceed as a school golfer.
“That’s the plan, you never know what happens, but that’s the plan,” he mentioned.
What Rasmussen doesn’t need is for this to be a one-time incidence of playing in certainly one of golfing’s primary tournaments.
“I want this to be remembered as my first, not my only one,” he mentioned.
As for Finau, he’s going to be playing in his 1/3 U.S. Open. He used to be in competition via 3 rounds at Chambers Bay in 2015 prior to faltering in the ultimate spherical and completing in a tie for 14th. He neglected the reduce in 2016 and didn’t qualify for the event final 12 months.
This season on the PGA Tour, Finau has 5 top-10 finishes and two second-place finishes and has earned greater than $2.eight million. He had made the reduce in seven immediately tournaments going again to March, prior to lacking by means of one shot final week at Memphis.
Finau performed smartly at the Masters in April, completing in a tie for 10th in spite of injuring his ankle the day prior to the event started. He is eligible for all 4 majors this 12 months on account of making the height 30 in the FedEx Cup standings final 12 months.