Fairway to heaven! Adrian Meronk becomes first ever Polish golfer to take part in US Masters
Adrian Meronk has made sporting history after becoming the first Polish golfer to take part in the prestigious ‘U.S. Masters’ competition.
Held every year in the United States, The Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club is the first of four major championships in the professional golf’s season.
Taking part in the US Open and The British Open in the past, Meronk is now one of the 16 debutants in this year’s Masters tournament.
The event, which is invite-only gathers the best golfers in the world, including the likes of golfing legends such as Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros.
The 29-year-old Meronk from Wrocław told Golf & Roll magazine: “It's exciting. The game of Masters is truly unique. I am very proud and happy to be here.
“I will try to treat my participation in the Masters as I would in any other tournament. I want to focus on my own game and play my best.
“We'll see what it does for me. I don't want to set high expectations for myself, I just want to show good golf.
“I know that if I play what I can, I can certainly compete for a very high place.”
Born in Hamburg, Germany, but living in Poland since he was two years old, the golfer started training while very young and was scouted by Welsh golf coach Matthew Tripper when he was just 16.
He then received a scholarship and played collegiate golf in America, later becoming a professional golfer in 2016.
Last year, he successfully won the Irish Open and Australian Open, the latest gave him the right to start in the competition currently taking place.
Ranked 59th in the world, the Pole has already participated in the European Tour achieving the best result in the history of Polish golf at the Open De Portugal tournament in the Challenge Tour.
This year’s Masters tournament is being held throughout the weekend.