|Dated: June 17-20 Location: Torrey Pines, California|
|Blanket: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 22:00 BST. Live text commentary from 2:30 p.m. BST|
It doesn’t happen very often that a golfer preparing for a big championship goes looking for a caddy and finds one in the back of a garbage truck.
This will be the case when England’s Dave Coupland takes part in the US Open in Torrey Pines, Calif., With his father by his side.
Paul Coupland gave up his job with a garbage collection team for the Boston Borough Council in Lincolnshire to travel over 5,000 miles with his son on the biggest adventure of his golfing career.
“He kept telling me ‘Daddy will you come get me?’ So last Thursday I ended up handing over my review and I’m going to try my hand at the cart now, “he told BBC Look North.
“I was chasing a garbage truck all day, probably walking up to 10 miles a day some days, so I should be able to walk four rounds of golf with any luck.”
It’s been a good year for Dave, 35, who finished third spouse behind Richard Bland at the British Masters in May.
Not bad for a player who once sold shares in itself to raise funds to further his career.
The US Open isn’t Dave’s first major tournament.
He played two rounds at the Carnoustie Open in 2007 and the Royal Troon in 2016, missing half the cup each time, but competing in the United States is a challenge he relishes.
“I said to him 20 years ago, when we went to Florida, ‘you will play here someday my son’, and now the time is right,” said his mother Louise.
“I’ve been playing probably since I was 13, so it’s been 22 years now. You watch it on TV, at the US Open, you still want to get there at some point in your career. It’s the pinnacle of it. Dave added.
He will be one of 15 British players competing at Torrey Pines and the first Lincolnshire golfer to play in the US Open since Tony Jacklin, the champion 51 years ago.
Dave will play alongside Canada’s Taylor Pendrith and Australia’s Wade Ormsby in Thursday’s opening round.
Richard Latham, general manager of Woodhall Spa GC, Dave’s home club, said local interest in his performance at Torry Pines was “off the scale”.
“One of the things that makes us so proud of him is that he continues to be Dave,” he continued.
“People can make several millions at this game, but that probably won’t change it at all. He would drive in an unpretentious car, live in an unpretentious house, just being Dave and that’s one thing that makes us really love it. him a lot. “