PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2014) -- After three top-3 finishes in his last four starts on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Texas’ Bronson Burgoon ranked No. 7 in the Order of Merit to earn an exemption into the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals. He then tied for sixth in the Finals, securing himself full status for the 2014 Web.com Tour.
Burgoon, 26, was the hero for Texas A&M when the Aggies won the 2009 NCAA Championship. Now, Burgoon is set to start the year this coming week at the Web.com Tour’s season opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro. Before heading down to the Country Club de Bogotá, he spoke about his experience on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the big year ahead of him.
Q. What are your thoughts heading into this first event of the Web.com Tour season in Colombia?
Burgoon: I’m looking forward to getting back down to South America. It feels like my second home now. I feel like maybe I have a little bit of advantage, knowing what to expect and I’m really excited. I feel that I ended the season off right last year and hopefully I can continue the trend and see where it goes.
Q. After making 21 starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica over the past two year going back to Latin American should feel quite familiar for you now?
Burgoon: Absolutely. When I first started on the Latin America Tour there were the nerves of going down there without knowing what to expect. The culture is completely different in each country and now it’s something that I look forward to and embrace.
Q. Going back to last year, you had a terrific season-ending stretch on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. You were one of the hottest players on Tour over the last few events. In fact, you ended the season as the player with the lowest final round scoring average at 68.33 strokes per round. How were you able to step up and play so well when it mattered the most?
Burgoon: You know it’s amazing when your back is against the wall. I really wanted to get to the Web.com Tour this year and that was my only goal. I was proud of myself for getting it done like I did, you know to be completely honest with you, I am happy to finish the year off like that… In Latin America there’s no lack of talent. You have to be playing well and fortunately I started making the putts that mattered and hitting the shots when I needed to. That was good, that was really nice.
Q. As anyone else you were exhausted after finishing the season in Argentina, but there were six more rounds left to play at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals. What was your mindset heading into that event?
Burgoon: No excuses, that’s what I kept telling myself. I was so drained because basically the four weeks before that was my Q-School. Every week was like Q-School, so my goal every week was getting a top 10, whatever I could do to get a top 10 and that was kind of my mini-goal every week. I knew that if I kept getting top 10s I would have a good chance of getting in the top 10 of the Order of Merit.
I was really mentally exhausted after Argentina, but I flew one of my very good friends out to caddie for me, Scott McVarish who was playing in Latin America as well. We kind of just made a plan not to make any excuses and just trying to keep doing what I was doing and he helped me accountable any time I started swiping and so, I was lucky to have him on my bag and it was good. It was definitely a fight, but I was glad when it was over. When that last putt went in I honestly was almost in tears, not because I was excited but because I was so exhausted.
Q. You are in great position to take advantage of your playing opportunities on the Web.com Tour. How do you like your chances?
Burgoon: I put myself in a good position coming in the top 10 at the finals, so now it’s time to take advantage of that. I feel very blessed that I was able to play last year in Latin America. Jack (Warfield, president of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica) and everyone else on the Tour staff make you feel like you are playing in a professional event and I don’t think the transition is going to be too tough at all. You know, I told everyone this Tour really prepares you for the next level. If you are good enough to make the next level it’s a great preparation tool for you and I just feel really lucky that I was able to play down there and get that experience and move on.