Micheluzzi pumped for PGA Tour and major debut

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Rising Australian golf star David Micheluzzi has no plans to simply make up the numbers when he makes his surprise PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

Micheluzzi is pinching himself after not only receiving a sponsor's invite for the $US9.5 million ($A14.1m) event but also a spot in next week's US PGA Championship at New York's Oak Hill Country Club.

The 26-year-old had been pumped enough to be making his major championship debut at the British Open in July but suddenly now he could end up playing in the last three majors of the year.

The PGA Tour of Australasia's Order of Merit winner is also contesting pre-qualifying for next month's US Open at the Los Angeles Country Club.

"First PGA Tour event, first major in consecutive weeks so there's a lot going on. I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks," Micheluzzi said on Wednesday.

A former amateur star and junior sensation, Micheluzzi was unlucky to turn professional at the start of COVID-19.

The pandemic effectively set his career back two years but he's fast making up for lost time.

He dominated the Australasian summer with three tournament wins to earn his DP World Tour card and is excited to be stepping up another level in the US.

"My game is feeling great. It's felt pretty much very similar to how I was playing in Australia a few months back," Micheluzzi said.

"(The American) courses are very different to back home. It's all carry and softer greens and all that kind of stuff, but I'm just looking forward to competing with these guys and seeing how I go, really."

He feels he belongs, especially after playing a practice round with long-time friend and now-top-50 star Min Woo Lee on Tuesday.

"We played amateur golf together, we played Interstate Series together, we played Eisenhowers together. Now we're playing on the same event on the PGA Tour and next week playing the same event in a PGA Championship," he said.

"I'm going to try and embrace as much as possible but also once it comes game day, it's full steam ahead."

Somewhat of a birdie machine, Micheluzzi has a simple game plan for the US and is confident of succeeding against the world's premier players.

"Hopefully we can just keep the same like mindset going in, try and just shoot four, five under every day, not do anything stupid around the course. Just play solid golf," he said.

"I don't think I need to shoot nine, 10 under every day, which it feels like every time you watch PGA Tour events, everyone is going low at some point.

"But every day if you can just plot along and shoot four, five, six under, at the end of the week it's 16, 20, 24 under.

"That's the big key, just staying very patient."

Micheluzzi is among nine Australians in this week's field, joining Lee, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Percy, Harrison Endycott and veterans Geoff Ogilvy and Greg Chalmers.