Humble western Sydney golfer Grant Booth is preparing to make his PGA Tour debut at the Nevada course where he used to caddie for pocket money.
The Blacktown youngster-turned US college star has a remarkable story.
The 22-year-old spent the past four years caddying for $US200 a loop at Montreux Golf Club in Reno to fund his record-breaking college career at the University of Nevada.
But he will now play for a $US3.3 million purse having received a sponsor's exemption to the US Tour's Barracuda Championship next week – the first given to a University of Nevada player.
Booth believes the biggest advantage of caddying at Montreux is knowing the course, which is perched 5,500 feet above sea level, like the back of his hand.
"It's really the perfect venue for me to debut on the PGA Tour," he told AAP.
"I've certainly seen every inch of the course and that should help settle the nerves."
Since leaving Australia after high school, Booth has become a hometown hero in Reno.
Statistically, he is the best golfer to come through the university, despite the fact former US Tour players Kirk Triplett, Michael Allen and Charlie Wi are alumni.
Booth set Nevada's single-season scoring record (71.64) last year before smashing it by a stroke in his final season this year.
"I've certainly seen every inch of the course and that should help settle the nerves." – Grant Booth
Before graduating in May, Booth earned Nevada's career scoring record (71.86) and guided the Wolfpack team to its first NCAA Regional championship appearance in 11 years.
Booth said he couldn't have asked for a better pathway to the paid ranks.
"Coming to America at a young age makes you grow up quickly," Booth said.
"You toughen up or you don't make it; you're an 18-year-old freshman playing against 22-year-old seniors who are in the top 20 college golfers in America."
Booth is managed by former NRL star Braith Anasta, who was impressed by his "courage to move overseas and back himself at the collegiate level."
"Grant comes from a very humble upbringing in Blacktown; he has had to fight for every inch," Anasta said.
"He is the quintessential Australian athlete who has had to sacrifice a lot and travel overseas to learn from the best."
Booth also paid tribute his mentor, US Tour winner Matt Jones, with who he shares a swing coach in acclaimed Sydney-based teacher Gary Barter.
"Matt is a fantastic guy who has really taken me under his wing over here," Booth said.
"He has brought me out to a few of his PGA Tour events to see how the professionals do it."
Booth caddied for Jones at last year's Barracuda Championship – a modified stableford scoring event which Australians Greg Chalmers (2016) and Geoff Ogilvy (2014) have won.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press