Q&A with Bronson Burgoon
An avid fisherman and dog lover, he's 15th on the money list prior to the Regular Season finale.
August 25, 2015
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- Bronson Burgoon is 15th on the Web.com Tour money list entering the Regular Season finale. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Former Texas A&M player Bronson Burgoon is perhaps best known for helping lead the Aggies to the 2009 national title – hitting a memorable approach shot to tap-in range on the 18th hole of the deciding match in the process – but next season, he’ll have a golden opportunity to expand on that reputation.
Burgoon finished T9 at last week’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot, moving to No. 15 on the money list and all but securing his PGA TOUR card for 2015-16. The 28-year-old has only played two events on TOUR, none since 2009, and that will most likely change next season.
Burgoon spent a few minutes with PGATOUR.COM to discuss his rivalry with his brother growing up, his recent fascination with James Brown, and more.
When was the first time you picked up a golf club?
Oh gosh, I was probably 2 or 3 years old, early enough where I don’t remember.
My dad got me into the game. I played a lot of baseball growing up, my brother and I both. I’ve got an older brother who played golf at Texas A&M too, Brandon, we played golf … I played a little more than he did, but we both played a lot of baseball, and we hit a certain age and just quit baseball and started focusing on golf, so it was fun.
You guys had a lot of good battles?
Oh, yeah. I think that’s what made me love the game so much, is that I could play against him every day, and there was no one I would rather beat than my brother, and vice versa.
Winning nine holes on Wednesday afternoon was more special than winning my tournament for my age group. I just loved having the bragging rights at the house for the night. So yeah, it was perfect. That’s how I got into the game. He is two years older. Twenty-six months.
What is your favorite golf course you have ever played?
I would probably say Merion. Played the U.S. Amateur there. It was pretty awesome. Just the whole layout is just phenomenal. There is literally nothing wrong with that golf course.
From the first tee shot, right up against the patio there … the first tee is literally connected to the patio. It’s just really a special place, I felt like. It was awesome.
Any pro golfer that you tried to emulate growing up?
Ahh, the typical answer would be Tiger, right? So like every other person my age, I grew up idolizing that guy, because he was the man. So I would say, growing up, yeah, it had to be Tiger. I don’t see how you could say anyone else but Tiger.
What is the most memorable golf shot you have ever hit?
Yeah, obviously, hitting the shot to win the national championship is by far and away the most special shot I’ll ever hit in my life, probably. And the only reason why is because our team was so close and such a good group of guys, so to win it with them … it wasn’t about me at all. It was about the team, and that was the coolest part. I just happened to make the final swing. It was a year long of work, with the entire team, and to end it like that was pretty cool.
What is your biggest goal or aspiration in golf?
I would like to obviously win a major. I think that is basically it, right? You do that, you’ve … when you’re growing up and you’re putting on the greens, it’s always, ‘Oh, last hole, 72nd hole to win the Masters or the British Open. Whatever major is playing that week, that’s what you’re trying to make the putt for.
Just to win a major, that’s it. I mean, I think that would be the coolest thing in the world.
Biggest influence on your game?
My brother. No question. He still is. I talk to him all the time; I love getting out, he still is a good golfer, doesn’t play much anymore, but I just love getting out and playing with him still. It’s a lot of fun.
If you weren’t a golfer, what do you think you would be doing?
I would like to say baseball. I was better at baseball than I was at golf growing up. Yeah, everyone thought I was a little crazy quitting baseball. Pitcher and shortstop. I loved; I still do love baseball. I thought about trying out in college, just trying to walk on. I love it. I miss it so much. That’s what I would like to say, but I don’t know, this is where God has me now, so I’m just rolling with it.
Stopped playing baseball just before high school started. Our school didn’t have baseball. Just played select. I loved it. Some of the guys I grew up playing with are now in the major leagues. It’s pretty cool.
Favorite thing to do to get away from golf?
Fish. I love fishing. You give me a boat, a tank of gas and a lot of bait, and a cooler full of drinks, I am as happy as I will ever be. I would rather fish than do anything else. I love it. I love it. I love bass fishing and stuff like that, but I like bay fishing, and obviously deep-sea fishing. It’s incredible, but you’ve got to have the right boat for that.
Bay fishing, you can take just about anything out there … kayak, or anything, so that’s cool. That is my favorite thing to do to get away.
I like going down to the Bay of Galveston, they got great fishing and it’s beautiful and I love it. It’s an hour and a half from where I live, and it’s a nice little break from reality. So I loooove that. I love THAT.
And I’ve got two dogs at home that I like going out and throwing the Frisbee with too. That’s like a little bit easier break; five minutes of my time, I can just go out and throw a Frisbee with them -- and they’re really great at catching a Frisbee, so I enjoy that. That is fun for me as well.
If you could be any superhero, who would it be?
Batman. He’s got it all. There is nothing better than Batman, right? He’s got the money, he’s got the cool cars; he is just the man. He has got it all.
Any go-to songs that put you in a good mood?
I am a big fan of James Brown, all of a sudden. Any of his stuff … I just like that soul music, it’s good, coming from the whitest guy on Tour. I love it. I can’t get enough of it. I don’t discriminate against any type of music; I love it all.
I just throw James Brown on my Pandora station and just jam out. It’s awesome. Just see what comes up. That’s what I’ve been listening to when I’ve been warming up.
Best memory outside of golf?
Wow. I’ve got a lot of things. I just got engaged. That was very special. And, gosh, I mean, I could write down a list of things. I just like spending time with my friends and family more than anything. I don’t care where we’re at or what we’re doing … as long as we’re together and everyone is happy, I’m happy. Those, to me, are the special moments. Anytime all my loved people get around each other, I’m happy.
My fiancée Katie, she ran track and field at Texas A&M … she was a sprinter. She’s faster than me. And probably more athletic. So that’s a good thing, though.
I was just out of school when we started talking, and hit it off … and years later, we’re still going strong and engaged to be married, so yeah. It has been a wild ride.