MATT Southgate feels he is heading to the US Open in the best form of his life.

Southgate made it to America after finishing nine under part in the sectional qualifying at Walton Heath.

And the fine display continued Southgate’s fine start to the season.

“I think this has been the best start to a season I’ve ever had,” said Southgate.

“The results might not back that up by my scores probably do and I’m really pleased with the way I’m hitting the ball.

“I think getting injured probably proved to be a blessing in disguise in a way because I spent more time in the gym, getting fitter and stronger.

“That means I’m hitting the ball further and has ended up helping me.”

Southgate’s strength helped him to secure a place in the US Open where he will again be bidding to shine.

The 29-year-old finished 12th in the 2016 Open Championship and sixth at Royal Birkdale the following year.

And he was always confident of earning himself a crack at the American equivalent.

“The one day qualifying format seems to suit me so I fancied my chances,” said Southgate.

“I thought eight under would secure a play-off at least and when I got to nine under I just played it safe and made sure I stayed there.

“I kept it neat and tidy and now I can’t wait to get out there.

“I play golf because I enjoy playing golf and if you can’t enjoy getting on a plane and going out to play the US Open then you might as well quit.

“But I will judge myself against the course and nobody else and see where takes me.”

Southgate will head out to America on Sunday and will be joined by his caddie, manager and father Ian.