Danny Walker is an upstart whose nondescript newbie profession contributed to a dearth of consideration prematurely of the Net.com Tour Qualifying Match. But with a torrid end he chased down two of probably the most heralded gamers within the subject to win by one.
A former College of Virginia participant who was by no means larger than 142nd within the World Beginner Golf Rating, Walker birdied his final three holes on a again 9 of 30 on the Cattail course at Whirlwind Golf Membership in Chandler, Ariz.
Walker closed with a nine-under par 63 and a two-shot lead that was decreased to 1 when Norman Xiong birdied the 17th. Xiong, nevertheless, parred the 18th gap giving Walker the victory. He accomplished 72 holes in 27-under par 261.
He trailed Xiong and Doug Ghim, former newbie stars and 2017 Walker Cup teammates, and Xinjun Zhang by one when he started his three-hole closing blitz. The victory provides him full standing on the Net.com Tour in 2019.
Walker, 23, in impact has gained two straight tournaments. He performed in all 12 Mackenzie Tour occasions and gained the final of them, the Freedom 55 Monetary Championship in London, Ontario, Canada. It moved him to seventh on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Benefit, exempting him into the ultimate of Net.com Tour qualifying.
But it was an upset of the very best order; he was by no means larger than 142nd within the newbie rating.
Those that completed second by means of 10th and ties are assured 12 Net.com Tour begins in 2019, whereas these ending 11th by means of 40th and ties are assured eight begins.
Xiong and Ghim completed second and tied for third, respectively, to earn not less than the 12 begins.
Within the 2017-’18 season, Xiong was school golf’s finest participant, the winner of each the Jack Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award in his first and solely full season at Oregon. He was No. three within the World Rating.
Ghim, in the meantime, was the runner-up within the U.S. Beginner in 2017, the low newbie within the 2018 Masters, and No. 1 within the World Beginner Golf Rating when he turned professional in June. In 5 PGA Tour occasions as an expert, he completed within the high 25 in two of them.
Amongst others to earn not less than eight begins was Scottie Scheffler, who additionally was a part of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup staff in 2017. Scheffler tied for 34th.
In the meantime, Braden Thornberry, fourth within the World Beginner Golf Rating, performed as an newbie, tied for 74th and sure will stay an newbie by means of June, 2019. He beforehand had stated that he would flip skilled instantly solely had he earned standing on the Net.com Tour. Now it’s doubtless he’ll return to the College of Mississippi and full his senior 12 months. He was the NCAA particular person champion in 2017.
Others who failed to complete within the high 40 (and ties) embrace former PGA Tour gamers Zac Blair (T50), Luke Guthrie (T64) and Spencer Levin (T92). Olin Browne Jr., son of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions participant Olin Browne, additionally completed T92.