‘Club Pro’ Michael Block (USA), who is not a tour player, created a sensation by tying for 10th place in the second round of the PGA Championship, a major tournament.
Block tied 4 birdies, 2 bogeys, and 1 double bogey for an even par 70 in the second round of the tournament held on the 20th (Korean time) at Oak Hill Country Club (par 70, 7,380 yards) in Rochester, New York, USA. hit
Block, who recorded an even par of 140 on two days, succeeded in advancing to the third round with a tie for 10th place.
He was tied for first place with a difference of 5 strokes, and stood shoulder to shoulder with world-class top rankers such as Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), Keegan Bradley (USA), and Shane Lowry (Ireland), who were tied for 10th place.
Block, 46, is the head pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California.
In the PGA Championship, 20 out of 156 players are allocated to club pros in the United States.
Block, who has participated in his 5th PGA Championship this year and his 7th appearance in a major tournament, passed the cut for the first time this time.
According to the PGA Tour Internet homepage, Block receives 125 dollars (approximately 166,000 won) for 45 minutes of private instruction at the golf course where he is the head pro.
“Probably few golf fans know my name,” Block said. “I’m a local club pro that people call ‘the best job’.”
“I rarely hit a basket of balls a week,” he said, because his job is to teach rather than hit.
On this day, on the 165-yard 14th hole (par 3), a tee shot hit with an 8-iron was wrong and flew only 58 yards. Eventually, on that hole, Block made a double bogey.메이저사이트
Club pros rarely perform well at the PGA Championship.
Jay Overton (USA) tied for 17th in 1988, the only record in the top 20 in this event in the last 35 years.
The best result since 2000 was Steve Schneiter (Canada) tied for 40th in 2005.
In this competition, Block engraved the phrase ‘Why Not’ on his ball.
Block did not hide his confidence, saying, “It could mean ‘Why can’t I win?’” and “I feel like I can hit even par every day, and after the 4th round, I think I can get pretty good results.”
Block will play against 2013 US Open champion and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose (England) in the third round. [Yonhap News = Comprehensive]