“This is golf. I wanted to play like the third or fourth round of the PGA Championship, but it didn’t happen. I’m not disappointed. I’m going home to my wife and two sons tomorrow.”
Lesson pro Michael Block (47-USA), a breakout star after a hole-in-one at last week’s PGA Championship to finish tied for 15th, shot an 11-over-par 81 in the first round of the invitational Charles Schwab Challenge to slip to 120th place in the field of 120.
Block carded two birdies, seven bogeys and three double-bogeys for an 11-over-par 81 in the first round of the U.S. Professional Golf (PGA) Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge ($8.7 million purse) on Saturday at Colonial Country Club (par 70-7,209 yards) in Fort Worth, Texas.메이저놀이터
He is four strokes off the pace of No. 119 Rory Sabatini (Slovakia) at 7-over par and will likely miss the cut.
Block is the head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, where he teaches members for $150 per hour. The PGA Championship is open to 20 of the 29,000 golf club professionals in the U.S., and Block seized the opportunity to make a big splash. Instead of heading home, the hype from the PGA Championship put him in the spotlight again in Fort Worth, Texas, where the PGA Tour’s next event, the Charles Schwab Challenge, is taking place. Even though he didn’t qualify, sponsors flew him to the event, and he was invited to play in Canada next month. There’s been talk of multiple sponsorship deals.
Perhaps it was the intensity of the spotlight and the high expectations, but suddenly Block’s shots, which just a few days earlier had been hitting with such incredible accuracy that even the best players in the game had fallen silent. From tee shots to irons, wedges to putts, nothing was going right. “To be honest, I thought this could happen,” said Block, who was reminded of the high barriers of the PGA Tour, “I’m not surprised. I’m not disappointed and I’m going home.” He had made just five cuts in 26 starts on the PGA Tour, including the PGA Championship.
Harry Hall (England) carded eight birdies to lead the field at 8-under 62. Kim Si-woo and Byung-hoon Ahn are tied for seventh at 3-under 67.
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