Meet the 20 club pros who grabbed a spot in this week’s PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is an iconic — and potentially career-altering — event. A victory means an automatic entry into the Masters, U.S Open and Open Championship for the next five years (and the PGA Championship for life).
It’s also unique — since it’s run by the PGA of America, club pros can earn a spot in the field to tee it up alongside Tiger Woods and others. Every year, PGA pros at golf clubs around the country participate in the PGA Professional Championship in an attempt to gain entry to the PGA Championship. However, due to the continued impact of Covid-19, the tournament was canceled this year. Instead, the top 20 professionals — dubbed the ‘Team of 20’ — on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list got spots to compete at TPC Harding.
Here are the 20 players who will try to achieve the spectacular this week:
Jason Caron – Mill River Club, Inc., Oyster Bay, New York
Benny Cook – Yankee Springs Golf Course, Caledonia, Michigan
Judd Gibb – Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Jeff Hart– PGA of America Life Member, Solana Beach, California
Marty Jertson – Ping Golf, Inc.
Mike Auterson – Hickory Woods Golf Course, Loveland, Ohio
Danny Balin – Fresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success, New York
Alex Beach – Westchester Country Club, Rye, New York
Rich Berberian Jr. – Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Justin Bersch – Club Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida
Zach J. Johnson – Davis Park Golf Course, Farmington, Utah
Alex Knoll – Glen Brook Golf Club, Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Rob Labritz – GlenArbor Golf Club, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
David Muttitt – Los Altos Golf Course, Albuquerque, N.M.
John O’Leary – Trump National Golf Club Washington, Sterling, Va.
Rod Perry – Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, Port Orange, Fla.
J.R Roth – BOYNE Golf Academy, Farmington, N.M.
Bob Sowards – Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club, Dublin, Ohio
Ryan Vermeer – Happy Hollow Club, Omaha, Neb.
Shawn Warren – Falmouth Country Club – ME, Portland, Maine