Meet the 20 club pros who grabbed a spot in this week’s PGA Championship

Marty Jertson

Marty Jertson is one of the 20 PGA club pros who will try to achieve the impossible at TPC Harding Park.


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 CookYankee Springs Golf Course, Caledonia, Michigan

Judd GibbLakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Jeff HartPGA of America Life Member, Solana Beach, California

Marty Jertson –  Ping Golf, Inc.

Mike AutersonHickory Woods Golf Course, Loveland, Ohio

Danny BalinFresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success, New York

Danny Balin is one of the most accomplished PGA club pros, playing in his seventh PGA Championship since 2010. Getty Images

Alex Beach –  Westchester Country Club, Rye, New York

Rich Berberian Jr. Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Justin BerschClub Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida

Zach J. Johnson –  Davis Park Golf Course, Farmington, Utah

Alex KnollGlen Brook Golf Club, Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Rob LabritzGlenArbor Golf Club, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

David MuttittLos Altos Golf Course, Albuquerque, N.M.

John O’LearyTrump National Golf Club Washington, Sterling, Va.

Rod Perry –  Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, Port Orange, Fla.

J.R RothBOYNE Golf Academy, Farmington, N.M.

Bob SowardsKinsale Golf and Fitness Club, Dublin, Ohio

Ryan Vermeer –  Happy Hollow Club, Omaha, Neb.

Shawn WarrenFalmouth Country Club – ME, Portland, Maine

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