Notes: The life-and-death-and-life-and-death story of Jay McLuen
Jay McLuen led the Monday qualifiers for the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, which he proudly famous on Twitter by writing, ”Each time I believe it is coming to an finish I am going do one thing like shoot 66 and qualify for the PGA Tour occasion in Jackson.”
He might have been speaking about golf or life. Few gamers have been via extra within the final couple of years.
In an interview with pgatour.com, McLuen mentioned he was on the sofa along with his kids in October 2017, two days earlier than going to Q-school, when he had a coronary heart assault. His spouse known as 911 and paramedics revived him at dwelling and within the ambulance. He now has a pacemaker and has not any issues since.
Then in April, he was utilizing a brush hog to clear land at dwelling in Georgia when he ran over some barbed wire. He shut down the tractor and raised it as much as loosen the wire. As his spouse crawled beneath handy him wire cutters, the hydraulics failed and the tractor landed on them, pinning his spouse to the bottom.
”She could not breathe. I used to be awake, however I could not transfer,” he mentioned. ”I known as for my little lady to go get our neighbors. They got here and had been in a position to choose it up with their tractor and get it off of us. After I regarded over, she was purple, she wasn’t respiration. Fortunately, our neighbor is aware of CPR and he instructed me what to do.”
He mentioned she was in full cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived and had a collapsed lung.
”However she made it via all that and is again to work,” he mentioned.
So is the 40-year-old McLuen, who’s making his 13th profession begin on the PGA Tour courting to 2013. And sure, he is completely happy to be there.
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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
Will Zalatoris could have a PGA Tour card, the objective he set for himself firstly of the yr. Nonetheless to be decided is when that occurs. Equally fascinating is how.
Zalatoris had a pair of top-10 finishes to start out the Korn Ferry Tour season when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for 3 months. Due to the shortened season, the PGA Tour determined to increase the Korn Ferry season into 2021, which means nobody would get a PGA card till subsequent fall.
Zalatoris saved sharp whereas enjoying at dwelling in Texas in the course of the pandemic and has been at his finest since golf’s return. His victory in Colorado was amongst 11 consecutive finishes within the prime 20, eight of these within the prime 10. He leads the Korn Ferry with 1,876 factors. He’s a lock to get his card – subsequent yr.
Now there are different alternatives.
Zalatoris tied for sixth within the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. On a sponsor exemption final week within the Dominican Republic, he closed with a 65 to tie for eighth, which obtained him a spot this week within the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.
He has 185 FedExCup factors, leaving him 103 factors away – the equal of a two-way tie for fifth – from particular momentary membership on the PGA Tour. That might enable Zalatoris limitless sponsor exemptions.
He already has an exemption for subsequent week in Las Vegas, which might be 9 tournaments during the last 10 weeks, together with a draining week at Winged Foot.
”At this stage of the place I am at, I am unable to take every week off,” Zalatoris mentioned. ”Hopefully, we’ll carry on operating.”
If he will get it completed, Zalatoris probably can play a PGA Tour schedule subsequent yr with out being a full PGA Tour member, until he had been to win.
The benefit of being within the huge leagues is clear, and the purpose was introduced dwelling at Winged Foot. For all his success on the Korn Ferry Tour this yr, Zalatoris has earned $403,978. He made greater than that – $424,040 – for his two-way tie for sixth within the U.S. Open.
Additionally in Mississippi is Davis Riley, enjoying in his dwelling state. Riley is likely to be even nearer to PGA Tour membership than Zalatoris. He has two wins this season on the Korn Ferry Tour. And since the ”season” now covers two years, one other win provides Riley an instantaneous promotion to the PGA Tour.
Jared Wolfe, who gained the Wichita Open final week, additionally has two Korn Ferry Tour wins. He’s enjoying the Savannah Golf Championship this week. The ultimate Korn Ferry Tour occasion for 2020 is subsequent week in Orlando, Florida.
JUST CALL HIM TOM
For somebody who turned professional a month earlier than his 16th birthday, Joo-hyung Kim already is nicely traveled.
He was born in South Korea, moved to China as an toddler after which spent seven years in Australia studying to talk English. From there, Kim moved to the Philippines for six years and he fell in love with golf. When he turned professional, he moved to Thailand whereas enjoying the Asian Improvement Tour.
One different factor about Kim price noting: He goes by Tom.
”It was truly Thomas,” Kim mentioned final week within the Dominican Republic. ”I obtained it from ‘Thomas the Practice’ once I was younger. As I grew older, some folks began calling me Tom and I believed it was simply shorter and extra easy.”
Kim mentioned he had a lunchbox and toys from the film, and now even his household calls him Tom.
He is also price some consideration. Kim gained twice on the ADT at age 17, gained the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour and earlier this yr on the Korean PGA Gunsan Open captured his fourth profession victory. That moved him inside the highest 100 on the planet for the primary time, touchdown a spot within the PGA Championship at Harding Park.
In two PGA Tour begins, he tied for 67th within the Safeway Open and tied for 33rd within the Corales Puntacana Resort Membership and Championship. He’s not within the discipline on the Sanderson Farms Championship.
His long-term targets wouldn’t be described as modest.
”I actually would like to be world No. 1,” he mentioned. ”I’d clearly like to play on the PGA Tour, win all 4 majors, be within the Golf Corridor of Fame, simply these huge issues I at all times would love to attain. I’ve had that mindset ever since I began enjoying golf, so it is at all times with me.”
Anirban Lahiri didn’t make a return flight dwelling from the Dominican Republic, as an alternative reserving a seat on the PGA Tour constitution to Mississippi although he was not within the discipline. He tied for eighth to play his means into the Sanderson Farms Championship. ”That is going to be good for my confidence as a result of I backed myself to do that,” he mentioned. … Renee Powell has been chosen to be U.S. captain for the Junior Solheim Cup group subsequent yr in Ohio. … The final two runner-up finishers within the Sanderson Farms Championship went on to win for the primary time on the PGA Tour later within the season – Corey Conners in 2018 and Sungjae Im final yr.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Hudson Swafford was the seventh PGA Tour winner this yr ranked outdoors the highest 200 on the planet.
”I believe we’re too far down the street to do something drastic. It went on too lengthy and too far to convey the sport to the place it was within the mid-90s.” – Rory McIlroy on what golf ought to do about distance.
Doug Ferguson is a golf author for The Related Press.