Monday qualifying Blake McShea finds success in PGA Tour breakthrough at Wyndham Championship


GREENSBORO, NC — From progressing through make-or-break qualifier to capture the Wyndham Championship field to reaching the weekend, Blake McShea has made his first PGA Tour event a rewarding, if not unexpected, ride.

The former UNCW luminary delivered a 5-under 65 in Friday’s second round at Sedgefield Country Club, moving to 6-under for the tournament, within three shots from leaders Joohyung Kim, Ryan Moore and Brandon Wu.

Not only does McShea have an edge over notable victims such as Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Harold Varner III, Kevin Kisner and Davis Love III – who were below the line when play was interrupted at 5:36 p.m. due to storms – he is in position to for the Sam Snead Cup, the trophy given to the Wyndham winner.

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“Pretty excited, pretty pumped up,” McShea said. “(Thursday) at the tee off I was a bit nervous, but after the first tee ball it’s just like any other competition. You play well, you’re going to do well and if you don’t, then you don’t.”

McShea, 24, carded a clean second round on Friday with five birdies and no bogeys, after enduring two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole to shoot 1-under 69 during the first round.

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He said he’s trying to “keep it light, have some fun out there,” while a number of relatives and friends are rooting for him among Sedgefield’s onlookers, including his kindergarten teacher.

“There are so many people here, I haven’t even seen all the (familiar) faces,” he said, “but I couldn’t be more grateful for it.”

McShea claimed the 2021 CAA Player of the Year award as a fifth-year student at UNCW, where he has the second-lowest career average (72.32 strokes) in the history of the men’s golf program.

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He earned a spot in Monday’s qualifier by shooting 2-under 69 at Bermuda Run Country Club in Clemmons. Then, as one of 23 players competing for four available spots at the Wyndham, he finished an eagle birdie on the last two holes to produce a 6-under 65, good enough to secure the qualifying breakthrough.

Three days later, McShea played it here as a first PGA Tour participant.

“Sometimes you get breaks, sometimes you don’t,” he said. “I just try to do it once at a time, don’t get ahead of myself.”

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek


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