The PGA Tour is the pinnacle for all professional golfers. Even qualifying for an event puts you among the world's elite. What's more, winning a PGA Tour tournament can change your life, with a number of avenues and doors being opened if you're able to claim a title.
For some though, just qualifying for a PGA Tour event is an achievement, with a Monday qualifier sometimes turning out to be more competitive than the actual tournament itself. Qualification attempts don't always go well, with one player shooting 135 as they tried to earn a spot at the Valero Texas Open.
🚨🚨NEW RECORD!!This guy almost pulled off the impossible 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13 straight (he’s missing just the 11). At the Valero Pre-Q. 135. ONE-HUNDERED THIRTY-FIVE. pic.twitter.com/pLGup6RtVuApril 14, 2022
In a tweet from the page 'Monday Q Info,' it was revealed that the individual, who was playing a pre-qualifier, made a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13, with just an 11 missing to complete the run. The final score, which was a 65 on the front and a 70 on the back, came to 135 and 63-over-par.
Played at the Clubs of Kingwood (Forest Course) in Texas, we are uncertain who the individual was but, what we do know, is that four-under-par was the minimum to qualify, with an eight-under-par round score topping the leaderboard.
Following the post, many took to social media to comment, with one asking: "I wanna know how he managed the two pars," whilst another stated: "The fact he went to 10th tee rather than parking lot from the 9th green... dedication? Insanity? Masochism? A bit of all 3?"
Along with the 135, there have been other instances where players have scored higher numbers than they are used to. During the 1974 Tallahassee Open, Mike Reasor made the 36-hole cut at 144. However, after the second round, Reasor went horse riding.
During the outing, the horse got spooked and ran Reasor into a tree, leaving him with a torn rib cartilage, damaged knee ligaments and a separated left shoulder. Since the rules of the Tour were different back then, Reasor needed to finish the tournament to get an exemption into the Byron Nelson Classic the following week.
Consequently, he played golf swinging just a 5-iron one-armed to get through the weekend. He shot 51-over 123 in the third round and 114 in the final round. After all of that, Reasor wasn't able to play in the Byron Nelson the next week due to the injuries he had sustained.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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