Fredrik Jacobson Wins Travelers Championship
By mustang6560 on 6/27/11
Fredrik Jacobson captured his first PGA Tour victory Sunday at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Jacobson edged out Ryan Moore (who could have forced a playoff with a par on the 72nd hole) and John Rollins to become the seventh Swedish-born player to win on the PGA Tour.
It took 188 tries, but the Swede finally broke through.
"It's been haunting me," Jacobson said. "I've been on the board, I've been asked so many times from the kids, 'Did you get a trophy this week daddy? Did you get a trophy this week?' Nope, no trophy. So, I'm excited about that. I'm glad I'm not breaking that promise for her."I'm happy for Jacobson, but I think his victory was overshadowed by the performance of amateur Patrick Cantlay.
Just over a week ago, the 19 year old UCLA rising sophomore was the Jack Nicklaus award recipient as the National Player of the Year and the low amateur at the U.S. Open. This week, the youngster carded a second round 60 at TPC River Highlands, which is the new course record. He is the first amateur to post a 60 on the PGA Tour.
Cantlay was even leading the tournament at one point, not bad for someone who can't even legally drink yet. The "So Cal Cool" kid swears he's going to get his degree before he turns pro, but if he keeps playing well on the PGA Tour, he might not need a degree.
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Probably a smart move to get a degree. While his pro golf career probably seems assured, there are many bumps in the road. Best to have a back-up plan in place. Who remembers Ty Tryon?
I think Ty Tryon is still probably doing pretty well. If he was smart with his money he got from sponsors, he will probably never have to work a real job again. Plus I think he is still on the nationwide tour or something.
Tryon has conditional status on Nationwide, whose reords show he won less than $4K in 2011, $3K in 2008, and $10K in 2004. According to this, he made $2MM in endorsements from Calaway and Target, which after taxes is a little over $1MM, which is not enough to never have to work again. www.pgatour.com/2009/qschool/11/03/dolch.column/
Maybe he's got money from his family, but he hasn't made it from golf.
Cantlay has finished back to back top 25s on the PGA tour, one of them in a major, and another in a relatively tough field. Very impressive stuff. He would have pocketed nearly $150K if he was pro staus for those events.
I saw Ty Tryon, wasn't he last in the US Open? I thought I saw him, at the bottom. Maybe it was another tournament.
jrbizzle: the field at the Travellers was pretty weak. Although it doesn't take away from what the kids did, very impressive and why not do the college route. As long as he isnt hurting for cash. Why pass up the whole college experience and get your degree just in case.
Tyron finished 80th in the 2010 US open making a cool $12,293. He was cut in this years open.
Torleif Sorenson says:
So evidently, the regulars on the PGA Tour were accurate when they nicknamed him "Keep On Tryon." Ouch.
It wasn't the best field in the world, but half of the top 50 in FexEx cup rankings were there. Quite a nice finish for a young amateur.
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