Bobby Wyatt went low yesterday with a 3-under 67 at the Greenbrier Classic.
If you didn't know, it's tough to make the PGA Tour. There are many ways to do it, many roads to take, but for former Alabama golfer Bobby Wyatt, sponsor exemptions are the key to earning his tour card.
For Alabama golfers, the road usually traveled is the Web.com tour. Like the NBA D-League and minor league baseball, the Web.com tour is one where golfers can refine their skills and show their potential in hopefully becoming professional golfers.
Justin Thomas for example -- former Alabama golfer who turned professional 2 years ago -- has had great success this year on the Web.com. With 4 top-10 finishes this season, Thomas has earned his way to number 7th in the rankings which would earn him a spot on the PGA Tour if he maintains that ranking (the top 25 on the Web.com earn their tour card each year).
But for others, like former Texas golfer and Masters contender Jordan Spieth, making the PGA Tour through sponsor exemptions is certainly possible -- and that is the road Bobby Wyatt is on.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity," Wyatt said in Hartford, Connecticut, a few weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. "It's been a dream of mine - a childhood dream of mine - to play in a PGA Tour event and play professional golf. It's really exciting to me to know it's going to come true. I've got a long road ahead of me to get where I want to be. I can't thank everyone enough for all the support that I've had over the years."
Wyatt missed the cut at the Travelers by one stroke after a bogey on the 17th hole, but he's back this week in West Virginia to play in the Greenbrier Classic on this 4th of July Weekend.
Yesterday's round 1 started with former Stanford golfer Patrick Rodgers, as he shot a 5-under 65 early in the day, but that gave Wyatt the confidence he needed and with a friendly pairing that includes another former Crimson Tide golfer in Bud Cauley, Wyatt was able to make 5 birdies on the day leading to a 3-under 67 heading into Friday.
Tune into The Golf Channel at 2:00 P.M. to see if Bobby can continue to climb the leaderboard and also look for former Tide golfers such as Michael Thompson, Jason Bohn, and Bud Cauley to see if they can reach their way into contention as well.