It took eight extra holes Sunday to decide the winner of the Travelers Championship. A day later, an eight-hole playoff was necessary to determine the final players in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. A 9-for-3 playoff took place at The Oakland University Golf and Learning Center – Katke Course. Connor Arendell was medalist and the only qualifier able to avoid the playoff shooting 65 (-6). It was a loaded field with a high-powered mix of PGA TOUR veterans like Ben Martin and Robert Garrigus and young guns like Justin Suh and John Augenstein attempting to gain status in the last stretch of the TOUR season. The qualifiers ended up being a combination of both.
Justin Suh, statements
“I was in a similar playoff in a Korn Ferry Monday qualifier right after the pandemic layoff in Utah. It almost ended the same way as this one. We started with eight guys for a few spots. I remember we played into the late hours of the day, and we couldn’t even see the green. I ended up losing that one to the last guy, and I remember that feeling of how upset we were. Just the feeling of going eight holes in a playoff and then losing is not fun. I definitely had that in mind during this one. I went back to Vegas and practiced for a couple of days. I was trying to find something that felt good. I was practicing on the range and course a long time. By the third day of practice, I had just exhausted myself. On the fourth day, I went to the course and went back to understanding where the club face is. It clicked right there, and that is kind of how I play golf. Having that face awareness has freed me up. I was able to focus more on the target. Today, it felt great. I hit some really good iron shots and drives.”
Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday.
“The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green. I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live. I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting.”