20 professionals punch tickets to PGA Championship

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Photo: Omar Uresti hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the Final Round of the 50th PGA Professional Championship held at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort on June 20, 2017 in Sunriver, Oregon. (Photo by Traci Edwards/PGA of America)

SUNRIVER, ORE. – Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, who won the 2017 PGA Professional Championship in a playoff on Wednesday, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A 48-year-old PGA Life Member, Uresti will be playing in his third consecutive PGA Championship after edging Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware on the second playoff hole at Crosswater Club.

Michael Boyd

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Uresti’s string of three straight PGA Championship berths is tied with Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York for the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Dobyns (2012, ’15-17) will be playing in his fourth PGA Championship this August.

McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applewood Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania will be making his third career PGA Championship appearance (2013, ’14, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.

By earning a trip to Quail Hollow, Mike Small of Champaign, Illinois punched the 10th PGA Championship ticket of his career, first since 2013.

Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas and David Muttitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico earned the final two PGA Championship exemptions available this week, as they emerged from a tense eight-player playoff.

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Michael Boyd, who runs Michael Boyd Golf at The Club at Indian Springs, dropped from a tie for 10th into a tie for 58th after finishing with rounds of 77-79. Boyd has been the Player of the Year in the PGA South Central Section the past two years.

Eight of the 20 PGA Club Professionals at Quail Hollow in August will be making their PGA Championship debuts.


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