Oklahomans look to rebound at PGA Professional Championship

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The first round of the 2023 PGA Professional Championship at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana golf clubs near Albuquerque was a struggle for the four Oklahomans in the field.

Austin Peters, director of golf at The Territory near Duncan, shot 3-over 75 and was tied for 138th. Tracy Phillips of Tulsa shot 77 and was tied for 210th. Shannon Friday of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club managed an 80 and was tied for 281st, while Tucker Roderick of The Golf Club of Oklahoma shot 81 and is tied for 286th.

The players will have a round today to improve their standings. The Championship, which offers a $715,000 purse, will have a 36-hole cut after Monday’s round to the low 90 scorers and ties, and a 54-hole cut Tuesday to the low 70 scorers and ties. The third and final rounds will be contested exclusively at Twin Warriors.

The second round of the 2023 PGA Professional Championship will be broadcast live on Golf Channel on Monday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. CDT.

Wyatt Worthington II, a PGA Teaching Professional at the Golf Depot in Reynoldsburg, Ohio—came out of the blocks quickly, carding a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to take a one-shot lead in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship and top a packed leaderboard following the opening round at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Clubs in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Eight players are one shot back at T-2 (3-under-par 69) including Garret Howell (Santa Fe, N.M.), Daniel Rodgers (Murrysville, Pa.), Tommy Sharp (Salt Lake City, Utah), Brad Marek (Berkeley, Calif.), Vinnie Poncino (San Clemente, Calif.), Casey Pyne (Greenwich, Conn.), Chris Sanger (Red Hook, N.Y.) and Greg Koch (Orlando, Fla.). Eleven more players are two shots back at 2-under-par 70.

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