Zach Johnson Foundation Classic facilities rising PGA stars

J.R. Ogden

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Unless you’re an wild PGA Tour follower, Trey Mullinax expected isn’t a domicile name.

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That’s zero opposite Mullinax, who will play in a eighth annual Zach Johnson Foundation Classic on Monday during Elmcrest Country Club.

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He’s a illusory golfer who ranks No. 1 on a PGA Tour in pushing stretch (318 yards).

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But he also ranks 171st in a Official World Golf Rankings. He’s still looking for his initial PGA Tour win, nonetheless he did constraint a 2016 Rex Hospital Open on a Web.com Tour.

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Mullinax represents a PGA Tour “masses,” a guys who play week in and week out, acid for that initial Tour feat or, if they are unequivocally lucky, that initial major.

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Zach Johnson — and only about each golfer on a PGA Tour not named Tiger Woods — was like that once. They work on their qualification each day, tweaking a diversion only a bit to make that jump. They play in informal events to acquire a few bucks, tournaments like a Waterloo Open (July 19-22) or a Greater Cedar Rapids Open (July 24-28), that is profitable $30,000 to a leader this summer.

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If they locate a break, they play on a Web.com Tour.

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Mullinax won’t get as most courtesy Monday as Johnson or John Daly. Others in a domain — like Bill Haas, Kyle Stanley and Jason Dufner — are tangible names for those who compensate courtesy to top-level pro golf.

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But for each Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth — ranked initial and sixth in a world, respectively — there are 10 Trey Mullinaxes. Others in Monday’s domain — and not enclosed in a “players to watch” underline — are Wesley Bryan, Jonathan Byrd, Chesson Hadley, Matt Jones, Keith Mitchell, Ryan Moore, Michael Kim and Patrick Rodgers.

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Hadley ranks 59th in a world, Jones 288th. Hadley, who incited pro in 2010 and assimilated a PGA Tour in 2014, has one Tour feat and averages 69.986 strokes per round. Jones incited pro in 2001, assimilated a Tour in 2008, has one career feat and averages 71.204 strokes per round.

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A slim domain for such a large gap.

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But that’s a universe of veteran golf.

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Moore was 4 shots out of a lead streamer into a final turn of a Military Tribute during The Greenbier eventuality on Sunday. He finished in a tie for 13th. Bryan finished in a tie for 26th, Mullinax a tie for 56th.

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Mullinax, 26, incited pro in 2014 and assimilated a Tour final year. He’s an engaging fella, though not distinct many other stars-in-waiting. He was on a 2013 and ’14 NCAA Championship golf teams during a University of Alabama. He’s from Birmingham.

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In his PGA Tour bio, it records his favorite golf memory is “having to strike 3 tee shots on a initial hole of a NCAA Championship his beginner year.”

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He outlines his round with a quarter.

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Moore, 35, has 5 PGA victories, including a 2016 John Deere Classic, and schooled a diversion of golf “as shortly as we could walk.” He and some friends and family shaped a golf government “club” that owns and operates 3 golf courses in Puget Sound, Wash.

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Bryan, 28, is “obsessed with Justin Bieber and frequently listens to his song when warming up.”

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If Mullinax wasn’t personification golf, he’d be “turning wrenches during my dad’s shop.”

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But he’s golfing and creation a good living. He’d warranted $1,119,675 before a end of Sunday’s event. He finished tied for ninth during final year’s U.S. Open and was second this year during a Valero Texas Open.

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The man can play golf, only like Moore, only like Bryan, only like Hadley, Jones, Mitchell, Kim and many, many more.

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There’s a excellent line between good and good on a PGA Tour. On Monday, maybe we can locate a rising star.

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