Michael Block wowed the golfing world with his off-guard performance at the PGA Championship this weekend and now the California club pro will have another chance to steal the show on the PGA Tour when he plays in the Charles Schwab Challenge beginning Thursday.
Block, 46, quickly became a fan favorite by hitting an ace in his final round while paired with Rory McIlroy and finished tied for fifteenth after posting a 1 out of 281 finish.
The score qualified him for next year’s Major at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
MICHAEL BLOCK SINKS HOLE IN ONE AS PGA DREAM CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES
«It’s unbelievable. I’m living a dream,» he said through tears after the final round in an interview with CBS Sports.
«I make sure I enjoy this moment. I’ve learned that after my 46 years of life, it’s not going to get any better than this. There’s no way. There’s no chance in hell. So I’m going to enjoy this.» «
But things have apparently improved.
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Not long after the final round, Block received the call that he had received the final waiver from the sponsor in the Charles Schwab Challenge.
«I just got a call from Colonial, and I’m in next week…which is really even more amazing right now,» Block said, via the PGA Tour website. «I’m readjusting flights to head to Dallas and Fort Worth, so I’m looking forward to that, to say the least.»
«I’ve never played a golf course before, but I think I’m going to do very well from what I know. It’s narrow, it’s fast, it’s hot. Great greens. That’s me.»
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Not long after, the RBC Canadian Open also offered Block an invite to the next month’s tournament.
Block’s finish was the best for a professional club in the PGA Championship since Lonnie Nielsen finished tied for 11th in 1986 at Inverness Club. He also won nearly $290,000 in prize money, his largest tournament payday.
Associated Press contributed to this report.