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Meet the PGA Professionals playing at the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship offers the chance for PGA professionals to qualify for a major championship, so which ones won the golden ticket in 2024?

 

One of the many beauties of the PGA Championship is the participation opportunities afforded to the PGA professionals of America.

From coaches to administrators and business leaders, over a hundred players teed it up in the 2024 PGA Professional Championship at Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco from April 29 to May 1 to qualify for the second major of the year.

Every player finishing in the top 20 made it to Valhalla. Some new faces and some old will play in Louisville, Kentucky this week including Michael Block who played in last year’s PGA Professional Championship before finishing tied for 15th at Oak Hill.

Block is an example of what is possible once you earn your way into the field. The American was drawn to hit the first tee shot in this year’s first round.

Below is the complete list of players who qualified with some details about each:

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PGA Professionals at PGA Championship

Josh Bevell: From Nashville, Tennessee, making his debut at the event having turned professional in 2010

Michael Block: Played in seven previous major championships, came tied for 15th at the 2023 PGA Championship, made a hole-in-one in the final round

Evan Bowser: From Naples, Florida, making his debut at the event having turned professional in 2017

Preston Cole: From Charlotte, North Carolina, making his debut at the event having turned professional in 2016

Tyler Collet: Played in two previous PGA’s, missed then cut in both, lowest round at the event was 71 in 2022 at Southern Hills

Matt Dobyns: Played in six majors and five PGA’s, never made a major cut, lowest round at the PGA Championship was 71 in 2018 at Bellerive.

Larkin Gross: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2021 at Kiawah Island, turned professional in 2020

Jared Jones: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2022 at Southern Hills, turned professional in 2010

Jeff Kellen: From Glenview, Illinois, making his debut at the event having turned professional in 2011

Brad Marek: Played in one previous PGA, made the cut and finished 78th in 2021 at Kiawah Island, turned professional in 2008

Kyle Mendoza: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2022 at Southern Hills, turned professional in 2008

Jesse Mueller: Played in three majors and one PGA, came 51st at the 2012 US Open, from Phoenix, Arizona

Zac Oakley: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2022 at Southern Hills, turned professional in 2006

Ben Polland: Played in three previous PGA’s, 33-year-old who won the 2024 PGA Professional Championship

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Tracey Phillips: From Tulsa, Oklahoma, making his debut at the event at the age of 61 and will play the Senior PGA Championship in 2024.

Braden Shattuck: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2023 at Oak Hill, has played in three PGA Tour events so far in 2024

John Somers: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2023 at Oak Hill, from Trinity, Florida

Josh Speight: Played in two previous PGA’s, missed the cut on both occasions, from Locust Hill, Virginia

Andy Svoboda: Played in five previous major championships all of which were US Opens, made the cut in one of them, played 80 PGA Tour events and came second at the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Jeremy Wells: Played in one previous PGA, missed the cut in 2023 at Oak Hill, turned professional in 2013

Wyatt Worthington II: Played in three previous PGA’s, missed the cut on all three occasions, played in four previous PGA Tour events

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