Andre Metzger is 40 years old and has traveled the continent chasing a dream he will realize this week in Blaine. After spending years playing on the lower level tours, Metzger will finally make his first PGA Tour debut on Thursday at 2:12 p.m. on the 10th tee of the 3M Open.
After nearly giving up on his golfing dreams last year, Metzger escaped the playoffs by making a long birdie putt on the third extra hole of Monday’s qualifiers. Metzger featured in a PGA Tour video describing his put, and then later made a phone call to his wife to share the news, prominently displaying the spirit he gained from his accomplishment.
believe it, @AndreMetzgerJr,
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 19 July 2022
There’s no doubt that Metzger spent weeks at TPC Twin Cities dreaming about the possibilities this week, knowing full well what four days of magic could mean for his career. The same is true for so many people who will be participating in Round 1 on Thursday.
There is always a sense of lull among the general public prompted by the official end of golf’s major championship season. After Sunday’s scintillating finale at The Open, there is a natural struggle to grow and gain importance over the next nine months until the first tee shot of the first round of the Masters in April.
In golf, everything on the calendar is centered on those four major championships, with most other “big events” intertwined within that four-month period in which many of the game’s best players build their schedules and plan to peak. aim for.
There is so much construction and anticipation for that window that when it closes, the question arises whether the many events that played out outside that window really matter.
Don’t tell that to the hordes of competitors taking to the course this week in an effort to achieve, revive or enhance their dreams – who are among the best golfers in the world. Don’t tell that to Andre Metzger or Jeff Overton, who is playing in his first event since 2017 after a long battle with a spinal infection.
Both players have a week – this week – to take advantage of their opportunities. Most others are down to more than just a couple.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has championed “meritcracy,” the world’s top tour. You earn what you earn and you get what you deserve. If you don’t produce at high-enough levels in a given period of time, someone else waiting in the wings is eager to take your position.
That’s why this week and this tournament matter to a lot of people. It is yet another chance for the elite golfers to prove themselves and cement their place on the tour they have worked so hard to reach.
For Scott Piercy, Doc Redmayne, Harry Higgs, Grayson Sieg, Kramer Hickok, Doug Ghim, and many others, it’s a battle to finish inside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings over the next three weeks – of which they belong in the playoffs. and thus, to secure his PGA Tour status for the next season – are turning around.
They would all like to go the way of Cam Champ, who emerged from last season’s struggles to win at Blaine and, thus, secure his spot on the Tour for at least two more seasons.
For players like Ricky Fowler and Jason Day, every week is another chance to rediscover form, reclaim former glory, and get careers back on winning track.
Then there are guys like Sahit Thegala and Davis Riley, who are pretty secure in their places on the Tour, but know there could be a win down the stretch run that puts either one of them ahead of Cameron Young, who won this week. is in the race. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Each week on this tour is like an expedition in itself. The first two days mark the regular season, the third round marks the start of the playoffs, and the last nine on Sundays seem to be the Super Bowl. Because for someone out there, it is.
Every tournament means something – usually a lot – to many people.
For every elite player who’s looking for just one more trophy to collect and another massive paycheck to cash in, there are 10 pros fighting like their career is on the line—because they just might be. — and some others are trying to take advantage of what they have. Maybe their lone apple bites by turning the apple into something else.
Then many of them will hope to fly to Detroit next week to try to do the same thing again. If this week isn’t the moment for them to do it all, they hope next week is.
If they can’t do that, they won’t even have the opportunity to make a return trip to TPC Twin Cities next summer, as someone else will have earned it instead.
So there’s a sense of urgency there, week in and week out. That’s why every tournament matters. That is the beauty of all.