Trey Mullinax’s putt on the ultimate gap of the Barbasol Championship on Sunday gave the previous Gardendale Large College golfer his initial PGA Tour victory, but he’d rolled in a putt like that just before.
Mullinax sank the profitable stroke for Alabama at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes State Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Trey Mullinax is back again on Observe at Open Championship
Mullinax equated the two putts in the course of his put up-gain press convention at Keene Trace Golfing Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, on Sunday.
“National championship with mentor (Jay) Seawell in 2014,” Mullinax stated. “It was a memorable situation.” They were being both fantastic. This just one might get it a tiny, but I’m not positive. They are reasonably close.”
But “this one” earned Mullinax a $660,000 examine, exempt standing on the PGA Tour for the next two seasons, vaulted him from 370th to 190th in the Official Entire world Golf Position, and sent him to the 150th Open Championship on the Old Training course at St. Andrews this 7 days.
Mullinax expressed excitement about his to start with Open up Championship.
“What an amazing honor to be equipped to perform about there,” Mullinax stated. “It’s a aspiration appear correct to be able to enjoy in St. Andrews on the 150th anniversary.”
Mullinax’s 1st PGA Tour victory marked a mountain best in his job following an prolonged valley brought on by an incident in the course of the Charles Schwab Obstacle professional-am in 2019. A stray shot from a person of his beginner associates struck Mullinax in the back of the head, knocking him out.
Right after being identified with a mild concussion in the emergency place, he went on to finish 40th in the event. Mullinax, nevertheless, skipped the reduce in his subsequent 6 tournaments, and it was not until the 2019 Barbasol Championship that Mullinax determined to halt attempting to play via his dizziness and complications.
This time, the analysis was a severe concussion and convergence insufficiency, exacerbated by his frequent apply and perform through the summer months heat. Convergence insufficiency results in persons to be not able to target their eyesight on close by objects, resulting in complications and an inability to concentrate.
Mullinax, who played in 28 PGA Tour tournaments in 2016-17, 24 in 2017-18, and 25 in 2018-19, played in only two on clinical exemptions in 2019-20 after getting rid of his PGA Tour card thanks to the injuries. Mullinax went 19 months involving PGA Tour appearances prior to returning by means of the Korn Ferry Tour in the 2020-21 time.
“Obviously, that dude didn’t intend to strike me,” Mullinax described on Sunday. “It was just a freak incident.” It knocked me out for a even though. I worked incredibly tough to return. I went via a tough patch. You go from PGA Tour status to damage to not playing perfectly to nothing at all. Then COVID strike, and you have been out of luck for even for a longer period. We just invested a lot of time practising and receiving better, and we just tried using to retain going.
“As I previously stated, I was reminded of my reason this week. God has brought me below to participate in golfing, and I want to do it very well and honor him in executing so, so that was my intention this week – to live out my purpose, very good or lousy.”
Mullinax, the closing qualifier for this year’s Open Championship, will tee off at St. Andrews at 4:42 a.m. CDT Thursday (10:42 a.m. nearby time) with South African Dylan Frittelli and English Matthew Jordan.
Mullinax’s putt gave Alabama its next consecutive national title. The Crimson Tide’s championship team in 2013 also provided Justin Thomas, who is scheduled to tee off three groups forward of Mullinax on Thursday. This week, the former teammates posed for a image on St. Andrews’ iconic Swilcan Bridge.
Stewart Cink and Danny Willett are among the the other golfers who will tee off in the Open up Championship on Thursday.
Cink, an alumnus of Florence’s Bradshaw Superior Faculty, gained the 2009 Open up Championship in a playoff from Tom Watson.
Willett attended Jacksonville Condition and gained the Masters in 2016.