One of the most difficult things in sports is to earn a PGA Tour card. Hundreds of highly skilled Korn Ferry Tour competitors never make it to the Big Show. When you have a rare opportunity to play a PGA Tour event without having Tour status, you must take advantage of it. Enter Turk Pettit.
Pettit is a 23-year-old Korn Ferry pro who got his Korn Ferry Tour card by finishing in the top 5 of the Forme Tour last year, courtesy of a win in the Birck Boilermaker Classic in July, after a stellar career at Clemson where he won the 2021 NCAA D1 Individual Championship.
Pettit isn’t on the PGA Tour this season, but he obtained a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the Wells Fargo Championship this week. If you get into a Tour field without status, as Pettit did this week, you have a chance to join the PGA Tour on the fast track. You get a two-year PGA Tour exemption if you win. A strong finish can net you FedEx points and future sponsor exemptions.
Knowing this, Pettit is working hard at TPC Potomac to make something happen. And he did just that on Friday, putting together one of the most clutch performances you’ll ever witness in order to make it through the weekend.
Pettit got off to a strong start on Thursday, shooting a three-under 67 to put himself in a good position to make the cut and possibly contend for the title. Halfway through round 2, everything was still going nicely. He shot a 34 on the front nine to turn in at four under for the tournament, putting him in contention.
At 11, though, tragedy struck when Pettit made a double-bogey six after a poor drive and a three-putt. That reduced him to two under, one under the cut line.
When he was 13, his drive collided with a native area, prompting him to take a penalty drop. After a double bogey, he was at even par and out of contention for a weekend tee time.
Pettit beared down and completed his clutch finish at that moment.
Pettit took a hazardous line on the par-4 14th and nearly drove the green, resulting in an up-and-down for birdie and a return to the cut line.
But things got dangerous again at the par-3 17th. He misjudged his tee shot to the right, leaving a terribly difficult chip from above the hole with no green to work with and a high risk of a disastrous bogey or worse, which would almost certainly result in a missed cut.
Pettit miraculously holed the difficult chip on the fly for an unthinkable birdie to get to two under par.
Check out the incredible shot down below.
Sadly for Pettit, the drama was not yet over. At the final hole, his approach shot found a fairway bunker short of the green. Worse, he failed to reach the putting surface by leaving his bunker short.
Pettit was again in a do-or-die situation to make the cut and keep his dreams alive, and he pulled it off once more. Pettit’s fourth shot found the green and left him with a 9-footer for bogey, which he drained to finish his 72 and make the cut right on the number.
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