The 134 professional golfers in the PGA Championship field will be joined by 20 club professionals, who qualified in the PGA Professional Championship played in June. Don’t expect many of them to make the cut — only one has in the last two years — but for most it will be their only opportunity to tee it up against the big boys of the PGA Tour.
Here are the club pros to keep an eye on this week at Baltusrol.
Rich Berberian Jr. Windham Country Club, Windham, New Hampshire
The 28-year-old has very little major championship experience but turned in a winning performance at the PPC a month ago. Berberian nearly let the championship slip from his grasp with a triple bogey on the final nine, but he capped the victory with a 33-foot birdie putt to win on the final hole. Maybe those dramatics travel to New Jersey?
Matt Dobyns Fresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success, New York
This will be Dobyns’ third PGA Championship and fourth career major appearance, so he isn’t shy on experience. While he has yet to make the cut in any of the majors, he has made three cuts on Tour this year and earned $35,471 along the way.
Brian Gaffney Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, New York
Last year, Gaffney was the only club pro to make the cut, and he documented his run at Whistling Straits exclusively for GOLF.com. He’ll have an early start off the 10th tee at 7:10 Thursday morning.
Ryan Helminen Ridgeway Country Club, Neenah, Wisconsin
Helminen was the low club pro at the 2014 PGA at Valhalla in Louisville, but that came only as a silver lining to missing the cut by one. This week, he’ll be treated to two rounds with the most recent Tour winner Jhonattan Vegas and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Rob Labritz Glen Arbor Golf Club, Bedford Hills, New York
Labritz has played the PGA Championship four times, making the cut in 2010 at Whistling Straits. He holed a 35-foot birdie putt to earn his spot in the field this week and will be paired with bombers Ryan Palmer and Gary Woodland.
Joe Summerhays Eagle Lake Golf Course, Roy, Utah
Summerhays has never played in the PGA Championship, but he has plenty of PGA golf in his blood. The 42-year-old is cousins with six-year Tour vet Daniel Summerhays, who is also in the field. Joe will tee off early at Baltusrol, hitting one of the first tee shots off the 10th at 7 a.m. Thursday.
The other club pros competing at Baltusrol are: Johan Kok, Brad Lardon, Mitch Lowe, David Muttitt, Brad Ott, Rod Perry, Ben Polland, Rick Schuller, Tommy Sharp, Josh Speight, Michael Block, Mark Brown, Omar Uresti and Wyatt Worthington II.