ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA director of golf Stuart Deane is set to compete against the world's greatest golfers this week at the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Deane, a native of Brisbane, Australia, qualified for the prestigious championship by finishing among the low 20 scorers at the PGA Professional Championship last month in Oregon. The event will mark his second appearance at the PGA Championships and his 12th PGA event overall. Deane played in the 2014 event at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
He is scheduled to arrive in Charlotte today and play practice rounds at Quail Hollow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Deane is scheduled to open the tournament Thursday morning at 6:25 a.m. (CDT) off the 10th tee in a group that includes 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Shane Lowry from Ireland and Pablo Larrazabal from Spain.
The group will go off the first tee to begin Friday's second round at 11:35 a.m. The low 70 scores and ties will advance to the weekend's final two rounds.
The first two rounds will be televised live on TNT from 12 Noon - 6 p.m. TNT will also provide coverage of the weekend's rounds from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., while CBS will televise live coverage from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
"A great goal would be to finish among the top 30 or 40 and making the cut at the PGA," said Deane. "The intent is not to just show up, but to actually go there to compete.
"This will be a great experience for me and it is great for the program. There will be three college coaches playing in the PGA Championship and it is great for each of our programs. Anytime you can have a program's coach playing in events like the PGA Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson, it has a tremendous effect. There is a certain credibility that comes with performing in such prestigious events and it rubs off on the team."
One UTA golfer who will undoubtedly receive benefit from Deane at the PGA Championship is redshirt freshman Zach Cole. The Fort Worth native will serve as Deane's caddy during the event.
The third-year leader of the UTA golf program entered the PGA Professional Championship's final round at Sunriver Resort in a tie for 53rd, but fired a 1-under par 71 to finish the 72 hole event at 3-over par 290 to tie with seven other golfers for 19th place. He birdied the second playoff hole to earn one of two available spots among the eight golfers.
In May, Deane competed at the AT&T Byron Nelson for the third time in his career. He has made the cut in a PGA TOUR event twice since 2006. That year, Deane made international headlines by winning a playoff to claim the Trump Million Dollar Invitational. He has also played on the Web.com Tour during his professional career.
In addition to the 20 low scorers at the PGA Professional Championship, the field includes former PGA champions, the last five Masters, U.S. Open and British Open champions, the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA champion, the 15 low scorers and ties from last year's event, the 70 leaders on the PGA Champions Points list, playing members of the United States and European Ryder Cup teams and the gold medalist from the 2016 Olympic Games.
The PGA Championship is, one of four tournaments, along with the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open, that are known as professional golf's "Majors." The winner will have his name inscribed on the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy, which is permanently enshrined at the PGA Gallery at the PGA Golf Club in Port. St. Lucie, Fla.
Past champions comprise an impressive list of who's who in professional golf history. Stars such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among the golfers who have won multiple PGA Championship titles.
More than 100,000 fans are expected to attend this week's event at Quail Hollow, which will feature an approximately $10 million total purse. Last year's champion, Jimmy Walker, earned a $1.8 million first prize.
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