After starting out so brightly at the PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans, former BYU star Daniel Summerhays faded a bit down the stretch to finish out of the Top 20 on Sunday, April 27. Summerhays, a resident of Farmington, Utah, seemed to do everything right to remain in contention going into the final round -- despite news reports of alligators cruising through the nearby swamps.
But ending up at even par through the front nine -- and a bogey on the 6th hole -- did not help Summerhays, who in two years on the PGA Tour has yet to earn a victory. And what went bad on the front nine for him became even worse on the back nine holes of play at Louisiana TPC as he shot over on all but two holes on this course for a 73 score.
That score tied him for 21st place overall at the tournament -- by far the worst golf he had played at the Zurich Classic this weekend. That said, he did pocket over $73,000 for his troubles on these gator-infested greens that saw rookie Seung Yul-Noh earn his first major PGA Tour victory on Sunday.
Might Summerhays time to win his first major be coming in a hurry? It’s possible, given his solid and steady play over the past several tournaments -- including a second place finish recently at the Valero Texas Open. He has moved from 41st place in the FedEx Cup standings to a respectable 34th over the past several weeks.
With PGA Tour earnings reaching well over $1 million this year, as well as several big tournaments in the coming months -- such as the TPC Players Championship, the U.S. Open and The Memorial to name a few -- Summerhays should feel good about his game despite a bit of a last-round collapse in the Louisiana heat.