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Daniel Summerhays update: Golfer finishes 23rd at The Players Championship

Former BYU golfer Daniel Summerhays at The Players Championship.
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A solid second round at The Players Championship got former BYU golfer Daniel Summerhays over the hump and into the final rounds of action. Another good third round of play pushed Summerhays into the top 20 at the TPC Sawgrass.

And on Sunday, May 11 Summerhays wrapped up The Players Championship with a good but not great 18 holes of golf to finish in a tie for 23rd place overall. His fourth round wasn’t as good as rounds two and three, however.

Summerhays finished the TPC at five under par for the tournament, eight strokes behind the winner, Martin Kaymer of Germany. Summerhays was even in round four going into the sixth hole -- which he bogeyed. He finished out the front nine solidly but not spectacularly.

On the back nine, he golfed well -- even hitting a 37-foot-putt for birdie on the 16th hole Sunday, his only birdie in the final round of play.

Summerhays had a final round of 72 at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, wrapping up what has been another successful tournament as he continues to inch towards his first PGA Tour victory of his career.

Summerhays has now compiled two top 25 finishes at his last three PGA Tour stops. With this 23rd place finish in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, he nearly surpassed his 21st place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from three weeks ago.

Summerhays’ earnings are about to surpass $1.2 million after this performance at The Players Championship -- which begs the question: How far is he from getting that elusive first PGA Tour victory? The answer may come in the short term.

Since the beginning of April Summerhays has only missed making the final cut at two tournaments. He’s finished in the top 25 at four PGA Tour stops and nearly got his first victory at the Valero Texas Open in late April, finishing that tourney in a tie for second.