Utah resident Daniel Summerhays plays about two tournaments per month on the PGA Tour on average. This month was the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston, a course on which he started in contention--then fell off the pace to finish in 57th place.
Chris Kirk won the $8 million tournament on Mon. Sept. 1, finishing at 15-under on this holiday weekend. Summerhays was well off the pace at even-par for the tournament, and if not for a not-so-good three-over 74 on the first day, the former BYU star might have even been in the top 20 in Beantown.
Instead Summerhays had to work his way up from his first-day, six-bogey meltdown. Day two was a little better for the Kaysville, Utah resident, who birdied four of his first five holes--then simmered down a bit before hitting bogeys on four of his last nine holes.
At even par, Summerhays had avoided the dreaded cut--if only barely. Tied for 40th place overall, Summerhays had a more steady third round, not necessarily hitting birdies out of the gate--he just played the course's front nine more steadily.
Even on the back nine, Summerhays really only had one bad hole, the dreaded par-4 11th, the same spot that felled him in round two. After that Summerhays was rolling, slapping three birdies in--and reach par on the others--to finish with his best round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, a 4-under 67.
The final round on Monday wasn't as kind to Summerhays, who bogeyed hole No. 4 and wrapped up his last front nine at the TPC Boston with an even-par 36. He shot two bogeys over the back nine to finish with a 1-over 72 for his final round in Beantown, his fourth PGA Tour stop since June.
For the tournament, Summerhays collected a tidy $17,600 to go with the $21,629 he collected last week at The Barclays--where he finished in 46th. Of course, neither tournament compares to the $54,500 paycheck he got at the PGA Championship--nor to the John Deere Classic in July where he was 13th and deposited a check for over $80,000.