Former BYU star Daniel Summerhays may have shot a 74 to open play at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra, Fla., but he made up for a weak first round with a much improved second round on Friday, May 9. Summerhays shot a 68 over his next 18 holes to survive the cut and qualify for the final rounds of action.
The Farmington, Utah resident began his second round of play at TPC Sawgrass needing to make up for a horrendous first round that included two bogeys and a double bogey. To his credit, however, he did finish his first round in style, sinking two birdies on the last two holes going into Friday’s round.
On Friday, Summerhays started where he left off on Thursday, as he opened play with a birdie on the first hole and proceeded to sink four more birdies -- three on the back nine -- for a 68 score, leaving him at four under par for the day.
The Salt Lake Tribune reporter Kurt Kragthorpe, who has followed Summerhays all over the PGA Tour since Summerhays graduated from BYU and got his “Q” card, summed up the former Cougar’s second round performance on his Twitter page.
“Utahn Danny Summerhays is a great Friday golfer, and that's a compliment. Have to make cuts to make PGA Tour living. 68 in Players,” Kragthorpe tweeted Friday following Summerhays electric 2nd round.
And make a living on the PGA Tour is something Summerhays has done. Going into the The Players Championship, Summerhays’ 2014 earnings are at $1.1 million. At the rate he’s going this year he’ll easily eclipse his best earnings year of $1.3 million on the PGA Tour.
With a total purse of $10 million at The Players Championship, it’s possible that with two solid rounds at the TPC Sawgrass this weekend, Summerhays may yet reach and surpass those numbers at this tournament alone. Stay tuned to see what happens next.