After sleeping in a van overnight, longshot shot 64 and qualified for this week’s PGA Tour Champions event – Yahoo Sports

After sleeping in a van overnight, longshot shot 64 and qualified for this week's PGA Tour Champions event - Yahoo Sports

A red-hot Californian made it back-to-back uncapped qualifying successes from one coast to the other in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open qualifier at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.

Tim Bogue, of Windsor in Sonoma County, made eight birdies at the Apalachin golf course in a round of 64 and closed three clear of next-best in a field of competitors seeking one of the final four spots in the $2.1 million tournament itself. .

Bogue — who has worked as a longshoreman since 1999, loading cargo on and off ships in Oakland — told he slept in a van Monday night after making the long trek from California to Syracuse, then driving the last 90 minutes to Binghamton.

“Thank God the guy at (the rental place) gave me a van,” Bogue told the site. “As a boarder, we sleep in our cars a lot, so I get a lot of exercise.”

When Bogue isn’t unloading, he’s a golf coach in California who also frequents the skin games near his home. Bogue has reached the Final Stage of PGA Tour Champions Q-School three different times, but has yet to enter the circuit full-time. His best finish at Q-School was T56 in 2019.

Also securing starts in Friday’s opening round at En-Joie Golf Course were Ricardo Gonzalez (67) and, coming off a seven-way playoff, Andrew Johnson and Michael Muehr (69).

Bogue was 1-under through six holes before making birdie on six of his next seven. He birdied the par-5 18th and will be making his second PGA Tour Champions start in as many weeks.

In last week’s Boeing Classic qualifier, he finished with birdie for one of four 6-under 66s. He went on to shoot 76-75-75 (T68) at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge outside Seattle, his first senior tour start since the 2018 US Senior Open (75-76 missed cut).

Gonzalez, from Argentina, was par on the seventh tee and 4-under from the 12th green. He bogeyed the 14th but made eagle-3 at the last.

His three senior tour appearances this season include a T20 in the late-May Senior PGA Championship. He tied for seventh in the 2021 Senior British Open.

Johnson (Maitland, Florida) played the front side even and made three birdies on 12 in. Muehr (Bethesda, Maryland) scraped into the final despite playing his final six holes in 1-over.

Twice the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open champion came out of the open qualifier: Doug Barron in 2019 and Willie Wood in 2012.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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