Former UK golfer Chip McDaniel is making some serious noise in the professional golf world for what he did this past weekend.
We’ll start with the U.S. Open, his first appearance in a major. McDaniel earned a spot at Pebble Beach the week before his first tee time by finishing in a tie for first in a 36-hole Monday sectional qualifying event in Springfield, Ohio. He of course flew out to California as fast as he could for his major championship debut; and not only did well once he got there, but he made the cut and cashed $21,224 by doing so.
Not bad, huh? It gets better.
Immediately after McDaniel tapped in for par on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach, he took a shuttle to the San Francisco airport, almost three hours away, to catch a 9 p.m. flight to Boston for another Monday qualifying event. He landed in Boston around 5:30 a.m., rented a car, drove 90 minutes to Ellington Ridge Country Club to tee it up again. When he hit his first drive, he had slept only for a little while on the red eye flight and made one stop along the way: McDonald’s for breakfast.
McDaniel told Golf Digest, “It was a pretty wild day. I slept pretty much the entire five-hour flight but, man, I was still loopy when I got there.”
The loopy Clay County native birdied his first hole. And then he went on to win a playoff at the end of his round, earning him a spot in the upcoming Travelers Championship this coming weekend.
Now he’s off to Cromwell, Connecticut for his fifth PGA Tour start and you’ll having a hard time finding a wilder 18 hours in sports.