Another week, another Chip McDaniel update on the PGA Tour. This time, the Clay County native will participate in the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic, his third straight event on tour. McDaniel picked up one of the four sponsor’s exemptions into the tournament following another strong performance.
Last weekend, McDaniel finished T43 in the Travelers Championship, which earned him a check for $21,924. In his third round on Saturday, he was paired with the No. 1 player in the world, Brooks Koepka, and beat him by four strokes in the head-to-head.
Heading into this week’s tournament, PGATour.com named the former Wildcat a sleeper pick:
Chip McDaniel … As @sault0885 put it best on my Twitter, “Chip must be thrilled to have a day off.” Indeed, a whirlwind would be a downgrade given what the 23-year-old product of the University of Kentucky has experienced in recent weeks. McDaniel started the month as a sectional qualifier (in Springfield, Ohio) for the U.S. Open. He made the cut at Pebble Beach, finished 78th and then flew overnight to Boston. After landing, he drove to Ellington, Connecticut, for the open qualifier for the Travelers Championship and survived a 9-man playoff for three spots in the tournament proper. Operating no doubt on a combination of adrenaline and fumes, he managed a T43 at TPC River Highlands that included a third-round pairing with Brooks Koepka. Naturally, McDaniel had entered the open qualifier for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, but when one of the last two sponsor exemptions became available, he received one. You gonna bet against this guy? [PGATour.com]
Good luck to Chip as he continues his rapid path to becoming a regular on tour.