Two Sunday nights ago, Daniel Summerhays and his wife, Emily, finally settled into their home outside Salt Lake City, Utah, the buzz of his runner-up finish in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Utah Championship beginning to subside. They looked at each other.
“We had it all planned out. What did I go and do?” Summerhays said.
The Utah Championship was to have been Summerhays’ final event on the Korn Ferry Tour, a home-state sendoff to a solid career that included a third-place finish in the 2016 PGA Championship. Then he almost won while saying goodbye, shooting 62 on Sunday to get into a playoff.
At age 36 with four children and a dream of teaching and coaching high school kids, Summerhays found himself not necessarily at the end of a road but at a crossroads of his own creation.
To stick to his plan to walk away or allow the game to pull him back in, understanding he’s close enough to the Korn Ferry Tour’s top 25 that a return to the PGA Tour down the road isn’t out of the question. To retire from full-time competition or not.
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