Neal Lancaster has made 580 starts on the PGA Tour, which is another way of saying that he went 16 consecutive seasons being consistent enough to be invited back. His career earnings, when you include time spent on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour Champions, is just shy of $7 million.
He’s won a PGA Tour event – albeit a 36-hole affair at the 1994 GTE Byron Nelson Classic, dubbed the “Half Nelson” that ended in a six-man playoff and was considered official at the time – and blew a two-shot lead on the last hole of the 2002 Bell Canadian Open. In back-to-back years, 1995 and ’96, Lancaster shot 29 for nine holes at the U.S. Open, this at a time when red numbers were an endangered species at the championship.
So why would Lancaster, now 58 years old, want to play in a 312-person event full of club pros who spend more time folding shirts than playing golf?
The PGA Professional Championship concluded this past Wednesday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Omar Uresti, another hardened PGA Tour journeyman, demolished the ...
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