FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK | There are golf professionals and there are professional golfers and the lines don’t often cross.
Golf professionals sell equipment, give lessons and make sure their members are happy. They make a living from the game, not by playing the game.
Professional golfers play the game for a living, their success measured in birdies, bogeys and par saves.
Every year at the PGA Championship – a major championship run by the PGA of America, an association that counts approximately 29,000 golf professionals as members – 20 of those professionals tee it up against the best golfers in the world.
This week at Bethpage Black, Rob Labritz, Marty Jertson and Ryan Vermeer – golf professionals – did what Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia and others could not.
They made the cut at the PGA Championship.
They were no threat to win, but in a championship that causes some PGA Tour players to complain about club pros taking spots that might otherwise have gone to one of their own, Labritz, Jertson and Vermeer proved...
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