According to the arrangement of the organizers – Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA), Patrick Rada on May 20 was kicked off the opening ball of the 103rd major PGA Championship.
To carry out this honor, Rada has to wake up at 4am. When he and his caddy entered the gym to warm up, the sun had not yet risen. The dawn also indicated that they were present in the starting group at the beginning of the opening day.
“I’ve never been up so early for golf. At sunrise it was just me and caddy Daniel. But that moment was amazing and I’ll never forget it,” Rada said. Golf Channel.
Rada entered the game at 7 o’clock, from the par4 hole 1, 396 yards long. He hit 263 yards to the right of the fairway, the second shot 125 yards but didn’t hit the green. More than 16 yards from the hole, he chip in and two putts are done, starting the bogey sequence over three holes. The rest, he scored two birdies and two more bogeys. At least 12 people followed Rada to the end of the round, including father, wife, brother, uncle and aunt.
The whole match, Rada 76 strokes on par72. With a score of +4 in the opening round, he stood at T97.
Rada competes for the PGA Championship 2021 by finishing in the top 20 in the qualifying tournament for professional coaches only under PGAA. This is also his first time trying in the major arena.
Rada is 33 years old, has been a professional golfer since 2010, is currently the head of coaching at McArthur Course in Hobe Sound, Florida.
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