Mike Small received the Walter Hagen Cup from PGA President Jim Remy after his victory. (Photo: The PGA of America)
Mike Small, the golf coach at the University of Illinois, edged Mark Sheftic and Steve Schneiter by a shot to win the PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday. Small, who also won the title in 2005, finished at 7-under 277 after a final-round 68 at Twin Warriors to become one of only four players to own multiple victories in the premier event for PGA Professionals.
Brand-new National Champion Mike Small leads a group of 20 PGA Professionals earning berths in the 91st PGA Championship in August at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The final five spots were decided in an eight-man playoff.
The 10-member U.S. PGA Cup team was finalized Wednesday, with new PGA Professional National Championship winner Mike Small leading the way. The 24th PGA Cup will be played in September in Loch Lomond, Scotland.
Co-runner-up Mark Sheftic tells PGA.com's T.J. Auclair how he enjoyed a phenomenal week. Plus, Grant Sturgeon wraps up an incredible week of his own, Craig Thomas and Keith Dicciani will spend some more quality time together, and more.
In the Wednesday edition of his diary from Twin Warriors, PGA of America President Jim Remy offers his final thoughts on this national championship and the two other tournaments within this tournament that loomed so large for everyone.
When PGA.com's John Kim was looking for a truly unique Albuquerque experience, PGA Professional Derek Gutierrez told him to get airborne. After riding a high-altitude tram and a hot-air balloon, Kim is just now coming back down to earth.