The PGA Championship

Minnesota's Berry nearly makes cut at Oak Hill

PGA club professional misses weekend by two after suffering crippling double-bogey on final hole

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PGA.com) -- Don Berry will be having nightmares about the 18th hole at Oak Hill Country Club for years to come.

Berry, the 2002 PGA Club Professional Player of the Year and director of golf at Edinburgh USA Golf Club in Brooklyn Park, Minn., came to the final hole of his second round Friday needing a par to make the cut at the 85th PGA Championship. But a killing double-bogey on the difficult 482-yard par-4 18th knocked him out of the weekend.

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"I had a double on the front and a double on 18. That's about all there is," Berry said. "I hit the ball pretty well, but just too many stupid bogeys and one too many doubles.

"I made the cut last year and I thought I really could make the cut this year, but I just made too many stupid mistakes. You can't do that when you're out here on this kind of course playing with these kinds of players."

Berry, who tied for 64th at the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., finished with a 76, which, combined with his solid 74 on Thursday, gave him a two-round total of 10-over-par 150. The cut fell at 8-over 148.

Berry was one of 25 PGA club professionals who earned a berth into the season's final major based their finish in the 2003 PGA Club Professional Championship last June in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Despite his disappointing finish, Berry, 41, left Rochester with his spirits high.

"It's one of the crowning jewels of my career. It doesn't get any better than this," said Berry, who in 2002 won his eighth straight Minnesota PGA Player of the Year award.

"The chance to be the last guy to hole-out today, and have my kids run out on the 18th green so I could get a picture with them and things like that last a lifetime. It's been a fun time."

The following chart highlights the PGA club professionals in the PGA Championship since 1982, including the low finisher and total members making the cut.

PGA Professionals in the PGA Championship (Since 1982)
YearMade CutLow FinisherPlace
2002 2 Don Berry T-64
2001 1 Rick Schuller T-44
2000 1 Frank Dobbs 80th
1999 1 Bruce Zabriski T-68
1998 0
1997 0
1994 4 Bob Boyd T-30
1993 4 Stu Ingraham T-31
1992 8 Tom Wargo T-28
1991 4 Lindy Miller T-57
1990 5 Bob Boyd T-19
1989 0
1988 2 Jay Overton T-17
1987 5 Bob Betley T-47
1986 2 Lonnie Nielsen T-11
1985 2 Dave Glenz T-73
1984 2 Scott Bess T-62
1983 4 Buddy Whitten T-27
1982 1 Don Padgett 72nd
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