Omar Uresti Leads contingent of 20 PGA Club Professionals to play the PGA Championship
By John Dever
SUNRIVER, ORE. – Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, who won the 2017 PGA Professional Championship in a playoff on Wednesday, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A 48-year-old PGA Life Member, Uresti will be playing in his third consecutive PGA Championship after edging Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware on the second playoff hole at Crosswater Club.
Uresti’s string of three straight PGA Championship berths is tied with Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York for the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Dobyns (2012, ’15-17) will be playing in his fourth PGA Championship this August.
McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania will be making his third career PGA Championship appearance (2013, ’14, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.
By earning a trip to Quail Hollow, Mike Small of Champaign, Illinois punched the 10th PGA Championship ticket of his career, first since 2013.
Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas and David Muttitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico earned the final two PGA Championship exemptions available this week, as they emerged from a tense eight-player playoff.
For Muttitt, it was the second straight year he emerged with a PGA Championship exemption via a playoff after the PGA Professional Championship.
Eight of the 20 PGA Club Professionals at Quail Hollow in August will be making their PGA Championship debuts.