Meet the Team of 20 Competing in the 2020 PGA Championship - Part III
Rob Labritz hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round for the 52nd PGA Professional Championship held at Belfair on May 1, 2019 in Bluffton, South Carolina. Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America
The 2020 PGA Championship is fast approaching and the ‘Team of 20’ PGA Professionals competing will be looking to make their mark at TPC Harding Park.
The 2020 PGA Professional Championship -- which had been scheduled for July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas -- was canceled on June 29 due to COVID-19. That meant the top 20 on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list were eligible for the 2020 PGA Championship.
We’ll be taking a look at the ‘Team of 20’ over the next few weeks leading into the championship. Here are five of the PGA Professionals who will be teeing it up at TPC Harding Park Aug. 6-9.
Club/Facility: Davis Park Golf Course, Farmington, Utah Utah Section
Zach J. Johnson will be making his second PGA Championship appearance after making his debut in 2018 at Bellerive. Johnson earned Player of the Year and Assistant Player of the Year honors in the Utah PGA Section in 2018. He played his golf collegiately at the University of Southern Utah.
Club/Facility: Glen Brook Golf Club, Jim Thorpe, Pa. Philadelphia Section
Alex Knoll will be making his PGA Championship debut at TPC Harding Park. Knoll posted an opening-round 62 at the 2019 Philadelphia PGA Section Professional Championship, besting Sam Snead’s course record at Union League Golf Club at Torresdale, Pennsylvania. He played collegiate at Davidson (N.C.) College.
Rob Labritz will be making his seventh PGA Championship appearance and his fifth in 11 years dating back to 2010. Labritz has twice finished as the PGA Championship’s Low PGA Club Professional, accomplishing the feat in 2010 at Whistling Straits and last year at Bethpage Black. He has been named the Metropolitan PGA Section Player of the Year three times (2003, ’08, ’16).
Club/Facility: Los Altos Golf Course, Albuquerque, N.M. Sun Country Section
David Muttitt will be playing in his fifth career PGA Championship since making his debut in 2013 at Oak Hill. He claimed the Sun Country PGA Section Professional Championship in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019 and was the section’s Assistant Championship winner three-straight years from 2011-13. He has posted more than 20 other professional victories.
Club/Facility: Trump National Golf Club Washington, Sterling, Va. Middle Atlantic Section
John O’Leary is appearing in his second-straight PGA Championship and third of his career. He made his debut in 2007. He was named the 2018 Mid-Atlantic PGA Section Player of the Year. O’Leary played collegiately at George Mason University.
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