Making the cut was only the beginning for Ben Cook. He is one of two PGA Professionals (the other being Brad Marek) to make a start at Round 3 of the PGA Championship on Saturday.
He hasn’t run out of steam though. Cook teed off bright and early this morning at 8:40 am and stepped straight on the gas. Through the front nine, he carded 3 birdies and 5 pars, totaling 34.
The birdies didn't stop falling on the front nine. He carded two additional birdies through his last 9 holes (including one at the the characteristically difficult par-3 17th). By the end of the round, Cook landed at 3-under par, which was more than enough to help him jump 25 spots up the leaderboard by midday, where he sat tied for 38th.
Cook, a member of the Michigan Section of the PGA of America, has played in the past 3 PGA Championships, though he has never made a cut. This year, he made an impressive showing during the first round on Thursday, firing an even par 72. He struggled a bit more on Friday, carding a five-over 77. Regardless, it was enough to make the cut, besting some of the highest ranked golfers in the world.
If this trend continues, it's safe to say the Ben Cook will be very happy with where his name ends up on the leaderboard by the end of Sunday's final round.