The finest golfer making himself at dwelling inside 10 miles of Muirfield Village Golf Club on Monday wasn’t practising for the Memorial Tournament.
Bob Sowards, director of instruction at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio, was again dwelling in Dublin after tying for fifth Sunday at the KitchenAide Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
While many of the high golfers on the earth have been nonetheless hundreds of miles away, Sowards was celebrating the second-best monetary end of his profession. The 52-year-old membership professional earned $106,000 after a tie for fifth, which he instructed the PGA of America would assist pay for a few of his daughter’s college.
“Tuition is expensive,” Sowards mentioned, explaining that he nearly skipped the journey to Tulsa to attend the highschool commencement ceremony of his daughter, Jordan, who will attend Arizona State within the fall. But his spouse, Lynn, had different concepts, telling him a excessive end may defray college prices.
“She (Lynn) rules the roost,” Sowards mentioned. “I pretty much do what I’m told.”
Mission completed, even when at one level it appeared Sowards may be capable of pay for Jordan’s whole college profession. He led the championship by two strokes on Friday earlier than struggling down the stretch to finish the second spherical tied for 18th. But a Saturday-Sunday comeback jumped him all the best way to fifth, tied with former Masters champion Mike Weir and John Riegger. Tournament winner Alex Cejka collected $585,000.
“I won $120,000 when I finished ninth in Greensboro on the PGA Tour in 2008, but this one is the biggest since I turned 50,” Sowards mentioned. “It changes things knowing I can compete with the best seniors in the world now.”
Sowards started Sunday’s spherical tied for tenth and accomplished it tops among the many 9 membership execs at Southern Hills, the very best end by a membership professional at the Senior PGA since 2009.
Alex Cejka (left), event champion poses with Bob Sowards after the Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 30, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images