(Reuters) – Michael Visacki, a longtime mini-tour participant who certified this week for his first PGA Tour occasion, realised a lifelong dream on Thursday by competing in the opening spherical of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Visacki, who drained a 20-foot putt in a playoff at a Monday qualifier to earn the ultimate spot in this week’s area, birdied the par-five first gap at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course en path to a three-over-par 74.
“Yeah, it was awesome,” Visacki mentioned about his 334-yard drive on the first gap. “I thought I was going to be a little bit more nervous than I was but I felt calm, had a good warm-up session and striped one right down the middle.”
The 27-year-old Visacki grew to become considered one of golf’s feel-good tales of the 12 months after the emotional telephone name he made to his father to say he can be making a begin on golf’s most profitable circuit was caught on video and went viral.
And regardless of a whirlwind week throughout which he was thrust onto the pre-tournament interview schedule with the likes of world primary Dustin Johnson and quantity two Justin Thomas, Visacki was in a position to get an excellent evening’s sleep earlier than his large day.
“Last night was a little bit easier than even really even the Monday qualifier, actually,” mentioned Visacki. “I had barely got any sleep that night, but last night was probably the first night that I’ve actually gotten some decent sleep this week.”
Visacki feels his first style of PGA Tour life will probably be nothing however useful.
Playing on a Copperhead format that’s about an hour from his dwelling in Sarasota, Visacki adopted his opening birdie with three consecutive bogeys and reached the flip in two-over-par 38 earlier than mixing two bogeys with a birdie on the again 9.
“I hope that it gives other guys like me inspiration to keep going, because I know a lot of guys that just give up, they’re like, you know, I’m not good enough,” mentioned Visacki.
“Just kind of forget about that and focus on you know how good you are because you’re still trying to do this for a living and just one shot at a time.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, enhancing by Ed Osmond)