Tryon Back to the Beginning


Jesper Parnevik won last years Honda Classic, though it was almost secondary to the story of Ty Tryon.
The 16-year-old Monday qualified for his first PGA Tour event, and then proceeded to produce a week which even his fertile mind could never have imagined.
While many teens were busy Spring Break partying in nearby Ft. Lauderdale, Tryon was having the time of his life on a golf course. The Orlando high school sophomore stole headlines by opening in 67, and then moved to within one of the lead Friday before finishing with a 73.
Tryon became the second youngest player (Bob Panasik ' 15 years, eight months, 20 days ' in the 1957 Canadian Open) to ever make a cut on tour. He went on to shoot weekend scores of 70-68 to finish tied for 39th. His third round concluded with a hole out from the bunker at the par-4 18th. He finished his tournament ' playing alongside Tom Lehman ' with an eight-foot par save.
'That was pretty impressive,' Lehman said after the round. 'He's way, way, way beyond his years.
It was awesome, Tryon said of his experience. It was fun. I just didnt want it to end.
Tryon eventually earned his 2002 playing privilege through Q-School, and has used two of his seven allotted sponsors exemption until he turns 18 on June 2. Tryon missed the cut in both the Phoenix Open and last weeks Genuity Championship. He also failed to Monday qualify at Riviera.
Parnevik seems to have found his form since returning to the East Coast. He has played every week, beginning at the season-opening Mercedes Championships, and earned his best finish to date with a tie for 10th at Doral.
Last year at the TPC at Heron Bay, the Swede shot an even-par 72 on the final day to hold off two-time champion Mark Calcavecchia, Geoff Ogilvy and Craig Perks. Parnevik finished at 18-under-par 270, one shot clear of the runners-up.
The $3.5 million Honda is the second of four straight tournaments in the Sunshine State. Leading money earner Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Mike Weir are among those battling for the $630,000 first-place prize.
Full field and tee times for the Honda Classic