Tryon Earns PGA Tour Card


PGA Tour (75x100)Seventeen-year-old Ty Tryon fired a final-round 6-under-par 66 to earn his 2002 PGA Tour card through the tours Qualifying Tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Orlando, Fla., high school junior finished six days of play at the Bear Lakes Country Club tied for 23rd place at 18-under-par 414.
This is a dream come true, said Tryon, who turned professional earlier in the year. Im so glad its over.'
Tryon, who made it through all three stages of Q-School, started the day three strokes off the card line. He birdied the par-4 10th ' his first hole ' and made the turn in 3-under 33.
Still one stroke back of the magical number ' which allows the top 35 scorers and ties to earn their cards for next season ' Tyron eagled the par-5 third. He then added one more birdie at the par-5 sixth to secure his spot on the games biggest stage.
I feel so, like, relieved ' I dont know how I feel, said an exasperated Tryon.
Even though Tryon will be eligible to play on the PGA Tour next season, he will have to wait until his 18th birthday on June 2 before he will become an official member. The tour passed a rule in September stating a player had to be at least 18 years of age before being recognized as a PGA Tour member.
He will be allowed to play seven tournaments under a sponsor's exemption and can play up to 12 events until his birthday.
I dont really have any plans, Tryon said of his future schedule. Im just going to go to high school, maybe play an event a month, or so. I dont really know.
Tryon played in three tour events in 2001. He made the cut in both the Honda Classic and the B.C. Open as an amateur. He also missed the cut in his professional debut at the Michelob Championship.
Full-field scores from the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament