Tryon Gets First Win - On Hooters Tour

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More than three years after becoming the youngest player ever player to earn his PGA Tour card, 20-year-old Ty Tryon earned his first-ever professional win Thursday at The NGA/Hooters Tour Winter Series Event at The Legends Golf Club in Clermont, Florida.
 
Tryon, who spent the 2004 season on the Nationwide Tour, carded rounds of 67, 64, and 67, finishing 18-under for the week to win by three shots. The Orlando resident took home $11,000 for the win.
 
After earning his card in 2001 and turning pro at 16, Tryon battled a case of mononucleosis during his rookie season and finished a disappointing 242nd on the PGA Tour money list. A medical exemption got him back on tour in 2003, but he could finish no higher than 196th on the money list. He lost his card and fell to The Nationwide Tour, where he continued to struggle, finishing 199th on the PGA Tours developmental circuit money list.
 
So with no status whatsoever on the PGA or Nationwide Tours in 2005, Tyron is playing in a few selected mini-tour events in Central Florida.
 
'I'm doing a lot of things right, I think,' he told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. 'More stuff right than wrong. So, just stick with that and keep improving in other areas and I'll be pretty well off at the end of the year.'
 
Tryon has a new appreciation of what it takes to be a professional golfer.
 
'I just came out, did my business and went home,' Tryon said. 'I'm not so much trying to make friends. I'm trying to get some good scores.
 
'I really just played the way I can play if I don't shoot myself in the foot,' he said. 'I let missed shots be missed shots, and I didn't start doubting myself. It sounds easy, but it's really pretty hard.'