Tryon To Make Long-Awaited Pro Debut


Ty Tryon will make his professional debut at this weeks Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., and he has Matt Kuchar to thank for it.
Kuchar, who has no permanent PGA Tour status, finished tied for second at last weeks Texas Open. He was originally on the sponsors exemption list, but the top-10 finish earned the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion an automatic berth into the Michelob field.
With Kuchar off the sponsors exemption list, Tryon was added to it. The 17-year-old high school junior in Orlando was first scheduled to make his PGA Tour debut at the Tampa Bay Classic, which was canceled in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Tryon has made the cut in both his PGA Tour appearances as an amateur this year, finishing tied for 39th in the Honda Classic and tied for 37th at the B.C. Open.
Tryon plans on playing a select few professional events while finishing high school. He has secured a three-year deal with clubmaker Callaway and signed a multiyear apparel contract with Target and Mossimo sportswear.
Tryon will play Callaway clubs and use their ball. Terms were not disclosed, but both deals are likely to bring in about $1 million per year.
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