Ty Tryon as a Professional


Ty Tryon, 17, makes his professional debut in this weeks $2.5 million Tampa Bay Classic. The Orlando, Fla., resident was given a sponsors invitation to the event contested at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbour, Fla.
The national tragedies which occurred Tuesday necessitated a Friday start. Eighteen holes will be played, followed by 18 holes on Saturday and 36 Sunday. The prop-am was canceled.
This will be Tryons third PGA Tour start. He tied for 39th in the Honda Classic, and tied for 37th in the B.C. Open.
Tryon turned pro last month after the U.S. Amateur Championship in Atlanta. Larry Rinker, who turned pro in 1979, will serve as Tryons caddie ' assuming he doesnt get a spot in the field as an alternate.
Tryon is starting his junior year in high school. He plans to continue his secondary education while seeking professional riches. Hes been at the center of attention concerning a possible age limit for PGA Tour members.
The Tour is expected to ratify an age limit of 18, which would make Tryon a non-member ' whether or not he makes his way through all three stages of the Qualifying Tournament ' until his 18th birthday on June 2, 2002.
John Huston is the defending champion. Playing the Copperhead Course, his home course, the 40-year-old sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a three-stroke victory over Carl Paulson in the inaugural tournament.
Five of Hustons six career PGA Tour titles have come in the Sunshine State.
Mark Brooks, John Cook, John Daly, Robert Damron, David Gossett, Charles Howell III, Lee Janzen, Bryce Molder and Mark OMeara are also scheduled to compete for the $450,000 first-place check.
Daly is coming off a fourth-place finish at last weeks Bell Canadian Open. Two weeks ago, he won his first tournament in six years at the European Tours BMW International.
Full field and tee times for the Tampa Bay Classic