The West Texas Driving Range Pro Qualifies for PGA Event
Credit to J.J. Killeen for grinding his way back into a PGA event for the first time since 2015. Killeen, the self-titled West Texas Driving Range Pro for his day job at 4ore Golf, qualified for the Valero Texas Open on Monday after shooting a five-under 67 to tie for fourth at the qualifier played at Comanche Trace. The tie meant Killeen had to advance to a playoff where he beat Blake Elliot on the second hole of the playoff to earn the bid to play this week at TPC San Antonio.
This isn't Killeen's first, or second PGA event, he's had 34 career PGA Tour Starts and has made the cut 17 times. His best PGA finish was in 2012 at the True South Classic where he finished 8th.
The former Coronado Mustang played his collegiate golf at TCU where he was named the Conference USA Golfer of the year in 2005 and played in 50 tournaments as a Horned Frog. Since then Killeen has played in more than 180 professional tournaments between the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour.
Killeen has seen varying levels of success at the professional level with his best season coming in 2011 where he was named Korn Ferry Tour player of the year winning both the Cox Classic and Utah Championship. Nails.
After Killeen qualified for the Valero Open he had an emergency press conference, obviously.
Killeen thanked his sponsors and hoped he'd make the cut this weekend to prove to his son that he actually had a job.
Speaking of making the cut, if Killeen can get on a bit of a run this weekend and wins the Valero Open he'll qualify for a little tournament called The Masters. Do you believe in miracles?
If you do, for entertainment purposes, there are sportsbooks offering +5000 for a top-20 finish for Killeen and +2000 for a top-10 finish. Strictly for entertainment purposes.
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