Off and Running

SEVEN. That’s the number of PGA TOUR wins by Portland Alums since the 2016 tournament concluded on August 28th. Just twelve events into the PGA TOUR season more than half of the trophies have been hoisted by players who teed it up here in Portland. Justin Thomas (Portland Class of 2014) and Cody Gribble (2016) both won before the month of October concluded. Since then Rod Pampling (2015) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016) have notched wins on the big stage. It is Thomas however who has been the toast of the PGA TOUR this season. After winning the CIMB Classic in Malaysia for the second consecutive year Thomas has set a torrid pace in 2017. In the first event of the calendar year Thomas cleared the field by three strokes at the SBS Tournament of Champions. For an encore he fired a round of 59 to open the Sony Open the very next week, becoming just the seventh player in PGA TOUR history to do so. There was no letup from there, Thomas went on to set the 72-hole scoring record on his way to his second consecutive win posting 27-under par 253 to run away with a seven shot victory.

 

The season is young and Portland Alums have dominated the headlines to this point, stay tuned as the next generation of golf continues to pile up the wins. With 15 PGA TOUR wins in less than three years it is clear that the path to the PGA TOUR runs through Portland.

 

 

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