Michael Block’s dream weekend came to an end on Sunday, capping an incredible four days at Oak Hill. The club pro from California finished in a tie for 15th place, securing an invite to next year’s PGA Championship.
It also landed Block a nice little payout. Here’s how many lessons the pro would’ve had to teach at his local course in order to make up those PGA winnings.
Block took golf fans by storm in Rochester, starting the tournament with three consecutive rounds at even par. That was good enough to enter Sunday’s final round in the top 10, giving the golfer an opportunity to not only close this weekend near the top of the leaderboard, but to also land an invite to next year’s event.
And with a +1 on his fourth round of play, he did just that.
Block just made the cut, finishing in a tie for 15th place. It wasn’t easy, though. He went two over on the front nine, putting that top 15 finish in jeopardy.
An incredible ace on No. 15 got him back in the running as fans rooted him on for a strong finish.
Block would bogey the next hole before closing with a pair of pars to end the tournament at +1. More importantly, he locked in that top 15 spot as well as a nice $288,333 payout.
Had he finished just one stroke worse, those winnings would’ve been cut by around $50,000 and that 2024 PGA Championship invite revoked.
Now as a course pro, Block typically spends his time running the pro shop and teaching lessons at Arroyo Trabuca Golf Club in Southern California. Those lessons run around $125-$150 a pop.
It would’ve taken more than 2,000 of those lessons to equal his winnings from the weekend.
It would take 2,307 of those $125 lessons to make the same amount Michael Block is officially bringing home this week ($288,333).
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) May 21, 2023
Fans were quick to comment.
One follower said, “Amazing run! Bringing extra emphasis to the term, ‘club pro.'”
Someone else wrote, “Extremely happy for the guy. He played out of his mind all weekend. Well-deserved congratulations.”
This fan posted, “For me, it was riveting and the best story of the entire tournament… that is how you grow the game.”
Incredible weekend for Michael Block.