History will be made on the golf course today [Thursday, July 28] in Springfield, N.J. For the first time in 25 years, a Black club professional will step onto the green at the PGA Championship. And when he does, Wyatt Worthington II will only be the second of his kind to do so.
“Twenty-five years is a long time. I’ve got a platform. Maybe I can set an example for a younger generation,” Worthington told the New York Times.
The 29-year-old hails from Ohio, where he teaches at Gahanna’s The Golf Depot. His touring career started about a year ago. He came close to qualifying in the 2015 PGA Championship. But only now would he be able to succeed Tom Woodard’s 1991 feat. He swept sixth place at the PGA Club Professional Championship, finally reaching the top 20 spot needed to qualify.
Worthington’s Baltusrol Gold Club appearance will also be his debut at any PGA Tour event. The competition airs at 1 P.M.