Club professional secures 2022 PGA Tour Champions status with EMOTIONAL victory

This game continues to deliver hugely satisfying moments...

Ben Smith's picture
Sat, 11 Dec 2021
Club professional secures 2022 PGA Tour Champions status with EMOTIONAL victory

When it comes to feel-good stories this one is definitely up there.

A three-decade club pro made a lifelong dream come true when he dominated his first senior Q School at TPC Tampa Bay. 

Rob Labritz broke down in tears at the 18th green after he got the job done, phoning his wife and telling her: "We did it."

Labritz told how he had dreamed about making that phone call for many years and now he has the chance to play a full season on the PGA Tour Champions. 

"All the sacrifice - we did it," he told her. "I appreciate you so much."

He is now fully exempt for the 2022 PGA Tour Champions season. 

MORE: BUBBA WATSON CLATTERS FAN WITH TEE SHOT

MORE: TIGER WOODS "WILL MAKE THE OPEN"

MORE: HOW TO WATCH THE PNC CHAMPIONSHIP

MORE: WHO IS A MEMBER AT MICHAEL JORDAN'S GOLF CLUB?

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

He closed out the week with a bogey-free 8-under 64 to reach a 17-under par total, and joins four other players who are fully exempt for the 2022 season. 

Now 50 years old, Labritz is seen as a highly respected club professional. He is the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in New York. 

He has made eight appearances at the PGA Championship and was even the low club professional at Whistling Straits and Bethpage Black. 

Labritz told Golf Digest:

"This is what I've worked for my entire life. Every time I’m out hitting golf balls, I’m thinking of this. I'm thinking of the shots I need to hit to make sure this happens. It’s super important, but it's super fun, too. I’m doing what I love, and there's nothing better."

NEWS: USGA SET TO NOMINATE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT

NEWS: BRYSON DECHAMBEAU'S REVELATION

NEWS: UK GOLF CLUB "VANDALISED BY YOUTHS"

BEST HEADCOVER DRILLS

Picture: PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions

NEXT PAGE: RORY MCILROY THROWBACK TRICKSHOT