WATCH: The PGA Tour debutant who swings cack-handed and wears two (!) gloves

Patrick Welch will make his PGA Tour debut at the Shriners Children's Open at TPC Summerlin and his swing is pretty epic.

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Wed, 5 Oct 2022
WATCH: The PGA Tour debutant who swings cack-handed and wears two (!) gloves

Ordinarily you wouldn't bat an eyelid if you tuned into the PGA Tour this week for the Shriners Children's Open and saw the name Patrick Welch on the leader board. 

But if he does manage to shoot a low number to get into the mix you'll certainly notice him as not only does he hold the club cack-handed, he also wears two gloves. 

What's that saying? Swing your swing. It's pretty epic. 


Welch, 22, is in his fifth year at the University of Oklahoma. He was given a special exemption to make his debut at TPC Summerlin after he won the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas last March. 

Per a report by GolfDigest in 2021, Welch began swinging this way because it was how he held a baseball bat. He simply would not change his grip despite others attempting to convince him to try out a conventional one. 

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Welch previously told Golfweek: "Ever since I started golfing, I’ve always wanted to make it to the PGA Tour. To have this opportunity means the world."

The Shiners Children's Open will take place over October 6-10

The defending champion is Sungjae Im, who made the headlines after the 2022 Presidents Cup. 

Im was filmed giving it large dancing to "Gangnam Style" in the after party after the International side lost 17.5 to 12.5 at Quail Hollow Club. 

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He told the media this week before he attempts to defend his title: "Playing in a team event is definitely different than individual competition.

"There was a lot of anxiety and nervousness playing in the Presidents Cup, but from that experience

"I think I can have success out here on Tour when it comes to clutch moments. I want to continue that good momentum that I had in Charlotte." 

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