Next week's PGA Championship will feature a Minnesota golf store manager who sank a 30-foot putt to quality for the pro golf major championship.
Derek Holmes, the manager at the PGX store at Southdale Center in Edina, buried the 30-footer to finish even par at a qualifying event that was televised on NBC Sports Network.
The cut was one over par, so he needed to sink the putt to secure a spot – the top 20 at the PGA Professional Championship in St. Lucie, Florida, qualified for the PGA, and Holmes finished eighth.
Holmes, 32, who was the assistant pro at Dellwood County Club from 2016 to 2020, tied for eighth place in the PGA Professional Championship, a PGA qualifier, at Port St. Lucie, Florida, ending April 28.
According to PXG, Holmes manages the company's store in Minneapolis, which also serves as his primary place of practice.
“With a two-year old at home and a booming PXG store to manage, it’s been a grind to find time to commit to the game. I feel fortunate to work with PXG. They’ve provided me the space, support, and tools to dial-in my game,” Holmes said in a statement. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play among the best and I am grateful to not only have PXG in my bag, but also in my corner.”
The PGA Championship, one of four major championships on the PGA Tour, will be play this coming Thursday-Sunday at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
The White Bear Press notes that Holmes lives in Cottage Grove and was a high school state tournament qualifier while growing up in Anoka.
He played college golf at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.