PGA Tour rookie John Huh is having one heck of a season. He not only won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in a playoff over the El Camaleon course but also had three top-15 finishes coming into last week’s Valero Texas Open. A quick look at his final numbers, a 7-under-par 281 that was good for a second-place tie with Matt Every, would tell you that Huh had another wonderful outing.
A deeper view into his rounds, though, would reveal that Huh showed perseverance can pay off after starting the tournament with a horrible eight-hole stretch that would have driven other players to walk off after nine and chalk up a WD.
Beginning on the back nine of the Greg Norman-desgined TPC San Antonio Oaks Course, Huh, 21, was 8-over par including one birdie. The other seven holes included five bogies, a double and a triple. Once he made it to the ninth hole, Huh played the best golf of the tournament and had he gone through the first eight holes in even par would have won the event by eight shots.
Huh birdied the ninth, made the turn and carded three more birdies and no bogies on the front side for 5-over 77.
On Friday be fired a bogey-free 68, did himself one better on Saturday with a 67 that also saw no bogies. Sunday’s round began with a bogey, the only one in his last 55 holes, and also had four birdies giving Huh a 69.
Huh, though, will not have a chance this week to build on the great finish. He’s withdrawn from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.