The men’s category of THE JOHN SHIPPEN National Golf Invitational presented by Rocket Mortgage was won by Wyatt Worthington II of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, after a final round of seven-under 65 on Sunday at Detroit Golf Club.
To qualify for the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Classic (July 26 – 31) in Detroit, Michigan, Worthington II was granted an exemption. Worthington will not be the first time he has competed in a high-level tournament. Prior to this year’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills and the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol, Wyatt competed in the first THE JOHN SHIPPEN.
“Disbelief, tenacity, and toughness, that’s what it needed,” Worthington said of Sunday’s round. Worthington II recorded a 73 in the first round and was five strokes off the lead heading into the final round with Chase Johnson and Everett Whitten Jr. in second place.
With eight birdies in the final round, four of which came on the final nine holes, Worthington II won the championship. One stroke separated him from second-place finisher Michael Herrera, who carded 138 during the round.
To participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Worthington II eagerly awaits. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the ropes. “I’ve worked hard for this opportunity, and I’m eager to put it to the test.”
“This is legendary…this is way bigger than me, this is way deeper than this.”@WWorthingtonII– a member of the PGA Team of 20 competing this week – reflects on what it means to play at the @PGAChampionship with @RogerSteeleJr. pic.twitter.com/tMjk5UmWJr
— Golf on CBS ⛳ (@GolfonCBS) May 19, 2022
In honour of John Shippen Jr., who was the first American-born professional golfer and the country’s first black professional, the JOHN SHIPPEN was created. In 2009, a posthumous membership in the PGA of America was granted in honour of Shippen.
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A sports business summit hosted by John Shippen will take place in Detroit later this year. As many as 10,000 high schools and college-aged men and women of colour from throughout the country will be able to attend a one-day summit on September 23 to hear from and learn about the sports and entertainment industries.
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