CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Dobyns will keep trying to play in as many PGA Championships as he can, regardless of the past two days and various other potential discouragements. The Long Island club pro still wants to make the cut at the major championship, and believes he can.
The head pro at Fresh Meadow Country Club did not come close this week at Quail Hollow Club. In his third PGA Championship and his fourth major, Dobyns shot 7-over par 78 in the second round on Friday to finish 12 over. He had expected to do better, having made the cut on the same course in a PGA Tour event last year.
“I’m walking away from this one more disappointed than any of the other ones because this one I felt I was more prepared for. This one, I knew what to expect, having played the event here and having played PGAs before. I just didn’t handle it very well,” he said.
There is no telling how many more chances he will have, given that the PGA Championship will move to May the year after next and the national club pro tournament — the avenue to qualify — will be moved up to April. “We just have to practice that much harder in March,” he said, mindful of the difficulty of that for pros in the Northeast.
Also, there is the fact he will turn 40 in March, which will entail “lifestyle changes” to stay in shape. But he did add, “I still get it out there with most guys. I don’t see any reason I can’t play in a few more and heck, I’d love to make the cut in one of these things.
Fox’s eye-popping 66
Ryan Fox of New Zealand shot the best score of the week, a 5-under par 66, to end the second round at 1 under for the tournament. “Pretty bloody happy, to be honest,” said the 30-year-old European Tour player whose father, Grant, played rugby for the famous All Blacks squad. He attributed his round to length off the tee and new confidence. “Being from a completely different part of the world it took me a while to get used to playing in those bigger events with the top guys week-in and week-out.”