Warren Qualifies for PGA Championship
Shawn Warren certainly didn't make things easy on himself down the stretch, but a clutch birdie on the first playoff hole propelled him into the year's final major at the PGA Championship. Playing in the final pairing of the day at the PGA Professional Championship in California, Warren survived a tough round to earn a trip to Bellerive CC to compete with the world's best.
The former Maine Amateur and Maine Open champion had played his way out of contention to win the championship, but stood in rough on the reachable par-5 18th hole needing par to finish inside the top 20 and earn a spot in the PGA Championship. Warren missed the green left and took two to get on the green from there. Facing a ten foot putt for par, he just missed on the low side.
Finding himself in a 9-man playoff for the final 5 spots in the PGA field, Warren put the bogey on the 72nd hole behind him and rolled in a downhill putt for birdie to secure his spot.
On behalf of the MSGA, congratulations to Shawn on this terrific achievement. We look forward to seeing a native of the Pine Tree State compete in the year's final major.