Nate Lashley wins first career event at 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic
Detroit, MI – 36-year-old Nate Lashley (-25) became a champion on the PGA Tour and did so in convincing fashion Sunday afternoon, beating the next best player by six strokes after shooting rounds of 63, 67, 63, and 70. One of the most remarkable things about the victory is that, as the third alternate, Lashley was the last man into the field after failing to Monday qualify.
For those who didn’t know him already, Lashley’s remarkable story became well-known throughout the weekend’s broadcast. The Scottsbluff, Nebraska native has endured unspeakable personal tragedy, quit the game to enter a career in real estate, and returned to professional golf to become a perennial grinder on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, Web.com, and PGA Tours.
Now, after keeping his nerve during the final round after entering with a six stroke lead over J.T. Poston, Lashley will enjoy everything that comes with being a winner on the PGA Tour: a handsome check, fully exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2021, an invitation to the next three majors, and a trip to Hawaii (for the Sentry Tournament of Champions) in January.
Despite his margin of victory, Lashley wasn’t the only player to make fans take notice this week in Detroit. 2017 U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman finished in solo second (-19) and with three rounds of 67 and a 68, showed the kind of consistent high caliber of play that could see him become a contender on tour for years to come. Rory Sabbatini and Wes Roach crossed the finish line one stroke behind Redman to claim a share of third.
Other players who had notable weeks and look to be trending in the right direction include the young Chilean Joaquin Niemann who finished T5 at -17 along with Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Ted Potter Jr., Brian Stuard, and Cameron Tringale; and newly minted pro Viktor Hovland who finished T13 at -15 after closing with the low round round of the day (64), showing that he could be a threat to win on tour sooner rather than later.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to another new venue, TPC Twin Cities for the 3M Open. Players in the field there include Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Jason Day, and Hideki Matsuyama.
Nate Lashley What’s in the Bag
Driver: Ping G410 LST 10.5° (Fujikura Ventus 6X)
Hybrid: Ping G410 LST 20.5° (Fujikura Ventus 8X)
Putter: Ping Scottsdale Wolverine C
Ball: Titleist Pro V1X