Austin Hurt shot 81 (this is not a misprint) in the first round of the 2009 Washington Men’s Amateur while suffering an eye allergy that sent him to the hospital after the round. The championship that year was held at his home course of Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. But he then shot 69 in the second round to make the cut. And although he shot another 69 in the third round, he still began the final round a mountainous nine strokes behind the leader. In that final round, Hurt shot a course record 7-under 65 to win the title by a shot.
Now the PGA head professional at Wing Point Golf and Country Club on Bainbridge Island, Wash., this summer Hurt qualified to play in the PGA Championship, his first major on the PGA Tour. In this podcast, Hurt reminisces about his 2009 victory and his experience of playing a practice round this summer with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Read the full transcript from Austin Hurt’s Pod for the Course interview.