Three years ago, Brandon Matthews suffered the worst crisis of his golfing life. He made just one cut in his last 18 starts of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season, finishing well outside the top 100 on the points list and bringing an uncertain fate. For the first time since he was a child, he wondered if professional golf was a viable career option.
But the Scranton, Pennsylvania native – a self-proclaimed “golf freak” – never wanted to do anything else in terms of work, and his love for the game carried him all the way. He returned to his hometown and dug it into the dirt with instructor Dale Gray; the left side of the shot tee at Scranton CC “was a divot”.
Matthews returned to the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, on which he earned the 2020-21 Order of Merit to gain full Korn Ferry Tour status. The momentum continued throughout the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour regular season; a runner-up finish at the Panama Championship in February was followed by victory at the following week’s Astara Golf Championship presented by Mastercard in Bogota, putting him on course to secure a spot in The 25.
With a final round 67 at this week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD SYNNEX, Matthews passed the 875-point safety threshold to earn his first PGA TOUR card for the 2022-23 season.
The Temple alum and avid fan of the Dave Matthews Band, one of the longest hitters in professional golf, will put his skills to the test on golf’s biggest stage next season.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Matthews said after punctuating his #TOURBound moment with a birdie on the 72nd hole Sunday in upstate South Carolina. “Obviously it’s been my life’s dream since I was little. It’s amazing that I’m in the moment that it’s true now.
After crossing the threshold to get his first TOWER card, Matthews is happy but not satisfied. He will travel to Boston to compete in the US Open next week at the Country Club – where he reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 US Amateur – then return to the Korn Ferry Tour in a bid to improve his place on The 25 as much as possible. possible.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Matthews said. “Everyone knows that the No. 1 spot means a lot. Hopefully we can continue to move in the right direction… I think I’ve found a little something in the last few weeks. If we can continue on this path, I think we will have a good chance for this 1st place.
This file will be updated in the coming days with a more in-depth look at Matthews’ journey to the PGA TOUR.