Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Whatever Happened to ... Ty Tryon?

What happened to him on Monday is that he failed to qualify for this week's Permian Basin Open on the Nationwide Tour. Which explains why you'll find this feature about Tryon in the Midland newspaper.

(Quick aside: With Michelle Wie turning pro, there are a lot of people talking about Ty Tryon these days. Some of them are even suggesting that Wie might turn into another Tryon (a flameout, in other words). Well, anyone who thinks Michelle Wie has "Ty Tryon" written all over is ... how shall I put this? ... out of their freakin' mind.)

Part of the Midland newspaper's article about Tryon focuses on the round he played in Monday qualifying (a 72). The other part is about Tryon's travails, turning pro at 17, failing to make an impact on the PGA Tour, now relegated to mini-tours and stabs at Monday qualifying.

You remember Tryon, right? He was the kid who burst on the scene four years ago by becoming the youngest player since 1957 to make the 36-hole cut at a professional tournament. You know, the one who in 2001 became the youngest player to ever earn a PGA Tour card.

Four years later, Tryon has fallen off the map. He no longer has his tour card and has been relegated to playing on mini tours to prepare himself for the next tour qualifying school.
But maybe it's too soon to give on Tryon. He's only 20 years old, after all. And Sean O'Hair is proof that a teen prodigy can disappear into the wilderness and re-emerge later as a force on the PGA Tour. Ty hasn't given up on Ty.

As strange as it may seem, Tryon says he isn't far away from being the player that he clearly has the ability to be.

"I'm not far off at all," he said. "I'm more confident than I've ever been, and I know I'm a better player now than I've ever been.

"I'm going back to (tour-qualifying) school and I think I'm right there."


Read the rest of the article here.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Quick aside: With Michelle Wie turning pro, there are a lot of people talking about Ty Tryon these days. Some of them are even suggesting that Wie might turn into another Tryon (a flameout, in other words). Well, anyone who thinks Michelle Wie has "Ty Tryon" written all over is ... how shall I put this? ... out of their freakin' mind.

    I guess that Michelle Wie just might have Ty Tryon written all over her after all. Sad really. Nice to see 12 year-olds out playing Wie.

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