On Sept. 13, Dan Forsman handed in his application for PGA Tour Qualifying School later this year. At No. 117 on the money list and seemingly facing the twilight of his Tour career, Forsman was hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
Two days later, a PGA Tour official handed Forsman’s application back. After breaking a victory drought of more than a decade, Forsman won’t be needing it.
The 44-year-old eagled the 72nd hole – his only eagle of the tournament – for a one-stroke victory over Billy Andrade and Robert Allenby in the SEI Pennsylvania Classic Sept. 15, securing his first victory since 1992.
“I can’t tell you what winning on the PGA Tour means,” Forsman said.
Forsman opened with a 2-over 73 in Thursday’s first round, but was 16 under (68-64-65) the rest of the way. His $594,000 winner’s check – a sum that is more than Forsman won in 18 of his 19 seasons on Tour – pushed him to No. 49 in earnings and ended his thoughts of Q-School.
“I handed in the Tour school application (Friday) to a Tour official,” Forsman said. “He handed it back to me (Sunday) and said, ‘There you go.’ So it’s in my bag. That’s a huge bonus.”
Since winning the Buick Open in 1992, when he finished No. 10 on the money list, Forsman has been 88th or lower in earnings in seven of the last nine years. Forsman had needed a fourth-place finish at his final event of 2001 to keep his card.
“We all go through cycles in our life (where) we start to doubt and think, ‘Are the best days behind me?’ ” Forsman said.
When his 22-foot eagle putt dropped on the 18th hole, the doubts stopped.
“I felt if I could knock it on the green (in two), maybe something crazy could happen,” he said.
Forsman, who didn’t have a bogey over his last 35 holes, finished at 14-under-par 270. Andrade – who led after each of the first three rounds – and Allenby – the tournament’s defending champion who barely missed his own eagle putt at 18 – were at 13-under 271.
“I’m excited for him (Forsman) because I know it’s been a long time since he has won a golf tournament, and to suck it up with an eagle on the last hole like he did, that is storybook stuff,” said Andrade.
– Staff and wire reports