PUNTA CANA – Competing in his second-ever PGA event, former Clay County Tiger/Kentucky Wildcat Tyler “Chip” McDaniel finished tied for 5thin the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. With the finish, McDaniel brought home earnings of $114,000 out of a $3 million-dollar purse. “Days like Sunday are why athletes choose to play professionally,” said McDaniel. “There’s nothing like the feeling of being in contention and seeing fans excited for you, especially when you weren’t expected to be there.”

McDaniel used a winning mindset, while also requiring help from his Caddy and former UK teammate Evan Cox in the event. “I missed a birdie putt on hole-14 and I wasn’t happy,” he said. “Fortunately, I was able to regain focus and play the last 4 holes well like I had all week. It didn’t even hit me how low I was going until the 15th green, and for a short moment all the noise of “top 10 gets you into next week” was rattling through my head. I have give props to my caddy, Evan Cox, for keeping me in the moment and freeing my mind to be able to hit the big shots down the stretch to close the round the right way.”

When asked, McDaniel ranked this second on his all-time list of personal accolades. “It probably ranks #2 in my mind,” he said. “Winning the KY-AM in 2017 will be hard to beat man. It ended an almost 2-year drought. I had almost forgotten what it was like to win again, and ever since then I’ve kept improving. I’m not sure I could’ve kept the pedal down like I did Sunday without feeling that again.”

All in all, McDaniel says he just enjoys the ride and still has fun playing golf. “My biggest take away from this experience is just how fun it is man,” he says. “That’s the difference between the PGA and the mini tours, playing great just feels that much more rewarding.” 

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