Rob Labritz, PGA director of golf at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, is playing in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship this week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Labritz, 43, is best known for holeing out from 95 yards in a playoff at the 2013 National Championship from 95 yards to earn the final spot in the 2013 PGA Championship, according to PGA.com. But just four weeks ago on May 27, he was undergoing thyroid surgery after being afflicted with Graves Disease.
Since the surgery, Labritz said he has to take a pill every morning that he will take for the rest of his life.
At the PGA Professional National Championship on Monday, Danny Balin and Bob Gaus moved on quickly with birdies on the first playoff hole, leaving Rob Labritz, Jason Schmuhl, Chris Black and Corey Prugh to play for the final spot.
According to the PGA's website, Labritz "looked to be out of the mix after drawing an awful lie with his tee shot in a fairway bunker on the 457-yard, par-4 11th hole -- the second hole of the playoff. Forced to punch out while the others played onto the green, Labritz proceeded to miraculously hole out for birdie from 95 yards with a 53-degree gap wedge."
According to the PGA profesisonals page: "Rob has been teaching golf since 1991 and comes from a strong playing background. GlenArbor Golf Club is a year round 18 hole facility with a winter teaching facility (two heated bays) that allows year round training with ball flight. Trackman and V1 video analysis is utilized as well. GlenArbor is also proud of it's 5 acre short game facility. Rob has competed in 4 Major Championships as well as on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Australasian Tour, and the Canadian Tour. Rob works with PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Canadian Tour, PGA Professionals, collegiate players and beginners."
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