Omar Uresti set to defend at PGA Professional Championship in Austin

At 52, Omar Uresti grew to become the 2nd-oldest PGA Qualified Championship winner final 12 months when he took the title at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Uresti was only at the rear of Corridor of Famer Sam Snead, who was 59 when he received in 1971, and the victory earned the Austin indigenous a location in the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island as nicely as 6 PGA Tour exemptions about the upcoming year and a place on the 2022 U.S. PGA Cup team.

But it also afforded the veteran of almost 400 PGA Tour starts off the likelihood to defend his title on dwelling turf at the 2022 PGA Qualified Championship becoming held April 17-20, at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa.

Uresti, who went to Crockett Large University and the College of Texas — the place he two times acquired All-American standing — is aspect of an elite group of numerous winners of the occasion that involves Larry Gilbert (1981, 1982, 1991), Mike Smaller (2005, 2009, 2010), Roger Watson (1974, 1975), Tim Thelen (2000, 2003) and Matt Dobyns (2012, 2015).

Omar Uresti

Omar Uresti reacts to his putt on the 16th hole throughout the closing spherical of the 54th PGA Skilled Championship at PGA Golf Club. (Picture: Montana Pritchard/PGA of The us | Palm Beach front Submit)

“It’s very great to sleep in my possess bed and get some assistance here locally. You are not able to place a selling price on that,” said Uresti.

Though you might assume Uresti to have a key advantage considering the fact that he life in town, he admitted he does not frequently engage in the two (of four) programs on the property that will be utilized for the occasion — the Coore Crenshaw course and Fazio Foothills.

“I have not played the two golfing classes as much as you’d consider,” claimed Uresti. “At the very least not not too long ago. I played them a ton when I was in university, when they ended up new, but that was a though back again. I went out (previous week), but the winds ended up up to 25 mph., so it was rough to get a superior feel.

A variety of earlier champions will make the trek to Austin with Alex Seaside (2019), Abundant Berberian Jr. (2016), Michael Block (2014), Dobyns, Scott Hebert (2008), Darrell Kestner (1996), Rod Rerry (2013), Ron Philo Jr. (2006), Jeff Roth (1993), Steve Schneiter (1995), Bill Schumaker (1984), Tiny, Bob Sowards (2004) and Ryan Vermeer (2018) all signing up for Uresti at the PGA Professionals’ signature celebration, which offers a complete purse of $675,000.

The Championship area will have a 36-hole reduce Monday to the low 90 scorers and ties, and a 54-gap slice Tuesday to the very low 70 scorers and ties. The small 20 scorers make a berth in the 2022 PGA Championship, which will be performed Could 16-22 at Southern Hills State Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.