After sleeping in a van overnight, a longshoreman shot 64 and qualified for this week’s PGA Tour Champions event

A hot-handed Californian claimed back-to-back bogey-free coast-to-coast wins in Tuesday’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open qualifier at The Links in Hiawatha Landing.

Tim Bogue of Windsor, Sonoma County birdied eight at Apalachin Golf Course in a round of 64 and closed three clear rounds among the best in a field of competitors looking to win one of the final four places in the $2.1 million tournament proper. .

Bogue – who has worked as a stevedore since 1999, loading cargo on and off ships in Oakland – told pgatour.com he slept in a van on Monday night after making the long drive from California to Syracuse and then driving the last 90 minutes in Binghamton.

“Thank goodness the guy (at the rental counter) gave me a van,” Bogue told the website. “As a stevedore, we sleep a lot in our cars, so I get a lot of practice.”

When Bogue isn’t unloading freight, he coaches golf in California and also frequents skins parties near his home. Bogue has reached the final stage of the Q-School of PGA Tour champions three times, but has yet to enter the tour full-time. His best result at Q-School was T56 in 2019.

Ricardo Gonzalez (67) and, coming off a seven-man series, Andrew Johnson and Michael Muehr (69), also got starts in Friday’s opening round at En-Joie Golf Course.

Bogue was 1 under over six holes before birdying on six of his next seven. He birdied the par-5 18th and will make his second PGA Tour champion start in as many weeks.

In last week’s Boeing Classic qualifying, he finished birdie-eagle for one of four 6-under 66s. He then shot 76-75-75 (T68) at the Snoqualmie Ridge Club outside Seattle, his first senior tour start since the 2018 US Senior Open (missed 75-76).

Gonzalez of Argentina was tied on the seventh tee and 4 under off the 12th green. He bogeyed on the 14th but made eagle-3 at the end.

His three Senior Tour appearances this season include a T20 in the Senior PGA Championship in late May. He shared seventh place at the 2021 Senior British Open.

Johnson (Maitland, Fla.) played the front face even and birdied three from 12. Muehr (Bethesda, Maryland) qualified for the playoffs despite going 1-over last six holes.

Twice the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open champion has come out of open qualifying: Doug Barron in 2019 and Willie Wood in 2012.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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