It came with an uneventful two over 73 at the end, but it was all that was needed for Harrison Endycott to lock away his Card for the 2022/23 PGA Tour Season.
The 55th place finish in the final event of the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season, the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Nebraska, probably wasn’t really what was on his mind for the Avondale member, but the fulfilment of his lifelong dream of making the big show – and in front of his father, Brian, certainly was.
Endycott said this year had been a challenge, and his graduation to the tour was the culmination of five hard years of toil.
“It’s been a hard year, man. It’s been brutal.
“it’s been a been a real torrid five-year journey. I packed up everything to come over here, it’s so hard,” Australia’s newest PGA Tour member said after his final round today.
“You’ve got to commit yourself fully. You’ve got to be prepared to give up everything in Australia. Make yourself a new home, and start from the bottom, and that’s how it is.
“when you go through the Latin tour, you’re making no money and can’t pay bills to losing your tour card. Like you got no idea how much you think of the worst, but you just keep rolling up and you keep throwing the punches.”
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With the 21st of the 25 cards to the PGA tour next year locked away, Endycott was ready to celebrate, however, he was well aware of what he needed to do to consolidate his place on the PGA Tour.
“My next plan is to work harder than I’ve ever worked before. I’m going to be competing against the best players in the world.
“I’ve got to step up a level; become a better putter, a better chipper of the ball, drive the ball better, and I’ve got to I’ve got to be better person with it off the golf course.”
“I know I need to be a better player than what I am right now, and now’s the time to work harder.”
With Covid rapidly disappearing into the rear-view mirror, Endycott added one of his priorities would be to do a lot more work with his coaches, Mark and Ben Paterson, whom he had barely had any face-to-face contact with for almost three years.
“I did some really good, quality work with them when I was home in November (last year), but it was almost two and a half years since I had seen them.
“You know the best players in the world have their coaches on the road every week, I went over two years without one.”
Graduation to the PGA Tour caps a remarkable journey for the 26-year-old who lost his mother to Ovarian cancer in his teens and followed a storied amateur career that saw several victories, including the Porter Cup in the US and being part of the winning Eisenhower Cup team in 2016.
A winner this year at the Huntsville Championship in Alabama in late April, Endycott said there was plans for a celebration tonight, especially with his dad, Brian, onsite.
“This achievement means so much, you know, and it’s because of the support from my coaches, my team, my sponsors, my dad and my girlfriend Brandi.
“It was quite a moment for Dad, I was thinking of Mum, too along the way.
“When I holed that final putt today, it felt pretty special.”