Three LOCALiQ Series players, including Bryson Nimmer, earn PGA Tour starts
The LOCALiQ Tour concluded on Friday with a Series Championship held at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. When the dust had settled, three (...)
The LOCALiQ Tour concluded on Friday with a Series Championship held at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. When the dust had settled, three men stood above the rest having earned PGA Tour starts for 2021.
Former Clemson All-American Bryson Nimmer told Golfweek last month that he will do whatever it takes to break into the PGA Tour, and his commanding season helped him secure a berth in next year’s RBC Canadian Open. Nimmer, 24, burst out of the gate with two wins and a playoff appearance in his first four starts, establishing a dominant lead on the LOCALiQ points list.
Although the Mackenzie Tour veteran did not have his best stuff in Duluth, finishing T-53, it didn’t matter in the end. Mathematically speaking, he had claimed the points title before the Series Championship even teed off.
“It means a lot. The quality of guys out on this Tour is really, really strong, so anytime you can be at the top of something like that, you have played really well,” said Nimmer, who finished with just over 1,426 points. “It’s just been an awesome year. It’s been really cool to experience this and have the opportunity to play. Going forward it’s going to give me a lot of confidence.”
Nimmer’s Mackenzie Tour rival David Pastore claimed the LOCALiQ Series Championship, defeating Trace Crowe by a single shot. Crowe’s opportunity to force a playoff evaporated when he missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole. With the win, Pastore rose into second place on the points list with 1,072.150 points and earned his spot in the 2021 Barbasol Championship.
Pastore has been a model of consistency on the LOCALiQ Tour. He scored in the 60s in 18 of his 25 rounds, missing only one cut along the way. The 28-year old has one Mackenzie Tour win to go along with his breakthrough at TPC Sugarloaf.
“It was funny that I would shoot 3- or 4-under every day whether the course was easy or hard, so it would be like where other players’ scores would go up and down but mine just stayed the same,” Pastore told the media. “It’s funny how I did the best on courses that where I shot the same scores as I did on the easier courses.”
Carson Young, 26, had been second on the points list but was overtaken by Pastore in Duluth, where he finished T-8. The South Carolinian finished third with just over 845 points and also punched a ticket to the PGA Tour. Young will start at the Puerto Rican Open next February, an event that his fellow Clemson Tiger Nimmer has played twice.