Golfer downs three beers before Rocket Mortgage Classic Monday qualifier playoff, then advances to his first PGA Tour event

Golfer downs three beers before Rocket Mortgage Classic Monday qualifier playoff, then advances to his first PGA Tour event

One of the better follows on golf social media is Monday Q Info, powered by Ryan French. In his latest hunt for great content, he brings us Nick Bienz, who survived a playoff in the Monday qualifier for the 2024 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Bienz was one of five golfers to post a 7-under 65 at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan, but there were only four spots available, so off to a 5-for-4 playoff they went. It was Bienz gunning it out alongside Danny Guise, Angelo Giantsopoulos, Brandon Berry and Beau Breault.

But before the playoff started, Bienz, in attempt to calm his nerves, pounded three cold ones.

The eight-hole playoff finally ended when Breault was odd man out, coming up short against two birdies on the final hole.

As for Bienz, he has never played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. Now he’ll be one of 156 golfers in the field at Detroit Golf Club on Thursday morning. He’ll find out his grouping Tuesday afternoon.

Pro golfer Bo Van Pelt even made a plea to Bienz’s employer, Golf Galaxy.

“I have to call my boss and call off work tomorrow for sure,” Bienz told French after his round. “I’m supposed to be there at 7:30 in the morning [Tuesday] and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Among those who came up short in the Monday qualifier were Robert Garrigus, Ryan Palmer and Michael Gligic.

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