Former BYU golfer Mike Reid famously became the first PGA Tour player to reach $1 million in career earnings without having won a tournament.
Daniel Summerhays, another ex-Cougar, has topped $1 million in each of three consecutive seasons, also without winning.
Summerhays’ financial success illustrates both the growth of PGA Tour purses in the Tiger Woods era and his consistency. He almost won Sunday, tying for second place in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, finishing one stroke behind Steven Bowditch.
The 30-year-old Summerhays, a Davis High School product, would have qualified for the Masters and earned other career benefits by winning the tournament, so coming close again was somewhat disappointing. Yet his check for $545,600 lifted his 2013-14 earnings — remember, the season started in October, in the new format — to more than $1 million and clinched his eligibility for 2014-15.
And he’s positioning himself for another playoff run, ranking 29th in the FedEx Cup standings. Last summer, he qualified for three playoff events, before failing to make the 30-player field for The Tour Championship.
Summerhays followed that performance with a solid start to the 2013-14 season, and it has carried over into the current calendar year. In 14 events, he has made 11 cuts, with two top-10 finishes and five top-25s.
PGA Tour status is a year-to-year issue for non-winners, but Summerhays is becoming well established. He’s the first Utah high school graduate to have an extended tour career since Dixie’s Jay Don Blake, who played regularly from 1987-2003 and is now a Champions Tour fixture at age 55.
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