Following his second-round 71, Daniel Summerhays reflects on his play with Bob Stevens from SiriusXM PGATOUR Radio.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Daniel Summerhays has a soft spot in his heart for this area.
After all, his professional career started in Columbus in 2007 -- a few hours after he won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.
He didn't get the first-place check of $126,000 because he was still an amateur when the final putt dropped. But Summerhays, who only had three classes remaining, quickly decided to forgo his senior season at BYU -- "It was a no-brainer," he said -- and take advantage of the exemption on the Nationwide Tour through the end of the 2008 season.
"So I love this town," said Summerhays, who is now in his second season on the PGA TOUR.
The 29-year-old from Utah is creating more good vibes this week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He's 4 under through 36 holes on another Nicklaus' design at venerable Muirfield Village and is one shot off the lead at the midway point of the legend's event.
After he finished his 71 on Friday, Summerhays was reminded of the fact that the insurance giant is involved as a sponsor of both events. Might he be angling for a deal?
"I'll take any sponsorship I can get," Summerhays said. "My favorite, when I won in Columbus was 'the life comes at you fast,' that tag line they used to have, and it did. I had just been married for a year and a half. I won the tournament, we got pregnant, everything like that. So life came at me really fast that way."
Summerhays, whose uncle Bruce was a mainstay on the Champions Tour, now has three sons -- all under the age of 4. The youngest was born two weeks ago.
"All boys, so we've got our hands full," Summerhays said. "But they're my crown jewel in my life, they really are. I kind of get choked up when I talk about them. ... They're the light of my life, and it's all worth it.'
Once William gets a little older, Summerhays and his wife Emily will pile their brood back into the motor home that's been in storage for the last few months and once again travel the PGA TOUR. He thrives on the pandemonium that having three youngsters can sometimes bring.
"They energize me," Summerhays said. "I've got an amazing wife, too, and Emily does everything. She's a great caretaker to the boys, and she's so supportive of me. I feel really blessed in my life to have this profession and at the same time be able to have my family with me as much as I do."