Redman proves he's ready for the next level
July 30, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Doc Redman's best Mackenzie Tour finish in four starts was a runner-up at the Bayview Place DCBank Open. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Doc Redman is no stranger to big stages, and since turning professional he’s proved he’s been able to fit right in – no matter where he plays.
Redman, a celebrated amateur and college star at Clemson University, debuted on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada at the Canada Life Open after finishing T-6 at his Q-School site.
But Redman, who won the 2017 U.S. Amateur and played the Masters the following year, was not long for the Mackenzie Tour, despite finishing T19-2-T40-T36 in his four tournaments in Canada and moving into the top-10 on the money list before the Tour took its first break of the year.
During that week off Redman went to Detroit to Monday Qualify for the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Championship, where he was the medalist. Fast forward six days and he was in the final group on Sunday.
He would eventually finish runner-up to winner Nate Lashley – who ran away with the title by six shots – but his second-place finish gave him Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the PGA TOUR season, and earned him a spot in The Open Championship, where he finished T-20.
“I knew what I needed to do … and that’s just play my game and be patient,” said Redman about that Sunday. “I was never worried about where I was going to finish I just wanted to play as well as I could.”
Now Redman has earned over $1 million in just five PGA TOUR starts (although he still sits 12th on the Mackenzie Tour money list) and is trying to earn a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs.
The 21-year-old sounds very much like a 21-year-old during a week off between The Open and this week’s Wyndham Championship (“I’m moving out of my apartment,” said Redman. “I’m doing that and hanging out.”), but he certainly can’t be blamed. It’s been a busy year since he turned professional and has already very much lived up to his potential out of school.
He admits it’s been more of a physical grind than a mental one this year. He’s been travelling a lot since the Mackenzie Tour season started and since he’s switched gears to the PGA TOUR, plus added a trip to The Open for good measure.
Redman said it’s been a challenge to be fresh on Thursday every week and keep his body going, and have the energy to play a four-round tournament.
He said missing the cut at the 3M Open was actually a bit of a blessing in disguise, since he allowed himself a weekend off to recover and relax. He’s learned a lot from his journeys so far, however.
Redman, who grew up playing a little basketball but began to take golf seriously in high school, said although his time on the Mackenzie Tour was short, it prepared him quickly for what was to come on the PGA TOUR.
“A lot of my friends are playing (on the Mackenzie Tour) right now out of college and it’s a great transition to pro golf. It can be pretty lonely and grueling and the short schedule is awesome. If you get on a roll you can keep it going,” said Redman. “It teaches you how to make birdies and it’s the first time you get to experience what a season of golf is.”
Redman admits the big adjustment for him from the five events on the Mackenzie Tour to his time on the PGA TOUR is learning to not force low scores to happen.
“On the PGA TOUR if you go and shoot 2-under, you’re okay. Shooting even isn’t ‘good,’ but it’s not the end of the world. On the Mackenzie Tour, with how short the season is and how similar it is to the (Korn Ferry Tour) … if you keep finishing 20th you might not get anywhere,” said Redman. “You need to get going towards the top. On the PGA TOUR, just building solid finishes, whether that’s a 25th or a 30th is pretty important as well.”
Redman credits the coaching he received at Clemson as one of the big reasons why he’s been able to keep a steady head through the last six weeks or so. He says he’s been able to handle the game and act professional on and off the course, taking a lot of lessons from the school’s sports psychologist, he said.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence to go out and be confident in myself at any level,” said Redman. “There was a lot of trust in me (at school) and that’s helped me a lot. They’ve always believed in me. It’s nice to have a good support system.”
Redman isn’t the only college star that has found success on the PGA TOUR this summer, either.
Matthew Wolff (3M Open) and Collin Morikawa (Barracuda Championship) have already won on TOUR to go along with Redman’s runner-up result at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and his T-20 finish at The Open.
The kids are doing all right, and Redman said it speaks volumes about the level of competition on the collegiate level.
“We play a lot of difficult courses in college … I’d say a lot of the time they’re more difficult than on the Korn Ferry Tour. The setups are hard and the weather (isn’t great) so you learn how to manage your game well, and that’s what the top guys do,” said Redman. “They go low but they know how to manage a golf course, and that’s what translates to the PGA TOUR the best.”
So despite just a brief stop on the Mackenzie Tour, Redman proved he was ready for the next level. He’s already proving he’s ready to take the next step on the PGA TOUR, too – and seems that it’s not ‘if’ he’ll join his fellow Class of 2019 stars in the TOUR winner’s circle, but ‘when.’