Petrovic having a career year just like his beloved Red Sox
He currently ranks 10th on the Charles Schwab Cup standings
September 05, 2018
By Bret Lasky, PGATOUR.COM
- September 05, 2018
- Petrovic has three second place finishes this year.
“He just crushed that ball, he looked like a right-handed Prince Fielder.”
Tim Petrovic, No. 10 on the current Charles Schwab Cup standings, is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. He’s been going to games since he was five so how could you blame him for momentarily interrupting our interview on an off week to heap praise on his beloved baseball team.
Just like the Red Sox, Petrovic is on pace to break all of his personal records. He’s surpassed a million dollars in on-course earnings for the first time since 2011 on the PGA TOUR and has a chance to make this the richest season of his golf career. He has four top 10 finishes compared to just one in his first 20 PGA TOUR Champions starts. It's really his best season since 2009 when totaled six top 10s on the PGA TOUR.
And he’s done it all as the golfer and the club repairman.
Petrovic has all the tools in his garage at home in Austin, Texas; a belt sander, a loft lie machine and a weight and swing frequency monitor.
In April, less than a month before the Senior PGA Championship, he went into his garage and literally crafted a new set of clubs. He had Miura irons that he really fell in love with and he pulled the shaft and heads out and re-shafted the entire set.
Then, he went and finished second at one of the biggest events of the year. He followed the major success with two straight T14 finishes and then finished second at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
He remembers walking into the media center after the first couple rounds of the PGA Championship and some of the reporters - who likely expected Bernhard Langer or Scott McCarron to be near the lead - asking him if he was surprised to be in contention.
“Honestly, I wasn’t,” said Petrovic by phone. “I was just playing my game.”
At the U.S. Senior Open, he found Curtis Strange before the final round and asked him for advice.
“He just said ‘you know what to do’,” explained Petrovic. “I was expecting some words of wisdom.”
While he didn’t collect his breakthrough win, Petrovic indeed knows exactly what to do.
He’s been playing competitive golf since his sophomore year of high school. Baseball was his first love because his father was a high school baseball coach for 30 years.
“I’ve been playing pretty solid all year, especially well at the majors, which is great. I fell a little short at the U.S. Open, but winning isn’t really something I talk about.”
Petrovic’s season truly started in late 2017 when he went back to TOUR school to try to improve his status for the upcoming year. He finished 63rd on the Charles Schwab Cup standings in 2017. He only got into 14 events in 2017 and played just six in 2016.
He tied for fourth to earn one of five available full-status spots for the 2018 season.
“I was more nervous at final round of TOUR school than I was at the PGA or the U.S. Open, it determines your whole next year,” said Petrovic. “That gave me momentum into the season.”
It sure did. He finished tied for second at the Chubb Classic in mid-February.
Petrovic is the only player in the top 10 without a win, but his goals are much bigger. He has eyes on the Charles Schwab Cup trophy.
“Sky is the limit,” said Petrovic. “I’m in a good position to win the Charles Schwab Cup so I have to put my foot on the gas pedal.”
They’re saying the same thing at Fenway Park.