Cody Blick overcomes stolen clubs, closes Final Stage in 9-under to secure Web.com Tour starts
The 25-year-old was forced to play with a random set of clubs after his were stolen ahead of the final round in Arizona
December 09, 2018
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
Cody Blick overcomes stolen clubs to secure Web.com Tour starts
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Cody Blick was prepared to offer a whole lot more than that with a cryptic post on Instagram early Sunday morning.
Blick, who finished 12th on the 2018 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada money list, went through one of the worst possible scenarios for an aspiring TOUR pro, the night before the final round of Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament – his clubs were stolen.
He took to Instagram to offer a $5,000 cash reward – no questions asked – if someone could return his golf clubs or if someone had insights as to where they were.
Blick teed off at 10:39 a.m. with a cobbled-together set of clubs that included the Whirlwind GC course superintendent’s driver, wedges borrowed from the pro shop, a “random” set of irons, and a putter that was way heavier than he usually uses.
But golf, as is usually the case, is the most unpredictable of sports.
Blick shot 9-under-par 63 on Sunday – his lowest round of the week – to move up 49 spots on the leaderboard to T25.
His top-40 finish means he’ll have eight guaranteed starts on the Web.com Tour in 2019, and for someone who has knocked on the door the last few years, this was quite the ending for what was a roller coaster of a day.
Blick woke up Sunday morning knowing he had to shoot a low round – he said he had 8-under in his head – and began making eggs in the Airbnb he was staying in. His coach’s fiancée came into the kitchen to ask Blick where his clubs were, since the garage door was open and his clubs were gone.
“Five minutes after I realized my clubs were gone, it was a panic,” Blick said. “But 30 minutes after, we had to figure something out and get this going.
“It was a great morning. We were just all in the kitchen, making breakfast and having coffee and chatting. There were seven of us all there, but my clubs … they just weren’t there.”
Blick took to Instagram not long after he realized his clubs were gone (“Made breakfast … didn’t eat it,” Blick said with a laugh) and could do nothing but head to the golf course.
Once there, he got on the phone with Titleist, who helped out immensely. An area rep helped to procure a driver and 3-wood head, along with the putter. They were able to craft a set that was at least usable.
Blick’s warm-up Sunday consisted of hitting a few wedge shots and a few shots with his own 2- and 3-irons (clubs he wasn’t using this week since the golf course didn’t set up for him to need them), before the full makeshift set (stand-bag and everything) was presented to him.
Ironically enough, his driver head cracked Saturday prior to his round, so Sunday wasn’t his first equipment snafu of the week.
“It was this whole deal,” said Blick, who had to call in a rules official before his round began. “It was a week I was getting punched in the gut. But it was fine; we just rolled with it.”
Blick said he tried to stay patient all day, and using the random set of clubs actually freed him up. He wasn’t as bothered by poor shots, as he knew the clubs weren’t perfect for him. He was 4-under through nine holes and made five birdies (and no bogeys) on his back nine, including three in a row to close out his round.
“I got off to a pretty decent start. I was proud of how I stayed patient all day,” he said. “I just stuck with it. I didn’t do anything different, just stuck with it. Swing at the target and hopefully the clubs were close enough to match the swing.”
Blick admitted the wedges were “a little weird” given their inconsistent shafts, and the putter “took some getting used to” but all in all, it was a heck of a day for the San Jose State alum.
“There was so much hard work that finally paid off,” he said.
Wade Binfield, who played with Blick on Sunday, told PGA TOUR Digital that Blick didn’t even hit any of the irons on the driving range that he eventually used on the course. Binfield described Blick’s round as an “incredible display.”
Blick’s best finish over three Mackenzie Tour seasons has been a T2, and he finished inside the top-15 on the money list in 2017 and 2018. He said playing in Canada taught him how to play professional golf and he’s forever grateful for his time there. But, he said, he’s anxious to get off to a good start on the Web.com Tour in 2019 and make a run at earning a PGA TOUR card.
And although there were many reasons for Blick to celebrate on Sunday evening, the fact remains: his clubs are gone.
He’s heartbroken over them all, but mostly over his putter – a Scotty Cameron he’s had for nearly nine years.
“That one hurts. It’s like your dog dying,” Blick told PGA TOUR Digital. “It’s a part of you that’s gone. That putter had the original grip from my sophomore year of high school.”
Blick’s story spread throughout the golf world Sunday, and he said he got off the golf course to more than 250 text messages and innumerable direct messages on his Instagram account – most from random people sending him notes of encouragement.
It wasn’t the way Blick wanted to start his final round of Q-School, but he certainly didn’t mind the way it finished.
“This is the weirdest week of my life, hands down,” Blick said. “But a great week. It was awesome.”