News & ToursAugust 15, 2015

Brian Gaffney living like a tour pro as first club professional to make cut at the PGA in four years

HAVEN, Wis. -- It's like being Mick Jagger for a week. For the 20 PGA club professionals who tee it up at the PGA Championship every year, the perks of tour-pro life are theirs.

The Mercedes-Benz courtesy cars. The lavish treatment in the locker room. Tee times alongside the best players in the world.

So when Brian Gaffney shook hands with tour pros David Hearn and Pat Perez on the 18th hole on Friday, it was Perez and Hearn headed home, as a week in the life of a rock star continued for Gaffney, the director of golf at A.W. Tillinghast's Quaker Ridge G.C. in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Gaffney, teeing it up in his fifth career major this week, made the cut safely by three shots. And as fellow New York area PGA member Rob Labritz put it earlier in the week, Gaffney'll be the lone club pro remaining getting the superstar treatment as a competitor.

Gaffney got frequent air time during the first two rounds, as the lone PGA pro to make the cut. He became the first pro since Illinois' Mike Small in 2011 to make the weekend.

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Gaffney's clearly enjoying himself. As he should be. Here are more of his inside-the-rope tweets.

Gaffney is clearly proud of his achievement, but said the competitor in him knows he left a bunch of shots out there. He'll have a chance to make them up on the weekend:

"Now that I'm here, gosh, I don't know, it's not the only goal, but it's something that validates the hard work that I've put in over the years," he said. "And I think somewhere deep down in there, it's going to feel great that I came through and did something that I've wanted to do for a long time.

"I don't know, hopefully my kids some day down the road will see some of these articles and be proud of me."

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