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Bermuda Championship

The groupchat with friends of Monday qualifier contending on the PGA Tour is as electric as you'd expect

October 30, 2021

Michael Cohen

Imagine watching your friend contend for his first PGA Tour title? A group of alums from the Miami University (Ohio) got to experience that as they watched their buddy, Patrick Flavin, make some serious noise on the weekend at this week's Bermuda Championship.

Flavin, who played golf for the RedHawks, is a story that is rightfully getting attention this week, as he has gone from Monday qualifying into the Bermuda field to tieing for the lead on Saturday in just his second PGA Tour start. You might consider this a Cindarella, longshot story of sorts ... but don't tell that to this group of Flavin's friends.

This group of friends—including teammates from college and other athlete friends from Miami (Ohio)—decided to pool their money together and bet on Flavin any time he tees it up on the PGA Tour. Apparently there is $100,000 as a possible payout if Flavin wins ... so there was rightfully a lot of private jet talk and just absolute elation as they watched their buddy grab the lead. (Flavin had odds of about 200-1 before the week.) 

Props to Ryan French (@acaseofthegolf1 on Twitter) for first discovering this groupchat, which was riding as high as any groupcaht on Saturday. Here are a few of the most safe-for-work screenshots we were sent.

If you needed a little rooting interest for Sunday at the Bermuda Championship, where Flavin will start a handful of shots back but still with a chance, now you have it. Flavin did not advance in the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-school just a couple weeks ago, but here he is contending on the PGA Tour.

"Kid is an absolute stud and a great guy," one of his teammates in the groupchat told Golf Digest. "When he eventually wins, it will be a private jet to Vegas on Sunday night. Love him to death."