Professional poker player shoots 60(!) at Korn Ferry Tour Q School
We've been reminded time and time again that the talent in professional golf goes well beyond the names you see every week on a PGA Tour leader board. But on Wednesday we saw an example of this from someone whose primary job isn't even being a professional golfer.
Introducing Dustin Denzik, a professional poker player whose World Series of Poker player bio lists him as a "scratch golfer, prop bettor." Dustin has never won a WSOP bracelet, but now he can say he's done something that will impress everyone at his next final table.
In a pre-qualifier for Korn Ferry Tour Q School, Denzik fired a 10-under-par 60. Yep, a 60. The former golfer at Morehead State University leads by three shots after the first round at Lake Caroline GC in Madison, Miss.
Denzik's amazing round was first noticed by Firepit Collective's Ryan French, AKA Monday Q Info, who shared this tweet with Dustin's photo from his WSOP page:
Hoodie. Sunglasses. Expressionless face. Yep, it checks out. He's definitely a poker player.
But he's also a great golfer as evident by what he did on Wednesday. And last month when he finished T-3 at the Kentucky Open to earn a check for $2,350.
Still, a 60 is whole other level. And it puts Denzik in great position to make it to the next level of Q School with the top 32 and ties after three rounds advancing to the First Stage, which begins next month. Second Stage is in October and those advancing to Final Stage is in November are guaranteed some form of Korn Ferry Tour status.
Denzik has a long way to go before then (we'll call this the pre-flop), but he's off to a nice start. And if he keeps playing his, um, cards right, he might be playing a lot less poker next year.