Punahou grad set to tee off at PGA Championship

Parker McLachlin
Parker McLachlin

By Stephen Florino - bio | email

RENO, NV (KHNL) - The PGA's best are set to tee it up Thursday for golf's fourth and final major -- the PGA Championship.

One guy who's unexpectedly in the field -- Punahou grad Parker McLachlin.

And he's going to make the most of it.

This week would've been vacation time for Parker McLachlin, but instead he's going to work.

With his first career PGA tour victory last weekend, Parker qualified to play at this week's PGA Championship.

"I think it's gonna be quite a week," said McLachlin.  "And I think the atmosphere of the PGA Championship, the final major of the year, will carry me through to play 7-weeks in a row."

Parker actually wasn't going to play in Reno.

But his gut told him to, and it paid off.

The decision to play this week is a no-brainer.

"It's just awesome. I think anytime you get an opportunity to play in a major championship, you gotta take it. You can only stand to learn from experiencing what it takes to play good golf at a major," said McLachlin.

The 90th PGA Championship is at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, a course Parker is familiar with.

"I've played there before. It's one of the three toughest golf courses I think I've ever played, so it's gonna be quite the challenge."

But one thing he's definitely got going -- momentum.

"Even when I was dreaming about winning my first PGA tour event, it still doesn't compare to the feeling of it actually happening. What a rush. Can't wait to do it again."

Parker is set to tee off at 4:35 in the morning, Hawaii time, Thursday.

And 9:45 Hawaii time, on Friday.

Parker is such a late add, his name isn't even on the official tee time sheet.

Dean Wilson is also playing in the championship.