It took 355 starts, but PGA Tour professional Harrison Frazar finally got his first career victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, beating Robert Karlsson on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
With 4 second-place finishes over the course of his 13-year career, he’s come close to a Tour win, but few expected Frazar to ever make it to the top of a Sunday afternoon leaderboard. He will turn 40 in July, had suffered a hip injury in 2001, a wrist injury in 2005 and was playing this year under a major medical exemption granted by PGA Tour officials after he quit last season early because of a second hip surgery. Last year, he earned a total of only $200,000 – peanuts for a PGA Tour pro.
The 2011 golf season wasn’t shaping up very well for Frazar, having missed the cut in 6 of the 10 events he entered.
The million dollar prize money that Frazar pockets from this particular event no doubt will have special meaning for him.
St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes.