UT Men’s Golf Head Coach Jamie Broce was a putt away from winning the 47th PGA Professional National Championship Wednesday, but instead ended up falling in a sudden-death playoff to Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, Calif.After both golfers registered pars on the first playoff hole, Block birdied the second hole to win the title at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
With the second-place showing, Broce has earned a spot in this year’s PGA Championship Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Broce entered the final round with a three-shot advantage over Block and didn’t lose his lead until bogeying the 18th hole. He finished the tourney at two-under par 286 (68-72-71-75), while Block carded an even-par 72 today after posting rounds of 73, 69 and 72 the previous three days.
Broce has guided UT to second-place showings at the MAC Championship in each of his first two seasons at the Rocket helm.