101st PGA Championship - Final Round
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The 2019 OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year will tee it up at TPC Harding Park

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 13, 2020) – Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska, the 2019 OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals in the 2020 PGA Championship, August 3-9, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Vermeer, a 42-year-old PGA Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, will be playing in his fourth consecutive PGA Championship after claiming the top spot on the PGA of America’s 2019 Professional Player of the Year Standings.

Vermeer collected 962.975 total points last year, while Marty Jertson of Phoenix, was runner-up with 816. Danny Balin of Irvington, New York, (800) finished third.

The 2020 PGA Professional Championship -- which had been scheduled for July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas -- was canceled on June 29 due to COVID-19. That meant the top 20 on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list were eligible for the 2020 PGA Championship. Among those expecting to play:

Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire, will participate in his fifth straight PGA Championship, the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Vermeer is second with four. Berberian (2016) and Vermeer (2018) are both past winners of the PGA Professional Championship.

PGA Life Member Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, California, is one of four PGA Club Professionals making his PGA Championship debut next month. He is the lone PGA Club Professional in the field from the state of California.

Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, will participate in his 11th career PGA Championship, first since 2018. Sowards’ 11 career PGA Championship starts are tied for second all-time among PGA Club Professionals (Steve Schneiter, 12).

Jeff Roth of Farmington, New Mexico, will be making his sixth career PGA Championship appearance, but his first in 16 years. The 62-year-old Roth’s initial PGA Championship came in 1988 at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, while his most recent start came in 2004 at Whistling Straits.

The Metropolitan PGA Section leads the way with four players in the field -- Balin, Alex Beach of Rye, New York; Jason Caron of Oyster Bay, New York; and Rob Labritz of Pound Ridge, New York -- who, combined, have played in 15 PGAs. The Michigan, New England and Southern Ohio PGA Sections are represented by two players apiece.

Vermeer, Jertson and Balin also are assured of spots in the 120th U.S. Open Championship, Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, New York. They were granted exemptions by the United States Golf Association (USGA) for finishing top-three in the 2019 Professional Player of the Year Standings.

The complete roster of PGA Club Professionals in the field for the 2020 PGA Championship:

Michael AutersonHickory Woods Golf CourseSouthern OhioNone
Danny BalinFresh Meadow Country ClubMetropolitan2010-13, '18-19
Alex BeacgWestchester Country ClubMetropolitan2017, '19
Rich Berberian Jr.Vesper Country ClubNew England2016-19
Justin BertschClub Pelican BaySouth Florida2019
Jason CaronMill River Club, Inc.Metropolitan2019
Ben CookYankee Springs Golf CourseMichigan2019
Judd GibbLakeside Municipal Golf CourseIowaNone
Jeff Hart(PGA of America Life Member)Southern CaliforniaNone
Marty JertsonPing Golf, IncSouthwest2011-12, '18-19
Zach J. JohnsonDavis Park Golf CourseUtah2018
Alex KnollGlen Brook Golf ClubPhiladelphiaNone
Rob LabritzGlenArbor Golf ClubMetropolitan2002-03, '10, '13, '16, '19
David MuttittLos Altos Golf CourseSun Country2013, '16, '17-18
John O'LearyTrump National Golf Club WashingtonMiddle Atlantic2019
Rod PerryCrane Lakes Golf & Country ClubNorth Florida2012-14, '16-17, '19
Jeff RothBOYNE Golf AcademyMichigan1988, '91, '94, '96, 2004
Bob SowardsKinsale Golf and Fitness ClubSouthern Ohio1997, 2001, '03-04, '11-15, '18
Ryan VermeerHappy Hollow ClubNebraska2017-19
Shawn WarrenFalmouth Country Club - MENew England2018

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