Hot Off Oak Hill, Block Gets the Call to Play in Two PGA Tour Events
Instead of returning to Southern California, the Block party is headed to Texas after PGA Professional Michael Block was invited to play in the PGA TOUR’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Block made headlines all week at the PGA Championship with his celebrity status increasing day-by-day at Oak Hill, aided by a stunning performance. The 46-year-old turned heads when he submitted a 1-over-par scorecard that included a 16th-hole ace on Sunday during the final round. He played alongside Rory McIlroy, who promptly gave Block a high-five after he dunked the hole-in-one directly into the cup.
The video of Block receiving this week’s invitation was posted on social media when Colonial Tournament Director Michael Tothe happily delivered the news to an emotional Block over the phone.
In a light-hearted moment, Block, who works as the Head Golf Professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., tells Tothe he needs to request the week off from his job but Block’s boss, who was in the room with him, gladly obliges.
An hour later, the RBC Canadian Open followed by inviting Block to join its field June 8-11 at Oakdale Golf & Country Club in Toronto.
Block was brought to tears in his post-round CBS interview after reflecting on a once-in-a-lifetime moment, just as he was again when he received the news from Tothe.
“I’m living a dream,” Block said. “I’m making sure that I enjoy this moment. I’ve learned that after my 46 years of life, it’s not gonna get better than this. There’s no way.”
Block earned Low Club Professional honors and joined Brooks Koepka on the 18th green Sunday evening. It was a Club Professional’s best finish at the PGA Championship in 33 years.
The Charles Schwab Challenge will begin on Thursday. Sam Burns won last year’s event after defeating new No. 1 Scottie Scheffler on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.