Young guns, move over, because we have a veteran in Hawaii that defines all parts of the word. Dave Eichelberger, a four-time PGA Tour winner, qualified for this week's Sony Open, and has a chance to become the oldest player ever to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
How did he get there? By shooting his age, a 67, at the Aloha Section Stroke Play Championship back in September. The announcement was made in early September that the winner of the event would get a spot on the Sony, and Eichelberger is pleased to be back on the PGA Tour.
He told Ann Miller of the Honolulu Star Advertiser that the one thing he needs in order to shoot some good rounds is to keep it on the short grass, because he doesn't have the power he once had to get the ball out of the deep rough that they'll see at Waialae Country Club.
"My goal is to try and drive it in the fairway," Eichelberger says. "If I drive it in the fairway I have a chance to shoot par or under. If I'm not driving it in the fairway you won't be seeing me making any cuts.
"I don't have the power to get out there far enough and blow a wedge out of 2-inch rough up onto the green. If I drive it in the rough I'll be chomping it out with a 9-iron 50 yards short of the green. ... My goal is to drive it in the fairway."
You probably recognize Eichelberger's name from past performances. He has the second most starts on tour ever, behind Miller Barber, and won the 1999 U.S. Senior Open at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
If he does make the cut, his age (67 years, 4 months, 10 days) will be older than Sam Snead was when he made a PGA Tour cut at 67 years, 2 months, 21 days.
Still, he has a long way to go to beat Jerry Barber's record as oldest to ever tee it up in a PGA Tour event. Barber was 78 when that happened.