There aren't a lot of guys that would be smiling after opening with a 78 at the Wells Fargo Championship, basically cementing a missed cut on the PGA Tour, but most people aren't Bryan Bigley.
The 26-year-old golfer that played college at Siena and has been working maintenance down the street from Quail Hollow got through Monday qualifying this week after a two-hole playoff which he birdied each hole, and found himself in the field with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh.
Bigley told the Associated Press that even an ugly first round couldn't dash his hopes of playing golf when he isn't working, and that most professional golfers never even sniff the inside of PGA Tour ropes, which couldn't be more true.
"There are a lot of guys who play the mini-tours for years who never get a chance to get inside the ropes in a PGA Tour event, let alone an event like this one at a course like this," Bigley said.
Bigley is a perfect example of what makes the PGA Tour so beautiful. Have a good day on the links in a qualifier, with the right amount of game, and you could be playing alongside Jim Furyk and Stewart Cink before you know it.
It's also the second straight week that we've had a Monday qualifying success story. Sure, Bigley would need an incredibly strong second round to make the cut at the Wells Fargo, but for a guy that has missed a couple of Mondays by three shots, it's nice to see a random sneak into an elite event like this one as he chases that dream we've all had.
Think of another sport that would allow someone like Bryan to play at the top level; there isn't one. Golf is the sport that can make average joes the next Roy McAvoy before you know it. It's what keeps us all up at night thinking about the next think we can tweak on our swing that will take us to the top.
(photo courtesy of Siena University)