Deaf golfer Kevin Hall erases eight-shot deficit to win APGA Tour event at PGA Golf Club
With birdies on his final two holes, longtime APGA Tour standout Kevin Hall captured the APGA at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Tuesday.
Hall shot 8-under 64 in the final round to card a two-shot victory, his second win of the season. It’s his sixth APGA Tour victory and second time he has won twice in a season. The first time was in 2016, when he was named Player of the Year.
The 40-year-old from Cincinnati overcame complete hearing loss resulting from a childhood case of H-flu meningitis. He went on to become the first Black golfer to play on Ohio State’s golf team, even winning medalist honors at the 2004 Big Ten Championship.
Hall started the day eight strokes back and proceeded to go 4 under after five holes, highlighted by a 10-foot eagle putt on the 495-yard par-5 fifth.
“My mindset is always the same, but I’m more consistent now. My putter has awakened,” said Hall through his mother, Jackie Hall, following the round. “I knew I had to go get it, make as many birdies as I could. After the hot start, I told myself, ‘No stupid mistakes.'”
A four-way tie for second included Chase Johnson, Varun Chopra, Salvador Rocha Gomez and Andrew Fernandes, all finishing at 4 under.
The victory vaulted Hall to first place in the Lexus Cup Point Standings with 1,498 points after four regular-season events. He moved ahead of APGA star Marcus Byrd, who has a sponsor exemption at the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship starting Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
His 74-64—138 earned him the winner’s check of $7,500 from the purse of $25,000.
APGA at TPC Scottsdale May 7-9 in Arizona is the sixth event of the 2023 season with APGA at TPC Deere Run to follow May 28-30 in Silvis, Illinois.