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‘It’s So Hard to Win’: Hours Away From Clinching $1.71 Million, PGA Tour Pro Makes An Honest Confession About the Competitiveness of the Tour

Published 05/14/2023, 6:33 AM EDT

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The ongoing AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour will come to an end today in McKinney, Texas. Even though many spectators are eager to see the upcoming PGA Championship, this event has undoubtedly generated a lot of media attention. In addition, a number of notable players were absent from the AT&T Byron Nelson because of the upcoming second major of the year. Fans, however, were able to see six of the top 30 golfers in action.

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The spotlight was focused on a number of players, including Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Tom Hoge, and the champion K.H. Lee. However, event has not played out as predicted. Unexpected events have occurred at the competition, and Dou Zecheng, Ryan Palmer and Austin Eckroat are currently leading the scoreboard. Since the three are now tied for first place, Palmer’s interview right before the final day begins grabs attention.

Ryan Palmer’s interview ahead of his fifth PGA Tour win


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As they pursue their first championship, Zecheng and Eckroat are at the top of the leaderboard for the first time in their PGA Tour careers. The 46-year-old, though, is aiming for his fifth victory after his fourth in 2019. The American professional golfer provided an interview regarding the Tour’s competition and toughness before the last day of play.

PGA Tour recently took to their Twitter handle and posted a video involving Palmer. The 46-year-old is talking in his pre-final day interview. The four-time PGA Tour winner gives his views on how hard it is to win on the Tour and reveals his views on all the experiences.


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While talking about the hardness of the league, Palmer said, “It’s hard to win, and I’ll tell you what, winning that first one, you never know if it will ever come. I don’t know if I’ll ever win again. It’s so hard to win. But I’ve loved my experiences I’ve had when I’ve been in this position. I’ve played well. I may not have won a handful of times when I finished second, but I’ve been there quite often and I’ve played well on Sunday, just haven’t gotten over that winner’s hump.”

Moreover, the American pro golfer talked about today’s final day. He added, “I’m excited. It’ll be fun getting to know those guys a little bit and show them what the old guy can do.”

While it is a first time for Zecheng and Eckroat, Palmer is not new to this situation. However, on the final day of AT&T Byron Nelson, he surely would use all his experience to register a win over the young guns.

Ryan Palmer’s career on the PGA Tour


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Palmer has been a regular on the PGA Tour since 2004. The 46-year-old turned professional in 2000 and played on various mini-tours before earning his PGA Tour card for the 2004 season. He had a successful rookie year, finishing 13th on the money list and winning the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Since then, Palmer has won three more times on the PGA Tour, including the Ginn sur Mer Classic in 2008, the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii and the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Moreover, Palmer has finished top-10 68 times. The four-time winner’s best finish in the Masters is 10th in 2011. Apart from this, the 46-year-old has also attained a career high world ranking of 23 in 2015. Apart from four wins on the PGA Tour, Palmer has also won once on the Korn Ferry Tour. He won the Clearwater Classic in 2003.


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Suhaib Bashir Dar

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Suhaib is a new addition to the EssentiallySports team as a golf writer. His passion for golf started with his admiration for Tiger Woods, and his favorite golf book is the co-authored Unprecedented: The Masters and Me by the legend himself. Before transitioning to golf, Suhaib wrote about the NBA, where he explored the legacies of basketball legends like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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