Hometown Pro Michael Block 'Living The Dream' at Bellerive

Even more popular than Block this week at the PGA Championship, is his son Dylan.

August 09, 2018 - 2:38 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - The 100th PGA Championship began in stifling summer heat, as club pro Michael Block hit the opening tee shot down the middle at Bellerive Country Club. The graduate of nearby Parkway Central High School was among 20 club pros who qualified for this major.

Block is the first club pro in six years to qualify for the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

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He described his feelings, walking up to the first tee box on Thursday morning: 

"I got to be honest with you, I was playing on 3 wood all week long. I've only been hitting 3 woods there, and I told my caddie before I got up there, I don't know if I can even make contact with my 3 wood right now. I want the biggest head possible. So I went with my driver and pumped it down the middle, which felt really good."

Block finished five shots over on the day and 10 strokes back of the early leader in the clubhouse, Rickie Fowler at five under par. However he promised our Tom Ackerman a five-under round on Friday. 

Block earned his way into the field for the 100th PGA Championship by making national headlines. Block, who grew up in St. Louis, thought he had lost his ball on the par-4 15th hole at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California, a qualifying tournament played in mid-June. Then his son, Dylan, noticed a hole at the bottom of a tree and on a hunch, laid on the ground and reached into the hole. Then he pulled out his dad's ball.

"100-percent, I would not be here playing today if it weren't for Dylan," Block said back in June after his son saved him.

During his practice rounds at Bellerive, Block says his son was doing more interviews that he was. He said top-10 world ranked golfer Jason Day jokingly asked Dylan if he wanted to carry his bag this weekend.

The course is playing long and soft because of rain Tuesday and temperatures in the 90s that require PGA officials to keep water on the greens.

The PGA Championship moves to the middle of May next year.