Blayne Barber has been a bit of a hit and run artist, so to speak, this year on the PGA TOUR. Last November, he lost in a five-way playoff at the RSM Classic, lasting three holes before Mackenzie Hughes took the title. After that? He missed his first four cuts of 2017, and it would take until May for him to score his next top-25 finish.
That, of course, was Barber’s debut at The PLAYERS Championship, a tournament he grew up with. While a younger Blayne spent countless hours watching heroes like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott on the range, the 27-year-old made his Sawgrass debut memorable. He bounced back from a Friday 76 to go 72-69 on the weekend, finishing tied for 16th.
He then missed four more cuts in a row. However, Barber continues to grow in his game, and is trending solidly upward at the end of this season. At 118th in the FedEx Cup standings, Barber is likely safe for the postseason, but he’ll need every bit of momentum he can put together if he wants to go past the Northern Trust.
Barber missed the cut at Sedgefield in his 2015 debut, but returned in 2016 to tie for 14th. Barber is just beginning to see what he can become in his PGA TOUR career, and he can continue to grow this week.