Brandon Hagy’s technically not a PGA Tour rookie, with eight starts made in 2015, but in his first full year as a Tour member, the 26-year-old fared pretty well.
Hagy made two-thirds of his cuts this season and was in the mix last month at the RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for fifth.
If this week’s event were at Bethpage or Liberty National, I may be scared of Hagy’s lack of course knowledge. Glen Oaks is new to everyone in its debut on the PGA Tour, leveling out the playing field in that sense.
Hagy can absolutely drill the ball (ranked No. 3 on TOUR in driving distance) and shouldn’t be penalized as harshly as usual (No. 186 in fairway accuracy) on Glen Oaks’ sprawling fairways.
Just three years ago, Hagy was crowned the Byron Nelson Award winner upon completion at the University of California-Berkeley.
Once an elite amateur, Hagy’s trajectory points to him becoming a Tour winner someday. He could speed up that process with a big week in New York.