Michael Block tees off Thursday in the Charles Schwab Challenge — and five days out from his magical 15th-place finish at the PGA Championship, the spotlight’s still shining on the club pro.
The Fort Worth PGA Tour event offered Block a sponsor’s exemption after he capped his stunning performance with an ace during Sunday’s final round, securing a return to next year’s PGA Championship and earning $288,333.
Embracing the media attention at Oak Hill, Block hasn’t slowed down on the way to Texas.
The 46-year-old Southern California PGA Professional was a favorite of on-site reporters after Tuesday’s practice round and has appeared on popular programs like Barstool’s “Fore Play” golf podcast and “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Block’s group, which tees off at 2:38 p.m. ET, will be featured on ESPN+ Bonus Coverage and is sure to be heavily covered when Golf Channel joins the festivities at 4 p.m. He could be in for another payday this weekend if he makes the cut, as even last place pays out just over $18,000.
However, sportsbooks aren’t high on the golfer’s chances. Many have Block at around -350 to miss the cut and at +800 to for another top-20 finish.
Amid the whirlwind of publicity, Block has hired an agent and accepted an invite to play in next month’s RBC Canadian Open. Meanwhile, the 7-iron he used for his Sunday ace is still in his bag this week — despite an offer of $50,000 for the club.