After spending the night in a van, a docker shot 64 and qualified for this week's PGA Tour Champions event

After spending the night in a van, a docker shot 64 and qualified for this week’s PGA Tour Champions event

A hot-tempered Californian took consecutive bogey-free qualifiers from coast to coast in Tuesday’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open qualifier at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.

Tim Bogue, of Windsor in Sonoma County, made eight birdies on the Apalachin golf course in a round of 64, closing three times ahead of the next best in a field of competitors looking to take one of the last four spots in the actual tournament of $ 2.1 million .

Bogue — who has worked as a longshoreman since 1999, loading cargo on and off ships in Oakland — told that he slept in a van Monday night after making the long journey from California to Syracuse and then the last 90 minutes to Binghamton.

“Thank goodness the guy at (the rental desk) got me a van,” Bogue told the website. “As dock workers, we sleep a lot in our cars, so I have a lot of practice.”

When Bogue isn’t offloading cargo, he’s a California golf coach who also frequents the skins games near his home. Bogue has made it to the final stages of PGA Tour Champions Q-School three times, but has yet to hit the track full-time. His best result at Q-School was T56 in 2019.

Ricardo Gonzalez (67) and, from a seven-time playoff, Andrew Johnson and Michael Muehr (69) were also sure to start in Friday’s opening round at the En-Joie golf course.

Bogue was 1-under through six holes before birdied on six of his next seven. He birdied the par-5 18th and will launch his second PGA Tour Champions in as many weeks.

In last week’s Boeing Classic qualifier, he finished birdie-eagle to one of four 6-under 66s. He then shot 76-75-75 (T68) at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge outside Seattle, his first senior tour start since the 2018 US Senior Open (75-76 missed cut).

Gonzalez, from Argentina, was tied on the seventh tee and running 4-under from the 12th green. He made a bogey on the 14th, but made eagle-3 in the end.

His three senior tour appearances this season include a T20 in the Senior PGA Championship in late May. He shared seventh place in the 2021 Senior British Open.

Johnson (Maitland, Florida) tied the front and made three birdies from 12 in. Muehr (Bethesda, Maryland) cleared the playoff despite playing his last six holes in 1-over.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open champion came out of open qualifier twice: Doug Barron in 2019 and Willie Wood in 2012.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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