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Episode #127

Danny Summerhays

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PGA Golfer Shares An Incredible Story Of Being On The Top, Burning Out, & Getting His Love For The Game Back


Guest Bio:

Summerhays was born in Farmington, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University for three years where he was a first-team All-American as a Junior. He won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2000 and 2001 while he was still in high school. He became the first amateur to win a Nationwide Tour event on July 15, 2007. After winning the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational he immediately turned professional and joined the Nationwide Tour.   Summerhays would have made $108,000 by winning the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational but he did not get any prize money because he was an amateur when he entered the tournament. He decided to forgo his senior year at BYU to turn pro. His victory earned him exempt status on tour through the 2008 season.


Summerhays began playing on the Nationwide Tour full-time two weeks after winning the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. In 2007, he played in 12 events and made 10 cuts while recording a top ten finish and four top 25 finishes. His best performances came at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open where he finished in a tie for second. 


In February 2015, at the Mayakoba Golf Classic he finished in a tie for fifth and two weeks later, he finished in a tie for seventh at the Puerto Rico Open. He recorded his best PGA Tour finish to date in June at the Memorial Tournament, finishing in a tie for fourth. 


In 2016, Summerhays earned an entry into the U.S. Open by being the fourth alternate, after going through sectional qualifying, he would finish the tournament T-8 to earn an exemption into the 2017 U.S. Open. Later in the year, at the PGA Championship, Summerhays finished in solo 3rd after birdieing six out of his last 10 holes in the final round. His finish earned him an invitation into the 2017 Masters Tournament and the 2017 PGA Championship.



Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:23)

  • A career in golf and finding success (2:03)

  • Getting burned out and dealing with trials (3:35)

  • The cost of success (9:13)

  • Getting started in golf and winning big tournaments (22:24)

  • Getting into the PGA Tour (26:24)

  • Favorite moment during the success of his career (37:37)




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