PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WCEP) The COVID-19 outbreak is certainly interrupting the lives and careers of many student-athletes in our area. It's doing the same for some professional athletes as well, inlcuding our area's representative on the PGA Tour, Chase Seiffert.
Chase Seiffert grabs the solo lead after a birdie on the sixth hole (PGA TOUR).
As you may know, the Mosley and Florida State alum qualified for his 2020 Tour card through his play on the Korn-Ferry Tour in 2019.
Chase played in 13 Tour events from late September through March First, making the cut in all but three of them, earning some 235 grand!
He was off the week of the Players Championship when the Tour canceled that event, and then others!
"I was kind of shocked really." Chase told me when we sat down to talk shortly after the Tour canceled some tournaments. "I was getting ready to go down to Tampa and play in the Valspar. Was prepping hard for that. And then get an email in the morning that they had canceled the Punta Cana (in the Dominican Republic) event, which was two weeks away. Still kind of planning on Tampa, and then later that afternoon they canceled the Players, everything pretty much through the Masters. No a little bit of shock and...kind of giving me another offseason really."
The PGA Tour has in fact postponed or canceled all events through and including the PGA Championship which was set for mid-May.
So an unexpected and extended layoff, Chase must now work on finding the right mix of work on the range and the course!
"It's all about intensity. So you can go out there and play and practice, but if the intensity is up and you're really preparing hard for an event, you can't sustain that over like a month or so. So I've kind of taken a few days off since the announcement and I've actually started playing, practicing a little bit. But it's mostly just light. Kind of fun stuff, playing with friends, not super focused. Just trying to have a good time and hit some shots and do it that way."
Chase 148th in FEDEXCUP points, he needs to improve that once the Tour resumes, as the top 125 are guaranteed their Tour cards for 2021.
"True, you know I was excited to play. You know I'm in a kind of in a spot where I need to have some good weeks and to lock up my card for next year. So this is going to probably take away three or four of my tournament opportunities to lock up my card. But that's ok, it gives me a month to get back in the gym and train hard and kind of work on some things in my swing. And really come out in a good spot at the end."
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