Patrick Welch Goes Low in Final Round of PGA Tour Debut

What a day on the PGA Tour it was for Patrick Welch and all of Rhode Island Golf. 

Welch lit up TPC Summerlin on Sunday afternoon, firing a final round 65 on the final day of his PGA Tour debut. 

At the time of this publishing, Welch sits in a tie for 21st overall, but was inside the top 15 when he putted out on 18. 

Patrick Welch PHOTO: Oklahoma Athletics

Welch played the tournament as an amateur, so he can’t receive any money from it. However, with just one semester left of his college career at Oklahoma, this showing certainly puts him on the map. 

The Classical grad currently sits 11th on the PGA Tour University rankings. 

Scoring HERE

Round 4 Breakdown 

Starting the day in the middle of the pack, Welch opened the final round with two pars on the first and second holes. 

His first birdie of the day came on the third hole when he stuck his second shot to nine inches and tapped in the putt to get to one-under.

On the fourth hole, Welch stuck his second shot to four feet, and made another birdie to really begin his climb up the leaderboard. 

After a par on the fifth hole, Welch got back on the birdie train on the sixth hole, knocking in a six footer to move to three-under on the round. 

The former Classical star closed the front nine with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole, hitting his second shot to the fringe and chipping up to a couple of feet before tapping in. 

The back side got off to a tricky start. 

Welch hit a great drive into the fairway on 11, but put his second shot in the greenside bunker. He would end up bogeying 11 tot drop a shot. 

It would be his first and only bogey of the round. 

After a par on 12, Welch birdied the par-5 13th hole after knocking his third shot to within a foot for an easy birdie. 

The run continued on the par-3 14th hole when Welch hit his tee shot to nine feet and made the putt. 

Welch’s final birdie of the day came on the reachable par-4 15th hole, after Welch knocked his second shot to four feet and made the putt. 

An opportunity would slip by on the par-5 16th hole when Welch missed a two foot birdie putt that would have gotten him to 14-under par. 

However, he also had clutch par saves on 17 and 18 to finish off the 65. 

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