A Deaf man, Kevin Hall, played in the PGA Tour Genesis Open tournament last weekend in Los Angeles and played two rounds, but did not make the cut to play the final two rounds. He got a 79 first round and a 72 second round (out of a 71 course par).
He played with the top golfers in the world — the champion of that tournament is current No. 1 Dustin Johnson. He got in the tournament via an annual exemption — the Charlie Sifford exemption — that is given to a minority player.
He used to be a golf star at Ohio State University — he won the 2004 Big Ten championship. He played in two PGA Tour events in 2005 then three in 2006, but has not been back in a PGA Tour tournament up to now. He has been playing on various mini-tours.
Huge honor for Kevin to play on the PGA Tour. He said in a press conference that it was a humbling experience for him. His father is his coach and also acted as an interpreter for him.
I’ve included a link below where you can look at his shots, a couple of videos of him playing, and his remarks at a press conference. You will need to scroll down to find “Kevin Hall.”
Here’s hoping he will continue to improve his game and get into another PGA Tour tournament!