Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
Chris Moody tees off on the third day of the 78th Provo Open at East Bay Golf Course in Provo, Saturday, June 10, 2017. Moody is one of 20 club pros who qualified to play in this year’s PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
PROVO — Standing in the clubhouse at Riverside Country Club last week, you only had to mention to Chris Moody something about his trip to play in the season’s last major, the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow (in Charlotte, North Carolina), then watch as Moody’s face radiated like a stage spotlight, his eyes twinkling as if plugged into a wall socket.
“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” he said. “I’m so excited. I’m so thrilled to play.”
The PGA Championship will feature the top players in the world including British Open champion Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Play begins Thursday at the Tom Fazio-designed course.
Moody, the assistant head pro at Riverside Country Club in Provo, is one of 20 club professionals who qualified to play in the PGA Championship when he tied for ninth place at the Club Professional Championship in Sunriver, Oregon, back in June.
When the PGA kicks off Thursday, Moody will join a pair of Utah PGA Tour veterans, Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays, in the field chasing the Wanamaker Trophy and a chunk of the $10.5 million purse.
Simply put, this is the biggest moment of his golf life.
Moody tees off at 12:35 p.m. (MDT), with Luke List and Jamie Lovemark, the final group going off the front nine.
Moody, an established top competitor annually in the Utah Section of the PGA, won the Provo Open at East Bay Golf Course in June and has a reputation as a quiet, confident gentlemen who posts low scores.