For the second PGA Tour event in a row, Brownstown native Chris Baker made the cut after some impressive laps last weekend.
Before this weekend, Baker last took part in the US Open and finished 26th. Last weekend, Baker competed again on all four days of the classic at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
He started well last Thursday, shooting two under for the day. Baker shot birdies on holes two, three, fifteen, and seventeen.
He followed up on Friday with another -2 for the day, bringing it to -4 for the entire classic, which was good enough to make the cut and keep playing. Baker had birdies on holes seven, fourteen, and seventeen on Friday.
Saturday was Baker’s best lap of the weekend. He hasn’t shot a bogey in all day, and he made birdies on holes one, ten, eleven, and sixteen. Baker shot a -4 on Saturday to bring him to -8 for the entire classic.
Baker fought well for the top ten and went into the fourth and final round on Sunday. Unfortunately for former Brownstown Brave and Iowa State Cyclone, Baker made his worst lap of the weekend.
Despite making five birdies on Sunday, Baker had seven bogeys that finished him +2 for the day and -6 for the tournament.
Bakers -6 put him in 58th place with Jonas Blixt, Kramer Hickok, Matthew Wolff, Josh Teater, Vincent Whaley, Matthew NeSmith, Davis Thompson and Si Woo Kim.
From -8 to -6 on Sunday alone, Baker lost 33 places in the overall standings.
Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic with a -18 after beating Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann in a playoff.
After the classic ended, Baker posted on Facebook: “Have fun with @detroitgolfclub and @rocketclassic! Thanks for the great event! Not how I wanted my week to end today, but there are many positive things!
The John Deere Classic takes place July 8-11 at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.
Tee times for Baker and the rest of the field will be announced later this week.