PGA Pro’s Math Mistake Leads To Playoff Victory

There’s a reason most people in golf — Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, excluded — don’t double as substitute math teachers. 

Matt Borchert, a teaching pro at the prestigious Isleworth Golf & Country Club near Orlando, thought he had fired a 3-under par 69 on the second 18 of the fourth leg of the PGA Tournament Series to put him at 7-under par for the 36-hole event, one shot back of Powell, Ohio’s Bob Sowards.

However, Sowards corrected a would-be scoring mistake Borchert made, alerting him that he had shot a 4-under par 68 to tie Sowards at 8-under par for the two rounds. Naturally, on the first playoff hole, Borchert rolled in a 20-foot birdie bomb to take home the trophy.

“It was too long of a day on the golf course,” Borchert said following the tournament. “I was trying to figure out where I stood on 18. I thought we both played great. Bob was solid. I was just lucky to sneak a few more putts in.”

“I played great today; (Borchert) just wouldn’t go away,” Sowards said. “(He’s the) best putter I think I’ve ever seen. I can’t really ask for much more. I know how hard the golf course was playing. I was happy to shoot 4-under.”

The course conditions at PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla. were windy and cool, leading to Borchert and Sowards posting the only rounds in the 60s all day. The win was Borchert’s first of the PGA Tournament Series, a six-event run of 36-hole tournaments in which PGA Professionals from around the country compete on the acclaimed Wanamaker, Dye and Ryder courses at PGA Golf Club.

Borchert played professionally for six years before getting into a club pro job. 

“I was always the guy (that people would say), ‘Man you’re playing solid,’” Borchert said. “It’s always nice to win something.”