Before they turned pro: Talor Gooch
21 Nov 2021
by Pete Wlodkowski of

see also: Talor Gooch Rankings

Golfweek photo
Golfweek photo

PGA Tour RSM Classic winner Talor Gooch never cracked the top-100 in the amateur rankings. But he was a consistent performer both at Oklahoma State -- where his team reached the final match in 2014 NCAA Championship before falling to Alabama -- and on the summer amateur circuit.

While playing for The OSU Cowboys, Gooch enjoyed the trappings of big-time college golf. like a private jet and a world-class golf course, Karsten Creek. But Gooch, a former member of, comes from much humbler beginnings.

Back in 2012, Gooch competed in the U.S. Publinx, an event no longer held by the USGA. He described the course he grew up on, -- John Conrad Regional Golf Course in his hometown of Midwest City, Okla. -- as “your typical muni.”

“My course is a perfect example of what a Publinks player should be like. The biggest slope on the greens is like this right here,” he said, pointing at a perfectly-flat cart path. “The greens are about that quick right there,” he said as he looked toward the fairway-length turf on the driving range.

We can tell by the reaction to his win by fans like Max Homa that Gooch has stayed true to those roots. And he can now call himself a PGA Tour winner, and enjoy all of the benefits that come along with that title.

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