The major you may have never heard of: The Seminole Pro-Member tees off Monday
26 Feb 2023
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com
see also: Seminole Pro-Member, Seminole Golf Club
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It's one of the most exclusive pro-member tournaments in golf, one Davis Love III called the first major of the year.
The Seminole Pro-Member tees off on Monday at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., and once again it’s loaded with top Tour pros, power brokers, CEOs and celebrities. In fact, more stars will be playing in the Seminole Pro-Member than you'll find in several PGA Tour events.
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One of the most sought-after invitations for Tour players, this year's tee sheet features 12 of the top-20 players in the world, including Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauflee, Max Homa, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Cameron Young, Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry and Billy Horschel.
Major champions Adam Scott, Danny Willett, Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley will also be at Seminole, along with Chris Kirk, who is coming off a win Sunday at the Honda Classic.
However, don't look for any players who signed with LIV Golf. They're not invited, a decision that was made by Jimmy Dunne, the president of Seminole.
Some of the more recognizable non-pro golfers in the Seminole Pro-Member field include Gerry McIlroy, Rory’s dad, who is teaming up with his son, Shane Lowry and Ed Herlihy, a partner at Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz who also serves as the chairman of the PGA Tour's Board of Director; NFL legend Tom Brady is playing with Rahm, Finau and businessman, author and philanthropist, David Novak; and Dunne, who will be playing with Max Homa, Danny Willett and Craig Johnson, Vice Chairman at JMP Group and minority owner of the Golden State Warriors.
Mark Flaherty, an executive at Goldman Sachs, won the Pro-Member last year with Cantlay.
Consistently ranked among the United States’ top courses, Seminole Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened for play on January 1, 1930. Ben Hogan frequently visited the club to prepare for the Masters, saying, “It’s the only course I could be perfectly happy playing every single day. If you can play well at Seminole, you can play well anywhere.”
Claude Harmon Sr., who was the club’s winter professional from 1945-’57, owns the course record, a 60 that he shot in 1947—a year before winning the Masters. David Ford, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, came close to matching Harmon's record in the first round of the Jackson T. Stephens Cup
held at the esteemed club in October, when he ran off eight consecutive birdies en route to a 10-under 62.
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ABOUT THE Seminole Pro-Member
The most competitive and exclusive member-pro in
golf attracts many of the top professional players in
the game to Seminole Golf Club. The event happens
every year on Monday during the annual PGA Tour
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