Up until last week Nate Lashley had played 13 times this season on the PGA Tour and after a top 30 finish at the US Open he knew he was playing great. If he could just earn another spot in a big event something big could happen.

But then the Nebraska native failed to Monday qualify for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and was relegated to fourth and last the alternate list.

As luck would have it for him David Berganio pulled out granting him a spot in the field.  Five days later the 36 year old is a PGA Tour winner, a millionaire has a three year playing exemption and will compete in The Open at Royal Portrush and the 2020 Masters.  But that doesn't even begin to tell Nate Lashley's story.

Fifteen years before Lashley stood over the coffins of his Mother Father and girlfriend after all three died in a plane crash en route home after watching him play a college event. “It was just shock,” Lashley said of the tragedy. “Shock and disbelief. It was a really tough time, especially that week with the funerals and the memorial service. I was just kind of out of it.”

Golf became a way for Lashley to deal with his loss.  But for several years the talent he knew he had just didn't emerge on the course. So much so that up until a few years ago he found himself working an estate agent selling property to supplement his income.

Alas Lashley rededicated himself to golf and won three times on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour in 2016 and progressed to playing 18 PGA Tour events last year and 13 this season.

And then along came Detroit.  Rounds of 63 on Thursday and Saturday made Sunday a walk in the park for Lashley. He would eventually win by six clear shots from Doc Redman.

“I couldn’t be more happy right now,” Lashley said in the understatement of the year!

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