Here is a look at the four players who qualified for The Honda Classic. The qualifier was held at Banyan Cay Resort and Golf in West Palm Beach, Florida. The last spot was decided in a two-for-one-playoff.
Marcelo Rozo (63)
College: Lynn University
Turned pro: 2012
PGA TOUR starts: 3
Cuts Made: 2
Best PGA TOUR finish: T68 Puerto Rico Open 2021
PGA TOUR earnings: $15,778
Notes: While qualifying for Honda set new course record at Banyan Cay, despite double bogey on 15th hole … Dustin Johnson held the old record (64) … Has three career wins on PGA TOUR-Latinoamerica, with 95 career starts on that tour … currently 181st in Korn Ferry Tour points … Finished 47th in Korn Ferry Tour points and had three top-25s in 2019.
Erik Compton (65)
College: University of Georgia
Turned pro: 2001
PGA TOUR starts: 164
Cuts made: 91
Best PGA TOUR finish: T2 US Open 2014
PGA TOUR earnings: $3,991,840
Notes: Has had two heart transplants, the last was in 2008 … Got up and down on 72nd hole to finish T2 at 2014 U.S. Open … Has played 189 career Korn Ferry Tour events, including a win at Mexico Open in 2011 … Three career wins on Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada; in two of those wins current PGA TOUR member David Hearn was runner up … Multiple wins on mini tours including a U.S. based tour that held an event in Morocco.
Zach Zaback (65)
College: University of Connecticut
Turned pro: 2016
PGA TOUR starts: 3
PGA TOUR cuts made: 0
Best PGA TOUR finish: N/A
PGA TOUR earnings: $0
Notes: After losing in a 10-for-1 playoff for the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship last Tuesday, drove to a tournament on the Minor League Tour and shot a course record 61 to win the event … This week, after successfully qualifying, played at Drive Shack Monday night and won the event … Has made four of 13 cuts so far in the extended Korn Ferry Tour season and currently sits 215th in points … Has made 16 of 21 cuts on Mackenzie Tour in his career.
Stephen Stallings (66 via two for one playoff)
College: University of Kentucky
Turned Pro: 2018
PGA TOUR starts: 3
Cuts made: 2
Best PGA TOUR finish: T33 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
PGA TOUR earnings: $30,084
Notes: After shooting 66 in the morning wave he thought he was going to be one shot short so drove 40 minutes home. After the wind picked up he drove back in the late afternoon … Mickey DeMorat hit his opening tee shot out of bounds on the first playoff hole, allowing Stallings to get through … Has been a volunteer at the Make-a-Wish foundation for three years … Plays most of his mini-tour golf on the West Florida Tour … Was on the Academic All-SEC team at University of Kentucky all four years … Has played one career Korn Ferry Tour and one Mackenzie Tour event.
PGATOUR.COM talked with Marcelo Rozo, who Monday qualified for The Honda Classic.
PGATOUR.COM: You were in the Korn Ferry Tour event in Louisiana this week; why did you decide to play in the Monday qualifier for The Honda Classic?
Rozo: It’s always good to take a chance, I think. I live close to here so I decided I would try and have the Korn Ferry event as a backup. I get to stay at home and get to play for a little bit more money. So I took a chance and it paid off.
PGATOUR.COM: You had booked a flight to Louisiana at 5 p.m. I assume you were going to head there right from here?
Rozo: Yeah, I had all my bags packed this morning, my wife dropped me off at the course. I told her when she dropped me off I would hopefully see her for lunch. And I was able to. But yes, my plan was to just head directly from here to the airport. I was really hoping I didn’t have to use it and it turned out I didn’t. I get to sleep in my own bed this week, which is a huge advantage.
PGATOUR.COM: You were eight under through 10 holes today. Were you thinking about 59 or did you have to block that out?
Rozo: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it. I shot 29 on the front and then birdied one (his 10th). I had two par 5s left, so yeah I was thinking about it. I made one bad swing on whatever hole that was and it cost me two shots. I put it in the bunker there and got a part of the bunker where sand was wet. So after that double, 59 was out of the question .
PGATOUR.COM: After that double do you reset?
Rozo: I was watching an event the other day, I think it was Sergio’s caddy said to him after a bad hole. It was something like If someone would have told you that you would be 7 under at this point in the round you would have taken that. So I really thought a lot about that. If someone would have told me I would be seven under with two par 5s still to go I would have taken it immediately.
PGATOUR.COM: Did you know you broke the course record held by Dustin Johnson?
Rozo: I had no idea until right now
NOTABLE MISSES: Mickey DeMorat 66, MJ Daffue 67, Justin Suh 67, Ken Duke 69.
Banyan Cay Golf and Resort, 7,089 yards, 76.1 rating, 153 slope
2020-2021 SEASON MONDAY QUALIFIER STATS
Average Medalist score: 64.7
Average last qualifying spot score: 66.7
Total number of cuts made: 17 of 46 (37.0%)
Most recent results (Puerto Rico Open): Dalton Ward T53, Dylan Meyer T63, Donnie Trosper MC, Zach Smith MC
Money earned: $505,898
Best Finish: MJ Daffue T12, Sanderson Farms
NEXT MONDAY QUALIFIER
Valero Texas Open: Club at Comanche Trace, March 29th
NOTES FROM OTHER TOURS:
Three of seven Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR CANADA Q schools are finished with Camilo Aguado, Luis Gagne, and Keenan Huskey taking medalist honors at the three sites. Link to full results and schedule here.