After playing a few events in Europe that summer, my next step was the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School. I was exempt through [pre-qualifying], and I played really well at first stage. Then I got to second stage and I had a solid first round. I believe I shot 70 and I was around 20th or 25th. I was definitely playing good enough to make it through, but who knows what would have happened.
After the round I got in the scorer’s tent and did the typical stuff, check my scores and turn the card in. I asked the scorer, “Am I good to go?” and he was like, “Yeah, you are all set.” He even checked off the boxes, so I thought I had signed my card. After grabbing lunch I was headed back to the course for practice, but I got a call from the tournament director telling me that there was a problem. I forgot to sign my scorecard and I was just stunned.
Getting disqualified from Q-School was devastating. It definitely hurt, and I definitely cried a good bit. It felt like I had lost somebody. You work so hard to get there, and you know it’s one thing to not play well and not make it, but to be playing solid and forget to sign your card, that’s a tough way to go.
At the beginning of 2020 I earned conditional status on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and then COVID-19 came into the picture. The pandemic definitely hurts your career because you kind of lose a year, but I think it gave me time to reflect on what I needed to change and do. I went out and found a trainer, found a new coach too, Todd Anderson, who works at TPC Sawgrass, and we have been doing a ton of good work.