Jake Knapp Went From Nightclub Bouncer To Shotgunning Beers After His First PGA Tour Win In Only 2 Years’ Time

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PGA Tour rookie Jake Knapp and his long, languid swing only needed nine starts at the highest level of golf before breaking through with some winning hardware. It took a gritty even-par round of 71 to get it done on Sunday, as Knapp only managed to find two fairways in his final round.

In the end, the 29-year-old did enough to hang on for a 19-under par total score, and a two-stroke victory over Sami Valimaki at the Mexico Open.

When your swing compares favorably to Fred Couples, you’re probably doing something right on the course.

However, Knapp proved on Sunday that even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he still has that X-factor where he can grind and eke out a good-enough score to get the job done.

But here’s the even bigger kicker. Did you know that, in pursuit of his dream to play professional golf, Knapp worked as a nightclub bouncer as recently as two years ago just to make ends meet? True story.

In his first time with a real chance to win a PGA Tour event, all Knapp did was show off literal historic levels of competitive resilience. I’m sure that was a product of the winding odyssey Knapp took to arrive at this watershed moment.

Talk about your life changing overnight, but obviously, Knapp was not an overnight success. That’s where the real beauty lies in his story, which as far as the PGA Tour is concerned, is only getting started. What a coming-out party, though It blows my mind time and again to hear how some of these guys break through the ranks and get their Tour card.

Here’s another part about Knapp’s win that you’ll really dig. Ready? What better way to celebrate the momentous occasion than to shotgun a beer, surrounded by your best friends?

Jake Knapp clearly knows how to party. Here’s to that.

As if he wasn’t root-for-able enough, in an interview Knapp did earlier in the week, he got emotional while discussing the tattoo of his late grandfather’s initials.

Shout out to my ex-colleague Dan Rapaport for this succinct summation of what else makes Knapp such an interesting player to follow.

As for what’s next for Knapp, well, there are at least some statistical similarities to himself and a certain reigning U.S. Open champion.

That bodes well. You might think it’s a stretch, but if you’re inclined to scoff and dismiss these numerical parallels, you must not know Justin Ray. Long story short, best not doubt him!

It’ll be dope to see Jake Knapp at Augusta National for The Masters in April. Will he keep this momentum going and become the breakout first-year star on Tour? Given the game he’s flexed thus far, I wouldn’t put it past him. There’s a world in which Knapp Time is a far more frequent occurrence throughout the rest of the season.

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