Players to watch in 2022: Ben Griffin, # 9
Five months ago, Ben Griffin retired from professional golf, taking a desk job in the mortgage industry, when he decided he wasn’t done yet. Now, five months later, he’s won a few mini-tours and is heading to the Korn Ferry Tour after completing the first, second and final stages of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying tournament.
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The 25-year-old immediately won his exit from college at the 2018 Mackenzie Tour Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel and finished in the top 10 of the Order of Merit to achieve Korn Ferry Tour status. in 2019.
He lost his status in 2020, however, after making two cuts in eight starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. He played the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and mini-tours in 2020, struggling with a combination of financial stress and burnout. He therefore decided to take early retirement.
But after nearly six months at a desk job away from the game, the former University of North Carolina All-American has rediscovered not only his love of the game, but his confidence as well. Both showed up to the final tournament. After opening with rounds of 71-74 to break out of the all-important top 40 and number of ties, Griffin rebounded with a sizzling third round of 64 and closed with a 71 to finish T29 and secure starts guaranteed by two. shots.