ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – David Muttitt nearly gave up competing on the professional level in golf. The Los Altos golf pro and former NMMI Bronco just didn’t feel like he was playing well enough.
“Didn’t feel like I could contend on that level anymore and I was ready to give it up,” said Muttitt. One week changed his life. Muttitt was considering a job in medical sales when he headed out to the PGA Professional Championship in April.
A total of 312 golf pros played in an attempt to qualify for only 20 spots in the upcoming PGA Championship. At the end of regulation, Muttitt found himself fighting for the 20th and final slot. He and six other players fought it out in a playoff.
“I was in disbelief really,” said Muttitt. “You know, seven people for one spot. Once it was over, it was like, I don’t have to play anymore holes. I’m in. It’s done.”
Muttitt will head out to New Jersey Saturday to get ready for the PGA Championship. It will be his second trip since 2013. The last time he qualified, Muttitt missed the cut and the money by two strokes.
“The last time I had absolutely no idea what to expect, from where to go to how to do it, what to do,” said Muttitt. “This time I feel a little bit better about it.”
Muttitt didn’t play very well in his last trip, but has been playing some of his best golf of late.
“I certainly have expectations of myself,” said Muttitt. “They are not expectations that I write down or tell anybody. If I go there and don’t do well, I am going to be very upset. I feel like I am in a perfect spot.”
The PGA Championship is July 28th through July 31st.