by Jeff Skinner
In a PGA Tour season that continues to amaze us each week the FedEx St. Jude Classic was no different. Another Sunday means another playoff for the PGA Tour and another story than defies logic. A lifelong journeyman, Harrison Frazier found the right formula to outlast Robert Karlsson in a playoff for his first career win in his 355th attempt.
It is especially sweet for Frazar because he was on the verge of quitting the game as a player and looking for another career inside the game. He was one of the few players that spoke openly of his inability to win and of his desire to move on. With thoughts of working for the PGA Tour in his head, Frazar said he was prepared to hang it up but after this win he’ll get to stay on tour for the next two years and see if this was all he needed to breakthrough for a few more wins. On the verge of turning 40 he spoke of the how unprepared he was for the victory and how maybe getting ready to throw in the towel allowed him to relax and finally win.
“It was a whirlwind there. This was the first time,” Frazar said. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to keep the seersucker jacket. I don’t know if I’m supposed to carry the trophy. You don’t know who you’re supposed to talk to. I felt bad. I didn’t thank the sponsors. I didn’t thank FedEx. I didn’t thank the volunteers. I was not quite sure really what was happening right then.
“The only tournament that I won in Q-school, you walked in, signed your card in the scoring trailer, and they gave you a pat on the back, ‘Good job.’ You walked out the door. There was nobody there.”
“It just shows you how sometimes when you let your guard down or let your expectations soften, you can free yourself up,”
He talks about the impact of this win, “I would be remiss if I were to say that this isn’t going to change my life. I heard David Toms say that at Colonial. David is a good, close friend. You know, whether or not he wins a golf tournament, yeah, it’s probably not going to change his life. This probably is going to change my life. It’s not going to change me, it’s not going to change my wife or my kids, but it’s probably going to change my life and the fact that I’ll be 40 in July.”
Oh yea, you bet it’s going to change his life.