Zhang Xinjun was the first Chinese golfer to win the first leg of the PGA Tour’s three-event playoff series.
Zhang will enter from 70th place when the Northern Trust – the first event in the FedEx Cup final series. This TPC Boston event has a $ 9.5 million prize fund and triple the usual points.
In the 2019-2020 season, Zhang won 24 awards, three times in the top 10 final, receiving $ 1,232 million in prize money. Since the PGA Tour opened after the translation vacation on June 11, the 1987-born golfer attended eight of the 11 events. On this journey, Zhang did not pass six cuts, finished T10 at Memorial with many stars, and T12 at the 3M Open.
From the start of the season to the time he left the Wyndham Championship after 36 holes on August 14, Zhang averaged 294 yards – almost 2 yards below the PGA Tour average. He has an accuracy of nearly 60% and a standard green rate of 66.5%. With these specifications, Zhang played a total of 75 rounds, averaging 71 strokes / 18 holes, collecting 309 birdies and four eagles.
This week, Zhang needs to maintain at least his current position in order to qualify for the BMW Championship. After that, he must be in the top 30 to compete for the event of lowering the Tour Championship and highlight his name in the history of FedEx Cup, which was born in 2007.
But before winning the playoff spot, Zhang went through 16 years of ups and downs. Originally from poor Shanxi, his parents worked as a farmer. He soon got used to walking on a hill to go to school from a young age, and then helped with the family after school.
At the age of 17, Zhang left his hometown when he asked for his foot to guard a golf course in Xian. For a short while, he switched to the training ground service. From there, Zhang showed off his golf qualities through several tries, then determined to pursue a professional golf career, starting with carrying a bag of clubs.