16-Year-Old Blades Brown Qualifies for PGA Tour in First Attempt

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‣ Another week on the PGA Tour sees a 16-year-old amateur, Blades Brown, making the cut in his Tour debut at the Myrtle Beach Classic, highlighting the emerging trend of young talents making significant impacts.

‣ Blades Brown, ranked No. 4 in the AJGA rankings, managed to make the cut by two shots after firing a second-round 67, showcasing his potential and determination by overcoming the pressure of his first PGA Tour event.

‣ Despite a challenging start and a bogey on the 18th, Brown was inspired by his caddie’s advice, leading to a strong finish with four birdies in the last nine holes, demonstrating resilience and the ability to perform under pressure.

Oh boy, here we go again. Another week, another teenage sensation shaking up the PGA Tour. Just last week, Kris Kim was all the rage. He smashed records left and right, becoming the fifth-youngest player to survive the weekend at a Tour event. That was at The CJ Cup Byron Nelson, in case you missed it.

Now, we’ve got Blades Brown stepping into the spotlight. This 16-year-old American just shot a second-round 67 at the Myrtle Beach Classic. Yep, on his Tour debut, no less. Brown’s currently sitting pretty at No. 4 in the AJGA rankings. He dazzled everyone with a stellar performance on the back nine at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Made the cut by two shots and is now T48. Not too shabby, huh?

“It feels amazing,” Brown gushed after his round. He was torn between making the cut and doing homework. Imagine that choice! “My mom was kinda using that to motivate me this morning,” he admitted. But after sinking a two-inch putt on nine, he was over the moon. “Yes! Now I can chill by the beach or whatever. I’m just so stoked.”

His goal? Simply to make the cut. And guess what? He nailed it. “I just go out and play, see how low I can go,” he said, brimming with confidence.

Thursday’s round was a solid even-par for Brown. But Friday demanded something special to make the cut. Starting on the back nine, he racked up six straight pars before snagging his first birdie on the 16th.

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For the second consecutive week, a 16-year-old has defied the odds on TOUR. @BladesBrown2026 is living the dream, making it to the weekend in his very first TOUR appearance at @MyrtleBeachCl! Mind-blowing, right?

However, not everything was smooth sailing. After a hiccup from the greenside bunker, Brown found himself back at square one. With just nine holes left, he needed a spark. Enter his caddie, Jack Bethmann, with some sage advice. “The tournament starts on the back nine Sunday,” he reminded Brown. For Brown, that moment felt like his Sunday back nine. “Okay, whatever happens, happens,” he resolved.

Fueled by determination, Brown bagged two birdies in the next three holes. Then, he pulled off a miraculous chip-in par on the par-5 fourth. The birdies kept coming, with two more on the sixth and seventh. He finished strong, securing his spot for the weekend.

Sitting nine shots behind the leader, Chris Gotterup, Brown has his work cut out for him. Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre is hot on Gotterup’s heels, just one shot back. And let’s not forget Spain’s Jorge Comaillo, lurking another shot behind.

So, what’s next for our young hero? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: the world of golf just got a whole lot more exciting.

Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell
Elliott Mitchell is a Golf Glance Senior Writer. After earning a degree in Sports Journalism, he joined the club in 2021. Elliott is in charge of Golf Glance's news, features, and travel sections, as well as the courses.

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