Two former University of Kentucky players who graduated this spring will make their PGA Tour debuts in the Barbasol Championship this week at Keene Trace Golf Club.
“You kind of get treated like royalty around here,” said Musselman, who also starred at St. Xavier and is the reigning Kentucky Open champion.
Added McDaniel, who played in high school at Clay County, “There’s a lot of free food, so that’s good. But, yeah, it’s really cool.”
The pair acknowledged that there’s a difference between a PGA Tour event and a collegiate tournament.
“Like (Brian Craig, the UK) coach said, more getting used to all the off-the-golf-course stuff,” McDaniel said.
Musselman described the run-up to a college event in simple turns. “We just try to learn the course,” he said, “and really just go find a good place to eat.”
McDaniel, who won the Kentucky Amateur in 2013 and 2017, suggested Musselman can be a contender this weekend. He said Musselman is steady from tee to green.
“If he gets some putts rolling, you’ll see his name on the top of the leaderboard, for sure,” McDaniel said.