Heintz Finishes Runner-Up At PGA Tour Event
RENO, Nev. – Bob Heintz '92, a longtime journeyman on the PGA and Nationwide Golf Tours, finished second at the Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nev., on July 18.
Heintz, who now resides in Dunedin, Fla., lipped out a three-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, which would have forced a playoff. However, he was gracious in his second-place finish and pleased with his $324,000 in prize money.
"It's a really good check for me. I think it's my biggest check ever, and it's really exciting."
"I kind of played like the Bob of old where my survival instincts kicked in and my short game was just shy of brilliant all day. I holed out three times from off the green."
Heintz, who turned pro in 1992, has spent the greater part of the decade vacillating between the PGA and Nationwide Tours. His previous best showing in 154 career PGA events was fifth place on three occasions.
The former Yale golfer was fortunate to play at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Heintz was geared up to compete in a Nationwide Tour event in Cincinnati when he received a call from a PGA official notifying him that the competitive pull of the British Open had allowed him to make the field in Reno.
Heintz was struggling going into the event. He had made the cut in just two of 10 Nationwide Tour events in 2010. He described his own play as "terrible," and he was "thinking of quitting."
The 40-year old golfer's brilliant play in the Reno-Tahoe Open changed his mood.
"It takes a lot of pressure off me. We're building a house right now, and I think marriages and building houses are golfer killers. You know, guys have a lot of trouble -- you see guys falling off the face of the earth for two or three things when they're professional golfers; changing equipment, building a house, a major life change can really do it. And I've suffered under the pressure of that for a while this year, putting it on myself, and this will back that off quite a bit."
"I know I missed an opportunity to win…but it takes a massive amount of pressure off."
With the runner-up finish, Heintz qualified for the PGA Tour's Canadian Open in Toronto. He finished tied for 59th place, shooting a two-under-par four-round combined score of 278.
Heintz was a three-time All-Ivy player for the Bulldogs and is the only current Ivy Leaguer to make a full-time living on the PGA Tour.
Report filed by Dean Karoliszyn