Devlin bids for US card
CHRIS DEVLIN, whose generosity was key to fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell's development into a Major champion, hopes to cross a significant hurdle in his own career this week, WRITES KARL MacGINTY.
Ten years ago, Ballymena native Devlin gave up a 10pc increase in his own golf scholarship funding at the University of Alabama so the college could bring McDowell to Birmingham.
McDowell agrees that this hugely successful sojourn as an amateur in the States was a major factor on the long road to US Open victory in June.
Devlin, now 35, married and a father of two, plays on the US satellite circuits. The highlight so far of his nine years as a pro was teeing it up in the 2008 US Open.
Yet today, Devlin hopes to take a step closer to earning a US PGA Tour card when he plays in the 72-hole second stage of Q-School at The Hombre, his local club.
Also bidding for a berth at next month's final qualifying is Waterville's Mark Murphy (32), who tees it up at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney , Texas.