This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
By now, many of us have heard about the hardship and tragedy that followed Nate Lashley throughout his golf career. His runaway win on Sunday at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic was a real feel-good story.
Not to play Can You Top This, but another remarkable development unfolded at the European Tour event in Spain, where South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout won in a romp. Wait till you hear his story. But first, Lashley.
The Nebraska native was a six-shot winner in only his 33rd PGA Tour event. The fact that he didn't play in his 33rd Tour event until he was 36 years old makes it even more remarkable. There have been large chunks of Lashley's life where he was playing golf poorly or not at all. It's completely understandable when you know that when he was a junior in college his parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash flying home from watching him play.
If you look at Lashley's page at OWGR.com, you'll see that he played the Korn Ferry Tour in 2006. And then … he played two more tournaments over the next nine years. He sold real estate. Then he went to the Latinoamerica Tour. He finally reached the PGA Tour two years ago, a 34-year-old rookie. But it hadn't been going great. Heck, Lashley couldn't even get into the Rocket Mortgage Classic, failing in Monday qualifying. But on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the start of the tournament, a spot opened up