One of the few men in the world who can actually say that Donald Trump does not owe him money is Aussie journeyman professional golfer turned coach and teacher Stuart Deane of Brisbane.
The 45-year-old golfer gets perhaps his last shot at glory beginning today when he tees it up in the 99th USPGA Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.
Deane got into the PGA as one of 20 club professionals who played their way into the tournament at the PGA of America’s club professionals championship in Oregon last month.
Deane played in the event previously, in 2014, when it was held at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
He won $US 1 million in 2006 when he was the shock winner of the made-for-TV Trump Million Dollar Invitational. He had no status on the US PGA Tour at the time, but he progressed through 54 holes to earn a tie that led to a nine-hole shootout. When he won, he was presented with an oversize novelty cheque by Trump and the cheque was actually good, something that many people who have had business dealings over the years with The Donald cannot say.
Deane has played a total of 12 PGA sanctioned events. He earned $28, 354 for those appearances, an amount that Jason Day or Adam Scott would not even bother to collect. He made the 36-hole cut in only two of his appearances, with a tie for 50th being his best result.
Deane spends his time these days as the Director of Golf Coaching at the University of Texas at Arlington. His ambition in the 2017 PGA is to make the cut, but there are some of us who recall 1991, when an unknown got into the PGA Championship as the ninth alternate and won, that being John Daly, so, best of luck to you, Stuart Deane.