Brownstown native Chris Baker will look to bounce back this week after missing the cut last week at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.
While most eyes will be on the British Open this weekend, plenty of talented golfers will be stateside competing in the 2021 Barbasol Championship in Lexington, Kentucky.
That’s where Baker will be, looking to continue his consistent below-par rounds he has been putting in over the last couple of weeks.
Baker will be teeing off today at 9:13 a.m. on the 10th hole with Charlie Beljan and Davis Thompson.
The Barbasol Championship was taken off of the schedule last year due to COVID-19. Its return this year is set to host a 132-player field.
According to thelines.com, Baker has an average finishing position of 48th in his last five appearances.
So far for Baker in 2021, he has earned a total of $135,843. His biggest payday came when he finished tied for 26th in the U.S. Open and earned $87,941.
The 2004 graduate of Brownstown Central High School told The Tribune after the U.S. Open that he hopes to keep his PGA Tour card after this calendar year comes to a close.
He said he knows he has a lot of work left to do, but there are plenty of opportunities for Baker to accomplish that goal, especially with how he has been playing lately.
After a rough stretch from late January to mid-May, Baker has turned it on as of late. He has made the cut and finished top 60 in three of his last five appearances.
Despite missing the cut last weekend, Baker was optimistic about his play. He posted to Facebook, “Wasn’t the Friday I wanted, but it was a fun week and a great event @johndeereclassic. Great to have my college teammate @ajseitz (Adam Seitz) caddie for me! My game is good just ready to see the results… Patience is a virtue @barbasolchamp next week. Let’s go!”
With most coverage being put toward the British Open, there won’t be a lot of viewing experience for the Barbasol Championship. It will be televised on the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.