Southern California PGA Member, Michael Block Cards Historic Two Rounds At 2023 PGA Championship

ROCHESTER, NY - MAY 19: Michael Block of the Corebridge Financial PGA Team hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Friday, May 19, 2023 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)

PGA Professional Michael Block of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club got off to a hot start in the second round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club with three birdies in his first five holes. During his round, he rose to as high as tied for second, and by the time he entered the clubhouse, Block remained inside the top 20 – if it holds, this is the second time in the last 20 years that a PGA Professional has done so.

Block is currently at even par through 36 holes after back-to-back rounds of 70 and is sitting well inside the cut line. Depending on how the day ends, a top-10 finish from Block would make him the first PGA Professional to do so in 35 years (Jay Overton 1988), and the third in 40 years (Buddy Whitten 1983).

Below are some fast facts about the Southern California PGA Section legend.

  • Block is the reigning 2022 National PGA Professional Player of the Year, presented by Rolex.
  • Block earned an exemption into the PGA Championship at Oak Hill as a member of the Corebridge Financial PGA Team of 20 with his top 20 finish at the 2023 PGA Professional Championship, an event that he won in 2014.
  • This is Block’s 5th PGA Championship appearance. (2013 Valhalla, 2015 Baltusrol, 2017 Bellerive, 2022 Southern Hills, 2023 Oak Hill).
  • Block was a member of the winning PGA Cup team in 2022 at Surrey, England, the first overseas victory for the U.S. since 2009.
  • With an impressive Southern California PGA Section tournament career, Block has had 43 wins in 145 Section events, including 26 runner-up finishes, 126 top-10’s and 3 SCPGA Section Championship titles.
  • Block has been named the Southern California PGA Player of the Year 9 out of the last 10 years.

The Southern California PGA looks forward to watching Michael compete on the world’s biggest stage through the weekend! Be sure to follow along on the SCPGA’s social media channels.