Broke Golfer Wins $293K, Can't Collect a Cent

Lee McCoy finishes 4th, but, alas, he's an amateur
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2016 7:03 AM CDT
Broke Golfer Wins $293K, Can't Collect a Cent
Lee McCoy hits a fairway shot at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Lee McCoy finished fourth over the weekend at the PGA's Valspar Championship in Florida, good for a payout of $292,800. But as SB Nation reports, the 22-year-old had to hop in his car and drive back to school at the University of Georgia without collecting a cent of it: He's still an amateur. McCoy knew before teeing off on the tournament's first day that he wouldn't be able to win money, but his finish in the top five seemed to surprise even him. "I think I got like 350 bucks in my bank account right now, so it's mostly gas money," he said afterward, per ASAP Sports. "It hurt, but there's so much going great for me right now." He got an exemption to play in the tournament because he grew up near the course in Tampa. (More golf stories.)

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