Savannah, Georgia – It is not uncommon for professional golfers to carry a rule book in their golf bags. On Saturday at the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, Chris Crisologo would have also used a dictionary.
ghost not ghost: be nine times or much greater.
Crisologo, the 26-year-old from Vancouver, was riding well in his second round of the final stage, a 6-under championship thanks to a 4-under start through five holes at The Landings Club’s Marshwood Stadium. Then it reached par-4 13The tenth hole, where he proceeded to hit a four-shot tee in the penalty area and a nonuple-bogey 13 card.
“I suctioned a hard throw 12 times,” said Crisologo, who didn’t drop a shot during the second round, 3-on-74.
While hole-punch parity would have set Crisologo in the top five and only three of Chan Kim’s lead, he remains in the mix for guaranteed starts. In the top spot, Crisologo lags three times from a standoff in the T-28, and takes the Top 40 and ties after Monday’s final round eight starts guaranteed to start next year’s KFT season.
“I’m lucky because there are two more days,” Krizogou said. “One of the packers said it better: Better to have it today than on Monday.”
Crisologo imagines himself to be a solid golf ball driver, but with a tight landing zone and water left and across the fairway, as well as harsh winds from right to left, it was enough to instill a bit of doubt in the big stick.
The first drive was left all the way through. splash.
The third shot, and the second tee ball, was a 3-iron, which was going through the fairway. Splash again.
Another 3 iron, the 5th shot, suffered the same fate. So did the four irons Crisologo hit with his seventh shot.
Finally, he got another 4 iron, his ninth shot in play.
“He pushed that person into the middle of the waterway,” Crisologo said, who positioned himself in a 240-yard green bunker before missing just 17 feet for the phantom eight.
“I felt good from the tee on all five shots,” Crisologo said. “But you can’t really lose focus there, on top of that, you have to know the lines very well. With that tee box going up, I felt a little uncomfortable with what I needed to hit the tee.”
This is unfamiliar territory for Crisologo, who is playing a finalist for the first time since graduating from college in 2019. He attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and the only NCAA institution outside of the United States has won Crisologo six times in school and was four-time NCAA Division-II All-American.
“I wasn’t highly recruited as a little boy,” said Crisologo, who didn’t start playing golf until the age of eight while playing other sports, including baseball, hockey and tennis. “But it gave me a lot of playing time and gave me opportunities to hone and unleash my game. It was so much fun, my confidence grew, and that helped me move on.”
As an amateur, he has twice captured the South American amateur, defeating fellow finalist Ale Tosti in 2018 in Buenos Aires before leading former LSU player Luis Jani in a playoff in 2019 in Santiago, Chile. He played the RBC Canadian Open in each of those years, missed the cut the second time but earned low honors on his start.
Since turning professional, Crisologo has mostly competed on the PGA Tour in Canada. He made two top 10 players out of the 10 last season.
Along the way, Crisologo, an energetic photographer, documented his journey through a private Instagram account.
“Golf gives you a chance to go to some really amazing places, different and unique opportunities to see the world,” Crisologo said. “So I try to take a nice little picture of each city and make some videos. It’s kind of my spare time, but it was so much fun. I like to think I’m a decent photographer.”
Crisologo didn’t pack his Nikon for this week’s trip to Savannah; This all worked out as Crisologo looks to improve his position in KFT’s first season. Plus he plans to come back here in a few months.
The 13 on Saturday may have closed his window to win and secure his full exemption status, but it doesn’t have to be an unlucky number either.
Two powerful rounds of closing could guarantee Crisologo’s positions in the fields in the Bahamas, Great Exuma and Abaco; Panama City, Panama; Bogota, Colombia; Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Louisiana, both Broussard and Lake Charles; and Savannah.
Perfect places to pack your camera and leave the dictionary on the shelf.