Well, that was quick.
With the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship having concluded the college season last week, Vanderbilt Commodores golfer Matthias Schwab will make his professional debut this week at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open at the Diamond Country Club located outside Vienna.
Schwab placed third in the NCAA individual championship last week, and carded an average of 70.82 strokes over 104 rounds in his Commodore career. The senior from Rohrmoos, Austria, was a First Team All-SEC golfer for each of the last three years, as well as a First Team All-American in 2016 and a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award (given to the top college golfer) in 2017. While still an amateur, he finished 14th in the 2015 Lyoness Open.
Vanderbilt doesn’t have a ton of golfers competing on the pro tours: Brandt Snedeker is, of course, a regular on the PGA Tour, and Luke List has bounced between the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour and... well, that’s about it. Presumably Schwab will be competing this week on a sponsor’s exemption, and he’ll compete in the European Tour qualifying school in November to try to get a Tour card.
Of course, if he wins this week, he won’t need to go to Q-school. There are 100:1 odds on that sort of thing, not that we encourage it. Anchor Down.