Underdog Ryan Helminen talks making PGA field


by WHAS editors


Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 6:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- By now you probably know the top 100 golfers in the world will play in next week's PGA Championship, but what about those outside the top 100?

WHAS11's Jeff Woods spoke to a player that you've probably never heard of and is the epitome of an underdog.

We know Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but we're talking about PGA Club Professional Ryan Helminen will play in his first ever major at Valhalla.

To even have the chance to play in the PGA Championship is a small victory.

"I'm playing well, I feel, I just want to prepare like I normally do. I just got to keep my surroundings normal, keep it level and not get ahead of myself," Helminen said.

Not only is this Helminen's first major, but it will also be his first trip to Valhalla.

"It's a good test, good ball striker's golf course, not a lot of frills," he said. "So, if you keep the ball in front of you, this course can be had."

Helminen wouldn't be surprised if a long-shot like himself is in contention on Sunday for the Wanamaker Trophy.

"You know it's just a mindset, and if you don't get ahead of yourself, some of these things can come true. Dreams do come true," he said.

Helminen said making the cut was a good goal, but now, he just wants to have some fun next week and enjoy the experience.