Jeff Overton ended up being first alternate at the PGA Championship. It was the first time since 2008 that he did not play in the final major of the year, and based on a series of tweets early Saturday morning, he wasn’t happy about it.
One tweet mentioned the PGA Championship had two sponsor’s invitations. ”Who did you give your invites to? Not the guy that helped make you 50 million in Wales,” he tweeted.
He followed that with two more shots at the PGA of America but eventually deleted the series of tweets.
Overton played for the United States in the Ryder Cup in 2010 at Wales — he remains the only American to play in the Ryder Cup who has never won on the PGA Tour — and won two matches.
But not only has he never won on tour, he has plunged to No. 151 in the world rankings. He is outside the top 100 in the FedEx Cup standings. He has one top-10 finish this year — a tie for seventh at the Texas Open — and has finished outside the top 25 in all the rest.
Perhaps even more perplexing is the notion that he helped the PGA of America make $50 million from the 2010 Ryder Cup. For one thing, Ryder Cup revenue goes to the host organizer — that would be the European Tour and PGAs in Europe for 2010 in Wales.
Overton also was wrong in saying the PGA of America had two sponsor invitations. By its own criteria, the PGA awarded 42 exemptions. Most of those go to players inside the top 100 in the world because the PGA Championship wants the strongest field of any major.
The PGA wound up taking nine players outside the top 100. Only one of them, Ryo Ishikawa at No. 163, has a lower ranking than Overton.