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    Mike Small shoots rounds of 75 and 76 at the PGA Championship
    Illini golf coach Mike Small shot rounds of 75 and 76 to finish +7 at the PGA Championship

    Illini golf coach Mike Small shot rounds of 75 and 76 to finish +7 at the PGA Championship

    Aug. 14, 2004

    Kohler, Wis. - A dream came true for Fighting Illini men's golf coach Mike Small this week as he competed in his first ever PGA Championship. This was the third appearance in a major for Small, who had previously competed in two U.S. Opens. Small qualified for the 155-player field at the PGA Championship by finishing as runner-up at the PGA Club Professional Championship. Coach Small fared well at the daunting Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis., a links-style course that measured over 7,500 yards and included three par-4s that topped 500 yards. Small carded a 3-over round of 75 during Thursday's first round and followed with a 4-over score of 76 in Friday's second round. That gave him a final tally of +7, as he missed the cut for the weekend by six strokes. His performance at the PGA Championship wrapped up another memorable summer for Small. He repeated as Illinois PGA Champion in May, placed second at the PGA Club Pro in June, and made the cut at the Western Open in July for the second straight year.

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