Hawaii’s Brent Grant earns first PGA Korn Ferry Tour victory

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Brent Grant fell to his knees upon learning he had scored his first PGA Korn Ferry Tour victory.

After completing 18 holes on Sunday, the Moanalua grad and former BYU Hawaii golfer made his way to the driving range to prepare for a possible playoff. He was then told that it was not necessary; he had just won.

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Grant won the 2022 Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation in Nashville over the weekend with a 16-under 272.

Grant’s win over the weekend currently puts him 12th in the Korn Ferry standings. If you finish in the top 25, a designated golfer will receive a PGA Tour card.

“It’s exactly the same as finishing in a golf tournament,” Grant told KHON2 Athletic Director Rob DeMello of the conclusion of the current season, which has 11 tournaments and 15 remaining. “To understand that in every event there are essentially 72 more holes and you multiply that by 15 and that’s how many holes I have left. I learned a long time ago that it’s just best to put your head down and work hard, and things will happen. You understand very, very quickly how to achieve your goal if you just look at what lies ahead and just try to take one bite at a time.”

Grant, 26, has come a long way from finishing 15th at the HHSAA Golf Championships as a senior in Moanalua in 2013. Should he achieve PGA Tour status by the fall, he says he’ll be proud to take his roots with him.

“I owe everything to the islands and everything to the people,” he said. “Without the culture, without the aloha, without that spirit that’s there on the islands and that’s why we call it paradise because it’s really like that and I’m doing my best every day to try and do that represent as best as possible.

“Calling Hawaii home is something I will always do because it is exactly that. It’s my home, that’s where I belong.”

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