Ben Griffin in Players hunt after leaving mortgage industry at perfect time
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida. The day Jordan Spieth admitted he didn’t “particularly like” TPC Sawgrass and world No. 1 John Rahm retired before the second round due to “sickness,” Ben Griffin added a bit of perspective to the story. cool players take part in the main event.
The rookie kept up with 71 in the second round, which left him in third place with 6 under par at the start of Day 2 of the Players Championship. While many on the field were shocked by Friday’s increasingly difficult conditions, Griffin was pleased despite finishing his round with a double-bogey-6 in 18th place.
“I didn’t finish the way I wanted, but hole 18 is probably the hardest hole of the day,” Griffin said. “I’m not going to be the first to do a double there. You will see a few.”
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While others may have cursed his last miss or the wind that gusted to 25 mph by the time he completed his round, Griffin rose to the challenge. What else can you expect from a player who left the game two years ago to work in the home mortgage industry?
“The break gave me an amazing perspective,” he said. “There are a lot of guys here, I won’t name names, but a lot of people have big egos and I’m just really grateful to be playing and I’m very lucky to be playing in amazing conditions when the players are having lunch. All these PGA Tour events have a lot to be thankful for, they do so much for us.”
He was also grateful that he was able to get out of the mortgage business at just the right time.
“[Interest rates] too high if you are trying to buy a house. A $500,000 house two years ago was a little more affordable, and now it’s probably double the price on a monthly payment,” he said. “I picked the right time to get out of the mortgage industry and I don’t know how to do it, but people think I’m a magician for timing it so well.”