Jun 22, 2013; Cromwell, CT, USA; Brendon de Jonge on the first tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Brendon De Jonge has had a strong past 2 seasons on the PGA Tour and now, the native of Zimbabwe and the former Hokie has been selected to his first Presidents Cup for the international team. Now, this was announced almost two weeks ago but De Jonge is one of the best examples of how Virginia Tech has built an athletic program that isn’t just football. De Jonge is proof to young high school golfers that Virginia Tech’s men’s golf program can develop you into a golfer that can compete at the highest level.
For De Jonge, he has become a player that might not have a win in the last two years but has clearly been a very good golfer that has earned a chance at the Presidents Cup. Firstly, Brendon De Jonge has only missed 9 cuts over the last 2 years in which he has played in 60 events which is quite impressive. Next, De Jonge has had 23 top 25 finishes with 8 of those finishes being in the top 10. Lastly, Brendon De Jonge has made plenty of money in the last two years with over $3.6 million in just winnings on the PGA Tour.
Brendon De Jonge is not one of the longer hitters on the PGA Tour with the 107th best driving distance but De Jonge does put it in the fairway which is proven by his 66.49% of fairways hit which is 28th on the PGA Tour. What is even more impressive is the fact that De Jonge is tenth in greens in regulation (68.71%). Brendon De Jonge has now become arguably the most successful golfer to come out of Virginia Tech and has made all Hokies proud by becoming the first Virginia Tech alumni to compete in the Presidents Cup.