Few people typically pay attention to the guy that finishes dead last in a Web.com Tour event. The circuit is typically a birdie bonanza.
Chad Pfeifer is a unique exception. Pfeifer is the first military amputee to compete on the Web.com Tour after being given a sponsor exemption into the Albertsons Boise Open. The Iraq veteran lost his left leg above the knee in April 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded, destroying a vehicle in which he and other soldiers were traveling. He took up the game during his rehabilitation and has turned pro, playing in myriad mini-tour events and competing on Golf Channel's "The Big Break" reality series.
Pfeifer, a now retired U.S. Army corporal, shot 9-over 151 over two rounds to wind up in last place by three shots after two rounds at Hillcrest Country Club. When he walked off the last green on Friday, however, the 33-year-old was given the respect he deserves.
A number of players in the field were waiting for Pfeifer and came to shake his hand and thank him for his military service.
Pfeifer plans to earn his way onto the Web.com Tour through Q-school this fall. Something tells us he'll get this kind of reception regardless of how he does.