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Fresno Golfer Rides Hot Streak to Upgraded PGA Tour Status

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Fresno native Peter Kuest, shown above at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, continues his hot play with a $112,850 payday at the John Deere Classic on Sunday. (AP File)
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Former Clovis West standout Peter Kuest tied for 17th at the John Deere Classic on Sunday, earning $112,850 and special temporary membership on the PGA Tour.

More good news came his way on Monday as he received a sponsor’s exemption into this week’s Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The tournament offers a total purse of $3.8 million.

A week before the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, the Fresno native tied for fourth place at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

“It’s been a fun two weeks. We just hope to keep it rolling,” Kuest told Amanda Renner, who handles golf interviews for CBS Sports, on Saturday.

After opening the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 67, Kuest moved up the leaderboard with a 6-under-par 65. However, he cooled off Sunday with a par-71 that included six birdies, four bogeys, and a double bogey at TPC Deere Run.

In just five PGA tournaments this season, he has won $667,218. More importantly, he has gone from trying to gain entry into tournaments as a Monday qualifier to earning his temporary card. Kuest has three Top 20 Finishes in his limited appearances.

Watch: Kuest’s Interview After Saturday’s 65

Kuest is the sixth player to earn special temporary membership this season. He joins Akshay Bhatia, Ryan Gerard, Ryan Fox, Min Woo Lee, and Nicolai Hojgaard.

While at Brigham Young University, Kuest Kuest won 10 tournaments and averaged a school-record low of 69.42 strokes a round during the COVID-abbreviated 2019-2020 season.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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