Eight years ago, Punahou graduate Parker McLachlin seemed to be on the verge of a longtime career on the PGA tour. With four top-10 finishes, he even notched a win at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Now, having not played consistently on a professional level since 2010, the 36-year-old is hoping this week’s Sony Open can give some new life to his once-promising career.
“I take total pride in representing Hawaii at the highest level in the PGA tour and I’d like to get back to get back to doing that in a full-time capacity,” McLachlin said.
McLachlin has recently been working as a club pro in Arizona.
His motivation for the comeback is to cement his legacy as one of the greatest golfers the state of Hawaii has ever produced.
“It’s always been extremely important to me is something that I want on my tombstone. It’s like one of the greatest players ever come out of Hawaii, if not the greatest,” he said. “So I have a lot of work to do to be able to put that on my tombstone.”
Parker will start his Sony Open Thursday at 1:20 p.m. on the 1st tee.