June 12, 2019

McGreevy hoping to continue Saxon’s legacy heading into Suzhou Open

SUZHOU, China—American Max McGreevy is looking to get over the hurdle and claim his first PGA TOUR-affiliated victory when the Suzhou Open kicks off Thursday. Despite not yet winning an event, McGreevy has been the most consistent player on Tour this year and has even took over the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit after finishing solo third at last month’s Nantong Championship. Through six events, the 24-year-old has recorded four top-five finishes and has yet to end a tournament outside the top 20.   

“I keep giving myself chances, so I’m hoping for another chance this week. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to seal the deal, but I had a really good chance a couple weeks ago in Nantong,” said McGreevy.  “Unfortunately, that’s how it goes. It was a nice consolation to get the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit. That was awesome, and I’m hoping to keep that spot and keep moving forward and hopefully get a win here.”

McGreevy is playing his first full year in China along with good friend and fellow Series player Luke Kwon after hearing good things about the Tour from Charlie Saxon, a four-time PGA TOUR Series-China winner, the Tour’s all-time money leader and current Web.com Tour player. The trio all played at the University of Oklahoma together, and McGreevy and Kwon are trying to continue the legacy that Saxon left behind.

“I always remember battling against Charlie (in college), trying to get one of the last spots to make the traveling team or competing against Luke and stuff like that,” said McGreevy, who recently moved into a house with Saxon in Dallas, Texas. “Fortunately, it’s been fun to feed off one another and Kwon also won last month in Qinhuangdao, so it’s been great to keep the tradition going. It always feels good to represent your university, and I wouldn’t mind copying Charlie.”

Saxon graduated in 2016, and McGreevy stayed to complete his final year in Norman, with the Sooners winning the NCAA Championship. McGreevy won his match, helping his team clinch the final point needed for the victory.

McGreevy turned pro and went on to play a full season on the Web.com Tour in 2018 but was unable to retain his card. His goal to play the PGA TOUR has taken a slight detour, bringing him to China.

McGreevy is hoping to find his way back to America by finishing the year in the top five of the Order of Merit but admits he is loving the unique experience of traveling across some of China’s most well-known cities. He is particularly excited to play at Jinji Lake International Golf Club this week, which was designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player.

“Suzhou is awesome, and so is the course. It’s been incredible, and the views are amazing, so I’m excited to keep exploring a little bit more this week,” said McGreevy. “The views are stunning. It’s just been a really great experience so far to see the different culture, and I’m trying to embrace it all.”