Golf star, US Open champion, and current Major League Baseball player Kevin Durant, who is also the son of Oklahoma City Thunder owner and Oklahoma City native Norman Durant, is getting the most attention as he celebrates his third-round win in the US Open Golf Championship at Royal Oak, Michigan.
The news comes on the heels of his victory in the 2018 Australian Open, where he earned a tie for third place in the final round of the Australian Open with a 71.5-68.5 win over Australian ace Michael Johnson.
“It’s just a big, big honor, but I’m excited about it,” Durant said.
“I know the people here have really supported me and supported my family, and I feel like I’ve just kind of found a home here.”
Durant, whose father was also a major league baseball player, made the final cut after qualifying for the USGA’s Open Championship earlier this month.
Durant is also expected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the United Kingdom next month, but the USOpen Championship is his main focus for the rest of the year.
He is now the only player in the tournament’s history to reach the USTA’s No. 3 position, which would earn him a guaranteed $1 million in prize money, according to USGA rules.
The US Open is the first major tournament in which Durant is not the champion.
“We had a great season for Kevin,” USGA Executive Director Steve Reed said.