Wyatt Worthington II wins the 2022 John Shippen Invitational


As Wyatt Worthington II awaited his John Shippen Invitational trophy, he was introduced to Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders and struck up a conversation.


Worthington notably idolizes Tiger Woods, from whom he received a golf lesson as a high school student, thanks to a partnership between the First Tee of Columbus and the Woods Foundation. He also loves Sanders, who he watched juke against defenders on TV growing up.

Before brandishing a note sheet and delivering his victory speech at the Detroit Golf Club on Sunday, Worthington jotted down the most memorable line from his first meeting with the former Lion: “Opportunity is disguised as hard work,” a a sentiment that Sanders told Worthington his father often expressed.

Tournament winner Wyatt Worthington II thanks fans and fellow golfers after the final round of the 2022 John Shippen National Invitational at Detroit Golf Club on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

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Worthington got to work on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65, eight shots better than his effort on Saturday. The PGA club professional totaled 6 under 138 to earn a one-shot Rocket Mortgage Classic exemption. He qualified for the 2016 and 2022 PGA Championships as a club professional, so next weekend will be his first PGA Tour event without that designation, and he couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity.