The 2019 season didn’t display the results on the leaderboard that Daniel Miernicki is used to seeing. The season for him was dedicated to change and focusing on developing for when he would reach the Korn Ferry Tour. This year Miernicki has begun his campaign in a strong way and attempts to secure his PGA Tour Card.
“Last year was a bit different,” said Miernicki. “I had made some swing changes. It was all about trying to get comfortable and less about results.” When the top 10’s weren’t piling up as they have before, Miernicki didn’t stray away from his main goal. “My results weren’t quite what I was expecting, but I focused more on using the season to prepare and hopefully get to the Korn Ferry this season.”
The final stage of Q-School presented an opportunity for redemption for Miernicki. “Q-School Finals have been tough for me,” said Miernicki. “In 2015, I double bogeyed my last hole, my 108th hole, to miss out on being the highest priority conditional player. In 2017, I bogeyed my 70th and 71st holes to miss full status. So, I have firsthand seen the harshness of Q School for sure.” Miernicki went back to the same course that was so harsh to him before in hopes of a different result. “This year, I felt good about my game. I just kept my head down, didn’t look at leaderboards and luckily it worked out,” said Miernicki. Miernicki finished 12th at 16-under in the final stage, guaranteeing him eight Korn Ferry Tour starts for the 2020 season.
The Korn Ferry Tour guaranteed starts are a great opportunity to advance into the points race to finish in the Top 25 and secure a PGA Tour Card like most recent APT Alums Scottie Scheffler and Vincent Whaley. “Having guaranteed starts to begin the season is a huge opportunity. You cannot get complacent and definitely need to take advantage of being exempt for the first two reshuffles,” Miernicki said. Miernicki made the most of his opportunity by securing a top 20 finish in his second Korn Ferry start at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at Baha Mar. “The Top 20 took a lot of pressure off. Unfortunately, I got the flu in Panama and was struggling into the Columbia. Getting sick made that top 20 even bigger.” Miernicki currently has accumulated 48 points in his five KFT starts, which is ranked 84th among The 25 rankings.
Miernicki simply looks to win each day and let the overall results take care of themselves. “My expectations for myself is to simply keep my head down, play my game, and let the results take care of themselves. I haven’t played up to my potential yet this season. I’m focusing on nailing my preparation and trying to play as free as possible in the events.” Miernicki keeps his drive by always striving to improve, “I love competing with myself and seeing how good I can get.” He will have the opportunity to find out this season as he tries to secure his PGA Tour Card.
Written by: Brandon Moore