The Miccosukee Championship could change its name to the Commuter Classic.
The two co-leaders, Chris DeForest and Steve LeBrun, both live a ways upstate and are commuting to the tournament most days.
DeForest, who lives in Palm City, left his home at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
LeBrun lives in West Palm Beach and is also commuting to the tournament.
Because they are playing together on Saturday, it’s possible that DeForest could take a slight detour and give his playing partner a lift.
Not going to happen.
Playing a major factor in the tournament Friday were winds that averaged 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.
That did not bother co-leader LeBrun too much.
“It was a tough day,” he admitted of the windy conditions. “But I was born and raised in South Florida. Been here my whole life. I’m used to the wind and rain. I know how to play into the wind.
“It’s nice to be in South Florida. It definitely helps to be back home to play.”
There was a Gator on the course Saturday at the Miccosukee Championship
No, not the animal kind — it was the University of Florida kind.
Phillip Choi was in a tie for fourth at 66-72, three strokes back heading into the weekend’s final two rounds.
Choi has quickly made the move from the UF golf team to the Web.com Tour.
He played two years for the Gators before deciding to embark on a professional golf future.
He admitted the transition has not been easy.
“My first year as a pro, it was a little difficult,” he said. “There’s a difference between college golf and amateur golf.
“I definitely had to make an adjustment. I’m getting to know what to expect and how to prepare myself.”
Onward to PGA
Nick Thompson of Coral Springs is playing solidly this season and also in the Miccosukee Championship. Thompson is 19th on the Web.com money list at $176,476. At Miccosukee, he is tied for 28th with rounds of 69 and 72.
• Participants in the Miccosukee Championship during the 10 years of its existence have gone on to win 11 PGA Tour events.
• The leading money-winner on the Web.com Tour is Casey Wittenberg with $407,453 won this year with a 69.27 scoring average.
He is a lock to receive his PGA Tour card for next season.