Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Resides: Birmingham, Alabama
College: University of Alabama
Turned Professional: 2014
Professional Wins: 1 - Web.com Tour’s 2016 Rex Hospital Open
Honors & Accolades: N/A
Driving Distance - Standing at 6’4”, it’s no surprise that Mullinax hits the long ball, but he also pairs his immense length with a stellar all-around game. Last year, Mullinax ranked 7th on the Web.com Tour in driving distance.
Area for Improvement
Driving Accuracy - Mullinax hit only 57% of his fairways last year on the Web.com Tour and in his few starts during the PGA Tour’s fall series, its dropped to 48%. If Mullinax can hit more fairways, his strong putting and wedge game will shine and high finishes will follow.
A look at Trey Mullinax’s swing
I followed Mullinax during a practice round at the 2016 Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and came away very impressed with the Alabama alum. He possesses one of the most complete games of the PGA Tour rookies and has limitless potential. He fits the mold of today’s modern PGA Tour pro, he’s tall, athletic and long off the tee. Looking at his career thus far, I expect Mullinax to breakout and become a star after a year or two on the PGA Tour.
Trey Mullinax’s Path to the PGA Tour
The junior years
Trey Mullinax grew up in Birmingham, Alabama playing high school golf at Gardendale. During his career there, Mullinax was a cog in his team, winning three straight state championships. Mullinax also excelled at the state level, finishing third and second in the Alabama State Junior. His play garnered him a scholarship offer from golf powerhouse Alabama, where he chose to spend the next 4 years of his golf career.
The college days
Mullinax headed to a stacked college program that consistently pumps out PGA Tour players. He managed to crack the lineup as a Freshman, a tough feat, and his top finish came at the Linger Longer Invitational where he finished t13th in the strong field.
In the summer following his Freshman season, Mullinax had a strong showing at the 2011 Alabama State Amateur where he finished in 5th place behind fellow PGA Tour players Smylie Kaufmann and Bobby Wyatt.
As a Sophomore, Mullinax didn’t get a ton of tick. He played only two events in the spring of the 2011-2012 season. His highlight came from finishing in the top ten of the Puerto Rico Classic.
After a disappointing Sophomore campaign, Mullinax began to make a name for himself in the summer of 2012. Mullinax started the amateur season with 2nd place finishes at the Greystone Invitational and the Spirit of America Championship and rode the momentum into his first big-event win at the 2012 Northern Amateur. From there, Mullinax qualified for his first U.S. Amateur.
Heading back to Tuscaloosa for his Junior season, Mullinax was a rising star on a stacked Alabama roster. He cracked the lineup and played a pivotal role for the Crimson Tide down the stretch, finishing in the top 10 at the Linger Longer Invitational and the SEC Championship. At the NCAA National Championships, Mullinax went 2-1-0 during the match play portion, helping the Crimson Tide win the National Championship.
After another strong summer campaign where Mullinax faired well in many national amateur events, he returned to Alabama as one of the leaders of the defending National Champions. Mullinax saved his best for last as he became one of the best players in college golf. In the fall, he finished in the top 5 of the Fighting Illini Invitational and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, the top 10 of the Gifford Collegiate, and earned his biggest victory to date at the prestigious Isleworth Invitational. His strong play continued in the spring season as he racked up top 10 finishes in the Jones Cup Invitational, the Puerto Rico Classic, the Linger Longer Invitational and the NCAA Auburn Regional. Mullinax capped off his Senior season helping Alabama win their second consecutive National Championship and earning 2nd-Team All-American honors and All-SEC Honors for the first time in his college career.
After college, Mullinax was selected for the prestigious Palmer Cup team and turned professional following the event in the summer of 2014. After turning professional, Mullinax played in the Web.com’s Albertson’s Boise Open and the Canadian Tour’s ATB Financial Classic, missing the cut in both.
In the fall, Mullinax went to Web.com Tour Q-School where he cruised to high finishes in the first and second stages. At the final stage, Mullinax struggled and failed to finish inside the top 50 to earn full-status on the tour for the 2015 season.
With only conditional status for the 2015 Web.com Tour Season, Mullinax needed to make something happen in his limited starts. He did just that in the middle of the season when he got hot and strung together 4 stellar finishes, a t14th at the Albertsons Boise Open, a t4th at the Stonebrae Classic, a t11th at the Utah Championship and a t15th at the Digital Ally Open. It wasn’t enough to move Mullinax into the top 25, but it did earn him his Web.com Tour Card for 2015.
In 2016, Mullinax established himself as one of the best players on the Web.com Tour. In 22 events, Mullinax racked up 6 top-25 finishes, and his season highlight came at the 2016 Rex Hospital Open where he came from five shots back to record his first professional win. Mullinax cruised to an 8th-place finish on the season-long money list, easily earning his PGA Tour card.
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