John Chin is having more fun, but the margin for error is as small as a dimple on a golf ball.
He's playing for money on the professional stage, but whether he makes a three-foot par putt could put him, say, 20 spots either way from a competitor.
Chin, a 23-year-old from Temecula, worked his way at or near the top of the competition for much of his UC Irvine career. He won two Big West Conference individual championships, including earlier this year as a senior.
Chin won four times last season and had 11 top-10 finishes. He earned a spot on the United States' Palmer Cup team and signed on with Gaylord Sports Management.
He played his first pro event, the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open in July, on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut (75-75 — 150).