Still, the Tryons' ears have been scorched for letting Ty turn pro, even by friends like Tour players John Cook and Scott Hoch. "I think it's a joke," says Hoch. "I know Ty. It's a terrible decision."
The Tryons, however, didn't see any other choice. "In my opinion, it would have bordered on child abuse if we hadn't let him," says Bill. "That's how badly he wanted to do this—and he's good enough to do this. Look, he's our son. We're going to work with him to help him in his chosen career. If that means not making him play at some charade of a golf college for two years to make everybody else feel better, so be it."
I asked our Kel if he would ever want to leave high school with a year and a half left, to live the glamorous and lucrative life of a touring golf pro. He happened to be eating a turkey, cheese, bacon, Hershey's syrup and Ruffles BBQ potato chip sandwich at the time.
"Ngh chnc," he mumbled.
"Because you feel like high school and college are priceless years you can never have back?" I asked.
"Ngh," he said. "Id nvr wr thos gky glf clths."