Nick Bienz, an employee at a Golf Galaxy in Indianapolis, guzzled down three cold ones in an effort to quell his nerves before a five-person, eight-hole playoff to determine which four golfers would gain entry into the PGA Tour's next event — this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic.

It worked.

Bienz, 27, was one of five golfers to post a 7-under 65 at Monday's qualifier in Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan. After two flubs from one of his competitors late in the playoff, Bienz booked a ticket into his first PGA Tour event, of any kind.

Bienz has never played in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, per Ryan French's Monday Q Info, which reports on qualifiers via X. French caught up with Bienz as he quenched his thirst while awaiting the opportunity to play bonus golf.

“Never can you say that you're five or six groups away from playing the PGA Tour event,” Bienz said. “So, I need every ounce of alcohol right now to calm the nervous system and not try to vomit on myself. So, that's where we're at right now.”

Bienz said he treated his round as “normal” until he stuck his approach on No. 15 to within three feet of the hole, setting up a tap-in eagle.

“Once that dropped, I was like, ‘Welp. This is bout to get real, real stressful,'” Bienz recalled. “So that's what when the nerves really came up.”

Bienz sunk a 12-footer for birdie on No. 18 to keep his PGA Tour hopes alive.

“Couldn't even tell you what happened,” he said about the putt. “I don't know what the read was … I still blacked out. I have no idea.”

Bienz has enjoyed high-level golf success in the state of Michigan. As a star at IUPUI, he won the Fort Wayne City Championship in 2017 and 2018. (He won the 2023 Indiana Open in South Bend.)

Danny Guise, Brandon Berry and Angelo Giantsopoulos joined Bienz in advancing to the PGA Tour event. 15-year-old Miles Russell, already excelling on the junior circuit and Korn Ferry Tour, will also make his PGA Tour debut in Detroit.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic begins Thursday at Detroit Golf Club. The winner will take home $1.6 million of the $9.6 million purse plus 500 FedExCup points.

“This is by far the craziest day of my life,” Bienz posted on X. “Thank you so much to everyone. Let’s have a freaking week!”

Bienz will find out his first tee time and grouping on Tuesday afternoon.

“I have to call my boss and call off work tomorrow for sure,” Bienz said following his round. “I’m supposed to be there at 7:30 in the morning [Tuesday] and I don’t think that’s going to happen.

“I don't even know what I do … I guess just try to enjoy it while I can and figure it out from there. I didn't even pack clothes for this week.”