Joins the PGA TOUR as a rookie after T16 finish at 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. At age 21 when the 2004 season kicks off, will be second-youngest player on Tour in 2003, behind fellow rookie Kevin Na. Co-recipient with Ricky Barnes of 2003 Ben Hogan Award and also won the Jack Nicklaus Award and Fred Haskins Award as top collegiate golfer in 2003. No. 1 Amateur in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings in 2003. Made the cut and finished 28th at the Masters. Turned professional after missing the cut at the U.S. Open, and made four cuts in seven starts. Runner-up to Ricky Barnes at the 2002 U.S. Amateur and placed third at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Two-time member of the U.S. Palmer Cup team. Two-time first-team All-American at OSU. Two-time Big 12 Player of the Year (2002-03). Began collegiate career at Southern California before transferring to OSU after earning second-team All-American honors, as well as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001. American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year in 1999 and a three-time AJGA All-American. Winner of 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; Rounds Played - 94; in money - 5; top -10 Finishes - 0; Scoring Average - 70.79 (N/A); money $106,300 Rank (N/A); Best finish: T20th at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
At age 21 when the season kicked off, was second-youngest player on TOUR, behind fellow rookie Kevin Na. Lost to Vaughn Taylor in playoff at Reno-Tahoe Open.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; Rounds Played - 94; in money - 16; top -10 Finishes - 3; money $813,089 Rank (100th); Best finish: T-2nd at The Reno-Tahoe Open
Scoring - 71.31 / (117th); Driving Distance - 293.0 / (45th); Driving Accuracy - 62.2% / (131st); GIR - 63.7% / (129th); Putting - 1.775 / (86th); Birdie Average - 3.52 per rd / (99th) / Total Birdies - 331; Sand Saves - 45.8% / (142nd); All-Around Rank - 813 / (112th)