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Todd Hamilton

  • Birthplace: Galesburg, Ill.
  • Residence: Westlake, Texas
  • Age: 42
  • Turned Pro: 1987
  • College: Oklahoma
  • Eligibility Code: 4

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Player Notes

Started playing golf at the age of seven. Member of the Canadian Tour from 1988-89. Member of the Asian Tour from 1992-2002. 1992 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion. . .Winner of the 1992 Thailand Open, Singapore Rolex Masters and Korean Open. Hamilton joined Japan Golf Tour after winning Asian Tour Order of Merit in 1992, before that he was thinking of quitting the game. Three-time NCAA All-American. . .Secured his place in golfing folklore with a stunning victory in the British Open at Royal Troon in 2004 when he held off Ernie Els during a four hole play-off to win the Claret Jug. His win sparked the biggest celebrations ever seen in his former home of Oquawka, Illinois, a sleepy town whose previous claim to fame was the circus elephant buried in the town square. Norma Jean, named after Marilyn Monroe, was killed in a lightning strike in 1972 and laid to rest where she lay as she was too heavy to be moved. Prior to his Open triumph, the American was one of the world's most prolific winners, having won four times in Japan the previous year. Played the Asian and Japan Tours, winning 14 times, prior to winning his US PGA Tour card at his eighth attempt at the end of 2003.

Career Victories

Japan PGA Tour
11 - 1992 Maruman Open, 1993 Acom International, 1994 PGA Philanthropy, PGA Match Play, 1995 Token Corporation Cup, 1996 PGA Philanthropy, 1998 Jun Classic, 2003 Fujisankei Classic, Diamond Cup, Mizuno Open, PGA Match Play Championship.

PGA Tour
2 - 2004 Honda Classic, British Open

Career Summary

1992 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 71.61 (ranked 4th); money - ?62,866,532 (ranked 13th); Winner, Maruman Open.

1993 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 14; scoring average - 71.15 (ranked 4th); money - ?91,494,648 (ranked 6th); Winner, Acom International.

1994 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 71.73 (ranked 13th); money - ?86,960,890 (ranked 6th); Winner, PGA Philanthropy, PGA Match Play,

1995 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.53 (ranked 8th); money - ?54,302,567 (ranked 19th); Winner, Token Corporation Cup.

1996 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.84 (ranked 14th); money - ?63,073,138 (ranked 10th); Winner, PGA Philanthropy.

1997 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.34 (ranked 38th); money - ?36,998,300 (ranked 28th); Winner, Gene Sarazen Jun Classic.

1999 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.30 (ranked 47th); money - ?22,975,600 (ranked 47th); best finish - T5th PGA Championship and Aiful Cup.

2000 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.97 (ranked 65th); money - ?10,951,255 (ranked 78th); best finish - T11th, Dydo-Drinco Shizuoka Open.

2001 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.75 (ranked 60th); money - ?24,695,582 or $231,274 (ranked 44th); best finish - 4th,UBE Kosan Open.

2002 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.06 (ranked 24th); money - ?25,471,318 or $238,539 (ranked 42nd); best finish - T2nd Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.

2003 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.59 (ranked 8th); money - ?117,547,151 or $1,100,829 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Fujisankei Classic, Diamond Cup, Mizuno Open, PGA Match Play Championship.

2004 Notes
Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 88; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $3,063,778; (ranked 11th); best finish - Win at the Honda Classic & British Open

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.04 / (85th); driving distance - 283.5 / (128th); driving accuracy - 58.7% / (167th); GIR - 62.7% / (157th); putting - 1.774 / (84th); birdie average - 3.28 per rd / (156th) / total birdies - 289; sand saves - 44.6% / (154th); all-around rank - 1097 / (177th).

2005 Notes
First major championship winner not to finish in the Top-10 on the PGA Tour in his next season since Payne Stewart, who died just after winning the 1999 U.S. Open. Previous to that was Paul Azinger who played a limited schedule in 1994 due to cancer, previous to that was Ken Venturi in 1965.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; rounds played - 91; in money - 112; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $559,495; (ranked 134th); best finish - T-13th at the John Deere Classic

2005 Stats
scoring average - 71.46 / (143rd); driving distance - 287.2 / (110th); driving accuracy - 61.9% / (117th); GIR - 63.7% / (140th); putting - 1.770 / (68th); birdie average - 3.41 per rd / (123rd) / total birdies - 310; sand saves - 43.4% / (160th); all-around rank - 1001 / (161st).

2006 Notes
Only broke 70, 11 times, shot 76 or over 19 times.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 72; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $165,152; (ranked 198); best finish - T-10 at the John Deere Classic

2006 Stats
scoring average - 72.84 / (193); driving distance - 283.6 / (147th); driving accuracy - 56.3% / (184th); GIR - 56.8% / (196); putting - 1.792 / (132nd); birdie average - 2.89 per rd / (190th) / total birdies - 208; sand saves - 42.1% / (171st); all-around rank - 1286 / (194).

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