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Scott Verplank

  • Birthplace: Dallas, TX
  • Residence: Edmond, OK
  • Birth Date: July 9, 1964
  • height: 5-9
  • Turned Pro: 1986

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PGA TOUR Victories

(5) 1985,Western Open. 1988,Buick Open. 2000,Reno-Tahoe Open. 2001,Bell Canadian Open. 2007,EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

International Victories

(1): 1998 World Cup of Golf [indiv].

Other Victories

(1): 2006 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,060,864 (59)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T4-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. T8-- RBC Canadian Open. T9-- Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

62 at Round 4, Travelers Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after posting a final-round, 1-under 69...His bogey-free, 8-under 62 in the final round of the Travelers Championship en route to a T9 was the low round on Sunday and just a stroke off his career-best 18-hole score of 61...Kept that pace up two weeks later at the John Deere Classic. A second-round, 7-under 64 led to a second consecutive T9, his third top-10 of the year.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Western Open, Buick Open, Reno-Tahoe Open, Bell Canadian Open, EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Made 18 of 24 cuts to go with eight top-25 finishes...In 19th time playing competitively at Riviera CC dating back to 1987, claimed his best career finish at the Northern Trust Open. The T5 replaced his previous best of T10 in 1988...Recorded a T8 Stanford St. Jude Championship...Finished T3 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic on strength of opening rounds of 64-64.

Career Highlights

2007: Earned first TOUR win since 2001 at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. Win for Dallas resident was especially memorable, as he had strong ties to tournament namesake Byron Nelson, who passed away in 2006. Finished 14th in final FedExCup standings on the strength of the win and eight other top-10s...Shared the 36-hole lead with Justin Rose at the 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic after opening 66-66-132. Finished T8...Overcame a three-shot deficit to Luke Donald in the final round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. Fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory by one stroke over Donald. Nelson died Sept. 26, 2006 at age 94. But Nelson's wife, Peggy, holding one of her late husband's trademark hats, was there for a hug. "Byron would be very, very happy for Scott. I am, too. The friendship they had, it's great to see it culminate this way," said Peggy Nelson...Finished T7 in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial near his Dallas home. Shot middle rounds of 66-63...T8 following week at the Stanford St. Jude Championship for fourth top-10 of the season...One week later, notched fifth career top-10 in a major with a T7 at the U.S. Open at Oakmont CC...Solid play continued in early July with a T5 at the Buick Open, his fourth consecutive top-10. Surpassed $20 million in career earnings with $166,110 paycheck...Recorded his first top-10 in 21 career World Golf Championships starts with a T9 at the Bridgestone Invitational...Former Oklahoma State star finished T9 at the PGA Championship in Tulsa amidst thousands of supporters. Found himself in the final pairing and two shots behind eventual champion Tiger Woods through 36 holes before weekend rounds of 74-71 dropped him out of contention...With four rounds in the 60s, finished T5 in eighth career appearance at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola...Was 4-0-0 for victorious United States Presidents Cup team. 2006: Finished in the top 50 on the money list for the seventh consecutive season, and named as a Captain's Pick by Tom Lehman for the U.S. Ryder Cup squad...T2 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, his 10th career runner-up finish. Entered final round one behind Chad Campbell, but finished with a 1-over-par 73 to place three behind Campbell...In next start, second runner-up finish of the season came as part of a five-way tie, seven strokes behind winner J.B. Holmes at the FBR Open in Phoenix. 2005: First top-10 of the season came at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he finished T2, one behind winner Fred Funk, after playing 31 holes on Monday. Missed an 8-foot par putt on the 72nd hole that would have tied Funk. Just his second top-10 in the event in 13 appearances (T8-2003)...Two strokes back after 36 and 54 holes at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, but recorded a closing one-over 71 to finish second. It was his fourth runner-up finish since winning the 2001 Bell Canadian Open, his last victory on TOUR...Playing in first Presidents Cup, posted a 2-2-1 record for victorious U.S. squad...Finished solo third at THE TOUR Championship, posting four rounds in the 60s. 2004: Despite suffering from plantar fascitis, an ailment in his right foot for much of the year, finished among the top 30 money winners...5-under-par 67 final round at the Ford Championship at Doral forced a playoff with Craig Parry. On the first playoff hole, Parry holed his second shot from the fairway on the par-4 18th for an eagle and the victory over Verplank...Matched his career-best performance in a major with a T7 at the British Open. His other T7 came at the 2001 PGA Championship. 2003: Recorded top-10s at THE PLAYERS Championship (T8), Masters (T8) and U.S. Open (T10)...Recorded first runner-up finish on TOUR since losing a playoff to Robert Damron at the 2001 EDS Byron Nelson Classic by finishing T2 at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. 2002: Named winner of the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, given by the Golf Writers Association of America to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness...Playing in his first Ryder Cup, posted a record of 2-1-0. 2001: Finished in the top 10 on the money list and earned more than $2 million for first time in his career, completing the season with a victory...Opened with an 8-under 62 to take first-round lead at Verizon Byron Nelson Classic. Shared second- and third-round leads after rounds of 67-68. Closing 66 produced playoff with Robert Damron. Damron won playoff with birdie on fourth extra hole...Following T7 at PGA Championship, selected by Curtis Strange as one of two Captain's Choices for Ryder Cup team. First Ryder Cup rookie to make team as Captain's Choice...Three weeks later, earned fourth PGA TOUR victory at Bell Canadian Open. Second-round 63 at Royal Montreal, after an opening 70, lifted him into contention. Third-round 66 put him one stroke ahead of Paul Gow and Dicky Pride. Closing 67 produced three-stroke victory over Bob Estes and Joey Sindelar. 2000: Returned to the winner's circle for the first time since 1988 with victory at Reno-Tahoe Open. Trailed third-round leader Jean Van de Velde by five strokes after 54 holes. Final-round 67 earned a tie with Van de Velde, and Verplank won playoff with an 8-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole. 1999: Made 26 starts, making cut in 19...Finished in the top 10 once during the year with solo eighth at the John Deere Classic. 1998: Lost playoff to Trevor Dodds at Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic on first extra hole...Finished fifth at THE TOUR Championship...Earnings of $1,223,436 placed him 18th on money list, highest finish by Q-School grad since John Daly was 17th in 1991...With Daly, represented United States in World Cup of Golf and won individual title with 9-under-par 279, one stroke better than Nick Faldo and Costantino Rocca...Chosen by his peers as PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year. 1997: Finished as medalist at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to regain PGA TOUR card for 1998. 1996: Required surgery on elbow again and received special medical extension for 1997. 1994: Played first part of season under special medical extension and was able to retain card by finishing 97th on money list. 1992: Missed most of season and the prior year due to first elbow surgery. 1988: Earned second TOUR title at the Buick Open, where a final-round 66 produced two-stroke victory over Doug Tewell. 1985: Became first amateur in 29 years to win a PGA TOUR event (Doug Sanders at 1956 Canadian Open had been the last) when he defeated Jim Thorpe in a playoff at the Western Open. Amateur: 1984 U.S. Amateur and 1986 NCAA Championship winner...Four-time All-American at Oklahoma State...Played on the U.S. Walker Cup team in 1985.

Personal

Co-chair of The Next Level campaign at Oklahoma State, designed to raise funds to improve the OSU football facilities...Suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and wears a pager-sized insulin pump on the course.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

2-3

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (2), 2005, 2007; Ryder Cup (2), 2002, 2006; World Cup (2), 1998, 2004; Walker Cup (1), 1985.

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