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Woody Austin

  • Birthplace: Tampa, FL
  • Residence: Derby, KS; plays out of Wolf Creek GC, Wichita CC and Willowbend GC
  • Birth Date: January 27, 1964
  • height: 6-0
  • Turned Pro: 1986

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PGA TOUR Victories

(3) 1995,Buick Open. 2004,Buick Championship. 2007,Stanford St. Jude Championship.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,057,033 (60)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T6-- Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. T8-- Buick Open. 9-- St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx.

PGA TOUR Best Round

63 at Round 1, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

PGA TOUR Highlights

First-round co-leader with Steve Stricker and Tim Clark after a 63 at Crowne Plaza Invitational and eventually finished T6...Was five strokes off the 54-hole lead (T5) at the St. Jude Classic. Final-round 69 at TPC Southwind left him ninth in Memphis...Has seven top-10s and 11 top-25s in 15 starts at Buick Open after posting a T8.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Buick Open, Buick Championship, Stanford St. Jude Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Made the cut in 24 or 30 starts on his way to finishing No. 58 in the FedExCup standings. Surpassed $2 million in earnings for the second time in his career, thanks to six top-10 finishes (the most since a career-best seven during his rookie season in 1995)...Finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Toru Taniguchi (6 and 5), Adam Scott (19 holes) and Boo Weekley (3 and 2), before falling to Henrik Stenson, 2 up, in the quarterfinals...Collected his third career top-10 at the Zurich Classic with a T4. Needed to birdie the last to tie eventual winner Andres Romero, but hit his third shot in the water and made double bogey...Recorded his third top-5 finish of the season with a T2 at the Buick Open. Took the lead on Sunday with a birdie at the par-5 16th, but bogeys at the final two holes, including a three-putt at the 72nd, left him one stroke shy of winner Kenny Perry. Played holes 12-16 in 17-under par on the week. Became the fourth player in Buick Open history to record back-to-back runner-up finishes...Two weeks later, finished T9 at the John Deere Classic in his 13th appearance in Moline, IL...Recorded four rounds in the 60s at Annandale Golf Club to finish T8 at the Viking Classic. It was his third top-10 in Madison in nine career starts...Despite an opening-round 74, posted three consecutive 69s to finish T3 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship...Posted sub-70 scores in 17 of his last 20 rounds to finish the season.

Career Highlights

2007: Shot an 8-under-par 62 in the final round to win the Stanford St. Jude Championship. The five-stroke victory was the third of his career and the first since 2004. Trailed third-round leader Adam Scott by four and recorded the best final round on TOUR since Brad Faxon shot a 61 to win the 2006 Buick Championship. Entered the event with five missed cuts and a best finish of T18 in 2007...Three weeks later, finished T2 at the Buick Open, an event he won in 1995, one stroke behind Brian Bateman. With that 1995 victory, won a Buick Riviera which he still has today. Claims it to be in "excellent shape" with only 37,000 miles...Recorded his career-best finish in a major, placing second to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. Was within one of Woods on the back nine on Sunday and finished with a final-round 67, two behind. Was the only player in the field to record all four rounds at par or better. Finish improved his position from 18th to 10th in The Presidents Cup standings, thereby making his first national team competition. 2005: T3 finish at the Valero Texas Open was his best performance of the year. In San Antonio, held the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career and was in the final grouping for only the second time in his career, the other coming earlier in 2005 while defending his title at the Buick Championship. 2004: Earned a victory for the first time since his rookie season of 1995, a period of more than nine years, and went over the $1-million mark for the second straight season...Second TOUR victory came in August at the Buick Championship, his 301st career start. After opening 68-70-66, trailed leader Fred Funk by three strokes. Posted a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to finish tied with Tim Herron at 10-under-par 270. Defeated Herron with a birdie-3 on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. 2003: Finished in the top-50 for the first time since 1996. Earned more than $1 million for the first time in his career, with $1,518,707...Runner-up to Davis Love III at MCI Heritage, falling on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff. Missed two putts inside 10 feet that would have clinched title on second and third playoff holes. Runner-up finish was best since playoff win over Mike Brisky at 1995 Buick Open. 2002: With four sub-par rounds, finished T10 at the Reno-Tahoe Open, first top-10 since T8 at the 2001 INTERNATIONAL. Finished T26 at the Qualifying Tournament to return to the PGA TOUR in 2003. 2001: A late surge earned playing card for 2002 by finishing 125th in earnings; second time in last three years he retained playing privileges with good play late in season. Made cut his last three events, including T16 in National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World...Only two top-10s came in consecutive starts, a T8 at John Deere Classic followed by a solo eighth in The INTERNATIONAL. 2000: Collected $485,589 in prize money and had three top-10s...Missed the cut in his first six tournaments. Finished T7 in seventh start at the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open...At Buick Open, 1995 winner finished T4, worth $118,000, moving from 108th on the TOUR money list to 81st, enough to keep his card. 1999: Made successful return to PGA TOUR, playing in 30 events and making the cut in 20 of those...Lone top-10 of the year came at the Reno-Tahoe Open where he finished T9...Finished 121st on the money list to retain his card. 1998: Played mainly on Nationwide Tour and was first in scoring average (69.61) on way to eighth-place finish on money list to regain TOUR playing privileges. 1997: Lost his card after finishing 180th on the money list. 1996: Was among top-25 in 15 events and among top-10 in five events...Shared U.S. Open first-round lead with Payne Stewart at 67...In defense of title, finished T3 at Buick Open. 1995: Earned PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. One of three rookies to qualify for THE TOUR Championship...Highlight was a playoff victory over Mike Brisky at Buick Open. Opening 63 gave him two-stroke lead, but lost his advantage to Payne Stewart after second round. Final-round 68 earned spot in playoff, which he won with par on first extra hole. Win was worth $216,000...Made 10 of 12 cuts leading up to TOUR Championship, where he finished fourth. 1994: Made his debut on the PGA TOUR by capturing the 1994 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Finished 23rd on Nationwide Tour money list... Played in Japan (1989-90) and on mini-tours (1992-93).

Personal

Tore tendons and cartilage in left knee during 1987 Qualifying Tournament. Injury sidelined him for two years. Originally injured knee as 11-year old playing Little League baseball...Worked for years as credit-union teller during offseason. Also worked in supplies department at Eckerd Drug...After falling to Davis Love III in a playoff at the 2003 MCI Heritage, said of his previous struggles: "It's just so much fun to actually be in the game again and show people that I do know how to play the game and hit quality shots. I had numerous chances, and it just wasn't my day."

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

2-1

Other Information

Tied for the lead in starts (36) with Kenneth Staton during the 2002 season. Only top-10 was a T10 at the Reno-Tahoe Open, his first since a T8 at the 2001 INTERNATIONAL Presented By Qwest. Earned his way back to the TOUR in 2003 via a T26 finish at the Qualifying Tournament. A late surge in 2001 earned playing card for 2002 by finishing 125th in earnings; second time in last three years he had retained playing privileges with good play late in season. In 2000, returned to the top 100 on TOUR money list for the first time since 1996. Collected $485,589 in prize money and had three top-10s, his best total since 1996, when he registered five in his second TOUR season. The winner of the 1995 Buick Open matched his career-low first round at 1995 Buick Open with a 63 in the first round of the 2000 event to take a two-stroke lead at Warwick Hills G&CC. Made 11 birdies and needed only 22 putts. Maintained two-shot lead after 36 holes with a 67 the next day. Rounds of 73-70 on the weekend resulted in T4 finish, worth $118,000 -- moving him from 108th on the TOUR money list to 81st, enough to keep his playing card. Recorded a hole-in-one at the 2000 John Deere Classic. Made successful return to PGA TOUR in 1999, playing in 30 events and making the cut in 20 of those. Played mainly on Nationwide Tour in 1998 and was first in scoring average (69.61) on way to eighth-place finish on money list to regain PGA TOUR playing privileges. Lost his card in 1997 after finishing 180th on the money list. Had a consistent year in 1996, finishing among top-25 in more than half the events in which he made the cut. Was among top-25 in 15 events and among top-10 in five events. Posted T6 in Phoenix after leading through 36 holes. Shared U.S. Open first-round lead with Payne Stewart with 67. Earned 1995 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. One of three rookies to qualify for THE TOUR Championship that year. Highlight was his playoff victory over Mike Brisky at Buick Open. Opening 63 gave him two-stroke lead, but lost his advantage to Payne Stewart after second round. Was tied for sixth after 54 holes, three strokes behind Jeff Sluman. Final-round 68 earned spot in playoff, which he won with par on first extra hole. Win was worth $216,000. First career top-10 finish was T6 at 1995 Northern Telecom Open. Made 10 of 12 cuts leading up to TOUR Championship, where he finished fourth. Made his debut on the PGA TOUR by capturing the 1994 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Finished 23rd on Nationwide Tour money list that year. Played in Japan (1989-90) and on mini-tours (1992-93).

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (1), 2007.

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