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Ryan Palmer

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
8
Current Position
To Par: -1
Total Strokes: 71 - 68 - 75 - 73 : 287
T41   T33
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Amarillo, TX
  • Residence: Colleyville, TX
  • Age: 33
  • Turned Pro: 2000

PGA TOUR Victories

(3) 2004,FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort. 2008,Ginn sur Mer Classic. 2010,Sony Open in Hawaii.

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,162,202 (21)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

1-- Sony Open in Hawaii.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 3, Bob Hope Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Birdied the par-5 18th hole to edge Robert Allenby and win the Sony Open in Hawaii. His chip from 50 feet short of the 18th green struck the pin squarely, and instead of running about 8 feet past the hole, it settled a few inches away. He tapped in for a birdie and a 4-under 66, giving him a one-shot victory when Allenby missed a 10-foot birdie putt. Was inspired to "stay in the moment" earlier in the week after reading an article about defening Sony Open in Hawaii champion Zach Johnson. The victory, the third of his career, came by leading or sharing the lead after every round.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, Ginn sur Mer Classic, Sony Open in Hawaii.

2009 Season Highlights

After arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the off-season, he had four top-25s and one top-10 finish...Entered final round of the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open in second place and four strokes back of leader and eventual winner John Rollins, who is his neighbor in Colleyville, TX. Shot a 1-over 73 to finish T5. During third-round 66 he said he "kind of got smart for a change" and used the rules of golf to his advantage when he borrowed his caddie's sneakers to play a shot while standing on a cart path at hole No. 15 instead of standing in his own spiked golf shoes...Shot second-round 63 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for a season-low score that was one shy of his career best...Finished season No. 150 on the money list.

Career Highlights

2009: After arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the off-season, he had four top-25s and one top-10 finish...Entered final round of the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open in second place and four strokes back of leader and eventual winner John Rollins, who is his neighbor in Colleyville, TX. Shot a 1-over 73 to finish T5. During third-round 66 he said he "kind of got smart for a change" and used the rules of golf to his advantage when he borrowed his caddie's sneakers to play a shot while standing on a cart path at hole No. 15 instead of standing in his own spiked golf shoes...Shot second-round 63 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for a season-low score that was one shy of his career best...Finished season No. 150 on the money list. 2008: Claimed second career PGA TOUR win at the Ginn sur Mer Classic in the PGA TOUR Fall Series. Posted two additional top-10 finishes en route to 68th place on money list...Sank a 10-foot birdie on the 18th hole to break out of a six-way tie for the lead and win the Ginn sur Mer Classic. Ranked No. 143 on the money list with two tournaments remaining. Had to call a penalty on himself and made bogey on the 10th hole, then took double bogey on the next hole with a tee shot into the water. But he rebounded with a birdie on the final hole at Ginn Ocean Hammock Resort for his second career victory. Michael Letzig, the 54-hole leader, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff. But his wedge spun 35 feet down the slope, and he had to settle for par and a 73 to finish one shot behind along with George McNeill, Nicholas Thompson, Ken Duke and Vaughn Taylor. 2007: In 21st start of the season, finished T3 at the Canadian Open aided by a final-round 5-under-par 66. It was his first top-10 since a solo fifth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Jumped inside the top 144 on the FedExCup points list from 188th to 127th. 2006: Another solid season, making 20 cuts in 30 tournaments entered and collecting more than $1 millions in season earnings...Notched first top-10 of 2006 with a T10 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic...Added second top-10 with a five-way tie for second at the FBR Open, seven strokes behind winner J.B. Holmes. Shared lead with Holmes through 10 holes on Sunday at 17-under. Fell one behind Holmes after a bogey on the par-4 11th hole, then dropped six back after triple bogeying the par-5 15th hole while Holmes eagled it...Finished T10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Three off the 54-hole lead, posted a final-round 73 to fall from contention...Finished fifth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, four back of Davis Love III. His $200,000 payday lifted him over the $1-million mark for the third time in his three-year TOUR career. 2005: Made his first start in the Masters and only his second start in a major championship. Finished T39 in Augusta...First top-10 of the season was a T2 at the B.C. Open, thanks to a pair of 67s on the weekend. It was his best finish since winning the 2004 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort...Made his first start in a World Golf Championships event at the NEC Invitational in Akron and finished T3, thanks to weekend rounds of 67-69...Defending champion at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort and finished T3 aided by a closing 8-under 64. 2004: The rookie posted his first tournament title in his 34th career start on the PGA TOUR at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. Was five strokes back through 54 holes but closed with a career-best 10-under 62 to win by three...Shared first-round lead with Tiger Woods at Deutsche Bank Championship after a 65. Eventually finished T17...Ended the season on a high note, beginning with a runner-up finish at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Posted four rounds in the 60s in a single event for the first time in his career, including a final-round 64 at Annandale GC. Three weeks later won his first tournament title in Orlando. 2003: Made the cut in 18 of 24 appearances on the Nationwide Tour and enjoyed six top-10s and 10 top-25 finishes. Finished the season No. 6 on the final money list with $286,066...Earned his first career Nationwide Tour win at the 2003 Clearwater Classic in New Zealand in just his second Tour start. Fired a course-record, 9-under 63 in the second round at the Clearwater Resort. 2002: First start on the TOUR as a professional came at the 2002 Valero Texas Open...Played the 2002 Tight Lies Tour in 2002 and made the cut in all 15 events he entered. Won four times in 2002 on the Tight Lies Tour and was the leading money winner with $81,634. Won the Valley Open (Harlingen, TX) and Sprint PCS Open (Tyler, TX) in consecutive weeks. Added victories in Lake Charles, LA, and Hattiesburg, MS, to close the year. Amateur: Played practice round with Payne Stewart at the 1998 U.S. Open, where he posted rounds of 82-73 but missed the cut.

Personal

Has established a fund through the Northern Texas PGA to help junior golfers with financial needs pay for tournament fees or NTPGA membership dues. Nominations for recipients of a grant from the Ryan Palmer Foundation are funneled through the NTPGA. In November 2009, the Palmer Foundation gave $100,000 to The Children's Hospital at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, TX to build the Ryan Palmer Foundation Healing Garden, which includes a nine-hole putting green. Palmer will also donate $50 per birdie and $100 per eagle to the hospital in 2010 as a part of Birdies 4 "Brighter Smiles." Web site is ryanpalmerfoundation.org.

Other Information

In 21st start of the 2007 season, finished T3 at the Canadian Open aided by a final-round, 5-under-par 66. It was his first top-10 since a solo fifth at the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Jumped inside the top 150 on the money list, moving from 189th to 129th. In 2006, made 20 cuts in 30 tournaments entered and collected more than $1 million. Best finish was a five-way tie for second at the FBR Open, seven strokes behind winner J.B. Holmes. Shared lead with Holmes through 10 holes on Sunday at 17-under. Fell one behind Holmes after a bogey on the par-4 11th hole, then dropped six back after triple bogeying the par-5 15th hole while Holmes eagled it. In 2005, made his first start in the Masters and only his second start in a major championship. Finished T39 in Augusta. First top-10 of the season was a T2 at the B.C. Open, thanks to a pair of 67s on the weekend. It was his best finish since winning the 2004 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Made his first start in a World Golf Championships event at the 2005 NEC Invitational in Akron and finished T3. Defending champion at the 2005 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort finished T3, aided by a closing 8-under 64. The rookie posted his first tournament title in his 34th career TOUR start in 2004 at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. Was five strokes back through 54 holes but closed with a career-best 10-under 62 to win by three. Three weeks earlier, runner-up at the 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Posted four rounds in the 60s in a single event for the first time in his career, including a final-round 64 at Annandale GC. Made the cut in 18 of 24 appearances on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and enjoyed six top-10s and 10 top-25s. Finished the season No. 6 on the money list. Earned his first career Nationwide Tour win at the 2003 Clearwater Classic in New Zealand in just his second Tour start. Fired a course-record, 9-under 63 in the second round at the Clearwater Resort. First start on the TOUR as a professional came at the 2002 Valero Texas Open. Played the 2002 Tight Lies Tour and made the cut in all 15 events entered. Won four times in 2002 on the Tight Lies Tour and was the leading money winner with $81,634. Won the 2002 Valley Open (Harlingen, TX) and 2002 Sprint PCS Open (Tyler, TX) in consecutive weeks. Added victories in Lake Charles, LA, and Hattiesburg, MS, to close the year. As an amateur, played practice round with Payne Stewart at the 1998 U.S. Open where he posted rounds of 82-73 but missed the cut.