Posted third consecutive top-10 finish at Northern Trust Open with a T3 (T6-2009, T7-2008), three strokes behind winner Steve Stricker. Was the only player in the field to post four rounds in the 60s...Came back the following week with a T2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, one stroke behind winner Dustin Johnson. Tied for the lead at 15-under with Johnson and David Duval, failed to birdie the par-5 18th hole after driving in the right rough. In the next and final group, Johnson birdied the closing hole to win. Attributed much of his success to a new-found confidence in putting after getting instruction from Dave Stockton in late January. Returned to using a standard-length putter at that time.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
FBR Open, FBR Open.
2009 Season Highlights
Bounced back from a 2-over 73 in the first round of the Northern Trust Open with rounds of 67-64-68 to finish T6, his first top-10 of the season (six starts). Third-round 64 matched his career-low round...Earned season-best finish after shooting 11-under 277 at Shell Houston Open. Waited 2 hours, 40 minutes after posting his score to join Paul Casey in a playoff. Hit tee shot at first extra hole into water hazard to lose title to Casey's bogey. Was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds below par.
2009: Bounced back from a 2-over 73 in the first round of the Northern Trust Open with rounds of 67-64-68 to finish T6, his first top-10 of the season (six starts). Third-round 64 matched his career-low round...Earned season-best finish after shooting 11-under 277 at Shell Houston Open. Waited 2 hours, 40 minutes after posting his score to join Paul Casey in a playoff. Hit tee shot at first extra hole into water hazard to lose title to Casey's bogey. Was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds below par. 2008: Recorded 19 made cuts in 26 events, including his second career win and a career-best nine top-25 finishes. Finished a career-best 32nd on the money list to break the $2-million barrier for the first time...Sank a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff and then birdied it again from 8 feet on the first playoff hole to beat Phil Mickelson and win the FBR Open. At the site where he won his first PGA TOUR title as a rookie in 2006, lost a four-stroke lead and was one shot behind going to the 18th. Smashed a 350-yard drive in the left rough on the finishing hole on the way to a tying birdie and then a 359-yarder on the first playoff hole...Kept momentum going two weeks later when a second-round 66 and a third-round 69 landed a T7 finish at the Northern Trust Open...Recorded his third top-10 of the season with a T10 finish at THE PLAYERS. Finished second in the field in birdies (19) and had three of the four longest drives of the week (352, 362 and 372 yards, all on No. 1)...Earned 2.5 points to help lead the United States Team to a victory at the 37th Ryder Cup, including a Singles victory over Soren Hansen. One of six rookies on the 2008 Ryder Cup team. 2007: Recorded three top-10s to finish 118th on the money list...Finished T4 in first appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Championship. One of four first-time participants to finish among the top-10...His next top-10 finish was a T8 at the PODS Championship...Ended the year on a high note with a T9 finish at the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Walmart...Was third in Driving Distance on TOUR, averaging 312.6 yards. 2006: Rookie won early in the season at the FBR Open and collected more than $1.4 million...Opened the year with a T10 finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii, his first start as a TOUR member. Was only two back of the leaders through 36 holes, but could not catch a hot David Toms (61-65) on the weekend...In fourth start of the season, fifth as a professional, earned his first TOUR victory at the FBR Open. Led J.J. Henry and Ryan Palmer by one stroke through 54 holes prior to winning by seven strokes, the largest victory margin in a player's first TOUR win since Jose Maria Olazabal won the 1990 NEC World Series of Golf by 12 strokes. Tied with Ryan Palmer through 10 holes, took one-stroke lead after Palmer's bogey on the par-4 11th hole. Increased lead to six with eagle on par-5 15th hole, while Palmer posted triple bogey. Posted all four rounds in the 60s. Recorded a career-best 64 in the second round. Became first rookie to win on TOUR in 2006 and topped Retief Goosen's record of becoming the fastest player to win $1 million in TOUR history as a member-four events. Went from not being ranked in Official World Golf Ranking at beginning of season to World No. 77 after the win...Also finished T13 at the INTERNATIONAL and T21 at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort...Placed second behind Bubba Watson in Driving Distance on TOUR, averaging 318.8 yards per drive to Watson's 319.6. 2005: Medalist at the Qualifying Tournament. Made it through all three stages in his first trip to Q-School. Finished at 24-under 408 at the finals to defeat Alex Cejka by three strokes...Made only two career TOUR starts, at the 2003 U.S. Open (as an amateur) and 2005 Southern Farm Bureau Classic (professional) before going to Q-school. Amateur: Turned professional in summer of 2005 after helping the United States win the Walker Cup in August...Led University of Kentucky to its first SEC golf championship...Earned first team (2004), second team (2005), third team (2002) and honorable mention (2003) All-America honors...Was 2005 SEC Player of the Year and first-team all-SEC in 2002 and 2004-05...Academic All-America in 2004-05...Member of the winning 2005 Walker Cup team and 2005 Palmer Cup team.
Grew up playing baseball until he played his first junior tournament and won his first four tournaments...Was on Taylor County (KY) High School golf team as a third-grader, was No. 1 or No. 2 man by fifth grade and won Kentucky high school title as a sophomore.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing as medalist at the 2005 Qualifying Tournament. Made it through all three stages in his first trip to Q-School and finished at 24-under 408 to defeat Alex Cejka by three strokes. Turned professional in summer of 2005 after a very successful college career. Earned first team (2004), second team (2005), third team (2002) and honorable mention (2003) All-America honors in his four years. Was 2005 SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC in 2002 and 2004-05. Academic All-America in 2004-05. Member of the winning 2005 Walker Cup team along with TOUR rookies and Q-School qualifiers Jeff Overton and Nicholas Thompson. Missed cut in only two TOUR starts-2003 U.S. Open and 2005 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Grew up playing baseball until he played his first junior tour and won his first four tournaments. Known for his compact swing and long drives.
Ryder Cup (1), 2008; Walker Cup (1), 2005.
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