The Honda Classic. 3--
World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. T5--
Verizon Heritage. T8--
Waste Management Phoenix Open.
PGA TOUR Best Round
62 at Round 1, Waste Management Phoenix Open.
PGA TOUR Highlights
Defeated Sergio Garcia 5 and 4 in the third-place match at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, his best career finish in a World Golf Championships event. Had returned earlier in the day to complete a semifinal match against Paul Casey after it was delayed due to darkness at the 23rd hole the night before. Made a bogey at the 24th hole to lose to Casey, who eventually lost the final to Ian Poulter. Recorded six eagles during the week, the most during the tournament, surpassing Paul Casey's four eagles in 2009...Fired a career-best, 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after chipping in for birdie at the last hole en route to a T8...Shot a final-round 68 to win The Honda Classic by five strokes over Anthony Kim for his third PGA TOUR victory. It completed a week that began with a new Nationwide Tour event in his home country of Colombia. Participated in the pro-am at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open on Tuesday and flew to Florida on Wednesday morning. Finished at 13-under 267, the lowest 72-hole score since the tournament moved to PGA National in 2007, four shots better than Y.E. Yang's winning total in 2009. Led by only two after Vijay Singh made a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fifth, but three straight birdies - starting with a 25-footer on No. 8 - sent him to 15-under and six shots clear of the field. Despite three back-nine bogeys, he still cruised to the win...Finished T5 at the Verizon Heritage and was one of just five players to post four sub-par rounds. Equaled a personal best at Harbour Town with a third-round 4-under 67, the fifth time he has shot that score in five starts at the event.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
BMW Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, The Honda Classic.
2009 Season Highlights
Finished 42nd in the FedExCup standings and equaled a career high with 10 top-25 finishes...Posted three of his four top-10 finishes in first six starts of the year...Finished T3 at the Buick Invitational with a 2-over weekend after holding a one-stroke, 36-hole lead over John Rollins. First-round 63 (North Course) was low round of the tournament...Finished T9 after a 2-and-1 loss to eventual champion Geoff Ogilvy in the third round of the Accenture Match Play Championship...Finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship...In defense of BMW Championship, finished T8, aided by a final-round 66, to end his PGA TOUR Playoff run at 42nd...Made his Presidents Cup debut for the International Team at Harding Park in San Francisco. Had an 0-4-0 record.
2009: Finished 42nd in the FedExCup standings and equaled a career high with 10 top-25 finishes...Posted three of his four top-10 finishes in first six starts of the year...Finished T3 at the Buick Invitational with a 2-over weekend after holding a one-stroke, 36-hole lead over John Rollins. First-round 63 (North Course) was low round of the tournament...Finished T9 after a 2-and-1 loss to eventual champion Geoff Ogilvy in the third round of the Accenture Match Play Championship...Finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship...In defense of BMW Championship, finished T8, aided by a final-round 66, to end his PGA TOUR Playoff run at 42nd...Made his Presidents Cup debut for the International Team at Harding Park in San Francisco. Had an 0-4-0 record. 2008: At age 26, turned in a career season with two victories (BMW Championship and THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola) and a second-place finish in the FedExCup standings. Posted career-best numbers with 19 (out of 22) made cuts, 10 top-25 finishes and seven top-10 finishes...Posted his third top-10 in his last six starts with a T9 finish at the U.S. Open, his first top-10 in a major championship. It was his 14th career top-10...Finished T4 at the PGA Championship, thanks to weekend rounds of 67-68...T3 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship included a third-round 63 that moved him from T22 to second. Matched his career low round, shot in the first round of the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston...Became the first Colombian to win on the PGA TOUR with a two-stroke win over Dudley Hart at the BMW Championship. Jumped to the first-round lead with a 5-under 65 and led after every round, adding rounds of 66-66-68 to become just the second wire-to-wire winner of the season and only the third at the BMW Championship since 1934. In the middle of the back nine, made a 12-foot par putt on the 12th hole, sank a 10-foot birdie on the 13th hole and a 35-foot birdie on the 14th to increase his lead to four strokes during a week when he led the field in putting. Collected 11,000 FedExCup points, as well as a career-best $1,260,000, to move from No. 25 to No. 2 on the points list behind Vijay Singh...Two-putted for par on the first playoff hole to beat Sergio Garcia at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Overcame a five-shot deficit with six birdies on his final 11 holes of regulation and captured his second straight victory. He shot a final-round 66. In a four-man race coming to the final holes, caught Garcia with a 7-iron from 184 yards to 12 feet on the 17th, then twice hit lag putts from 45 feet for par on the 233-yard 18th-once in regulation to finish at 7-under 273, then in the playoff to win. With second-place FedExCup finish, was awarded a $3-million bonus. 2007: Earned more than $1.8 million and ended the year with three top-10 finishes during the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup...After a slow start, finished T2 after a four-man playoff at The Honda Classic. Posted a final-round 66 to tie Mark Wilson, Jose Coceres and Boo Weekley at 5-under-par 275. Eliminated from playoff on second extra hole on Monday morning after he and Weekley made bogeys on the par-4 10th hole. Earned a career-best $410,666...Second top-10 was a T3 at the AT&T Classic, three shots out of the Zach Johnson and Ryuji Imada playoff...Held the first-round lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship after a career-best 8-under 63, but finished T9...Finished T7 at the BMW Championship, moving from 34th to 28th in the FedExCup standings, thereby qualifying for THE TOUR Championship...Finished T9 in first career start at THE TOUR Championship to finish 24th in the final FedExCup standings. It was his third consecutive top-10 finish during the Playoffs...Collected his first title on the Japan Golf Tour in late September. Rolled in a 20-footer for birdie on the second playoff hole to beat Toyokazu Fujishima at the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic in Miyoshi, Japan. 2006: Rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing 13th on the 2005 Nationwide Tour money list...In first start fired a 64 during second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Was two back through 36 holes, but finished T42...First top-10 of the season came at the FBR Open. Finished in five-way tie for second, seven strokes behind winning rookie J.B. Holmes...Added a second runner-up at the Ford Championship at Doral, finishing tied for second with David Toms, one stroke behind Tiger Woods. Shared second-round lead with Woods, Phil Mickelson and Scott Verplank...Earned a spot into the PLAYERS Championship when Chris DiMarco withdrew with an injury. He closed with a 71 and finished in a four-way tie for third to earn a season-best $384,000. Moved to 11th on the money list, one spot away from a top-10 qualification for the Masters ($94,971 short)...Represented Colombia with Manuel Merizalde in the World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup. 2005: Finished 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list...Started the year with no status on the Nationwide Tour, gained Special Temporary Membership with five top-10s in his first 10 starts of the season...Tied for second on Tour with nine top-10s, but could not crack the winner's circle. 2004: Turned professional in early June and played on Sponsor Exemptions for the rest of the season...Made five of 10 cuts on the PGA TOUR, finishing T7 at the B.C. Open and 12th at the Deutsche Bank Championship...Winner by 10 strokes at the 2004 Forest Oaks Championship on the Hooters Winter Tour...Qualified for his first TOUR event at the U.S. Open, missed the cut. Amateur: Four-time All-American at the University of Florida, including earning first-team honors in 2001, 2002 and 2004...NCAA Academic All-American in 2002 and 2003...SEC Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004...Earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2001, 2002 and 2004...2001 SEC Freshman of the Year...Posted eight collegiate victories...2003 Players Amateur Champion...Co-medalist with Kevin Stadler at the 2002 Western Amateur (stroke-play portion)...Was the 2001 Colombian Open champion and also won the 1999 Orange Bowl Junior.
Popularity in native Colombia caused Colombian TV to pick up 30 PGA TOUR golf broadcasts beginning in 2006...Featured in the July 2006 issue of GQ. Says the article in GQ, "He's got a closet full of tight trousers, a set of boxer's biceps and more screaming female fans than Justin Timberlake."...Was selected as one of People Magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2006. Was the only professional athlete chosen for People's feature...In 2005, started using a low-to-the-ground crouching method to better read putts...His brother Manny previously was a member of the University of Florida golf team...Among his charitable efforts was taking part in "Caddy for a Cure" at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
The Presidents Cup (1), 2009; World Cup (1), 2006.
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