After missing cuts in the first two starts of his season, posted a T5 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open with four sub-par rounds. It marked his third career top-10 in his 11th career start. Was one of four rookies (Alex Prugh, Matt Every and Troy Merritt) to finish in the top 15 at Torrey Pines. Was two behind leader Ben Crane until a double bogey on the 17th hole...Claimed his second runner-up finish in the city of Scottsdale at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one shot behind Hunter Mahan. Had birdie opportunities on the last three holes but couldn't catch Mahan. Previously lost in a playoff to Troy Matteson just down the road at Grayhawk Golf Club in the 2009 Frys.com Open. Had he won at the TPC Scottsdale, would've become the first sponsor invite to do so since Jason Gore, who won the 2005 84 Lumber Classic...Three rounds in the 60s led to a T8 finish at the Verizon Heritage. Made an early final-round charge, playing his first seven holes in 6-under and carding a 6-under 30 on Harbour Town's front nine. Cooled off for a 4-under 67 for his fifth career top-10 finish.
Will play his rookie season on the 2010 PGA TOUR after successfully making it through the 2009 TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Turned pro in 2009 at the Nationwide Tour's Albertsons Boise Open, where he missed the cut by three strokes. Next event was the Soboba Classic, about 30 miles from his hometown of Murietta, CA. Playoff runner-up to Derek Lamely at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. Started the final round five shots behind 54-hole leader Dave Schultz. Held the lead during much of the final round but suffered a bogey at the 72nd hole of regulation to drop into a tie with Lamely and force a playoff. Lost to Lamely when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the second extra hole, missing his par putt of 12 feet. Lamely rolled in a 3-foot par putt to win. In his first start as a professional on the PGA TOUR at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdied the final hole to finish T7 and earn a start at the following week's Frys.com Open. He ranked third in Putts Per Round (27.2) for the week and earned $113,700. At the Frys.com Open in Scottsdale, AZ, reached a three-way playoff with Jamie Lovemark and eventual winner Troy Matteson. Began the final round four strokes behind Matteson, but played his first five holes in 5-under, punctuated by a hole-in-one from 211 yards at the par-3 fifth hole. After finishing T2 in the playoff, he had recorded all eight of his professional rounds in the 60s. Thanks to the T7 in Las Vegas and T2 finish at Grayhawk Golf Club, he surpassed No. 150 from the 2008 money list, earning special temporary membership on TOUR for the remainder of the season. Made five TOUR starts as an amateur, with a T58 at the 2009 FBR Open his best finish. Two-time All-America at Oklahoma State University. Named winner of the Ben Hogan Award as the nation's top collegian after his first year. Also won the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman. Was unbeaten in four matches and helped the United States defeat Great Britain at the 2009 Walker Cup. He had a 3-1 record in the 2007 Walker Cup in Northern Ireland, where he was the youngest player on the victorious U.S. team. Made the cut at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines GC, where he T60. Winner of the Sunnehanna Amateur in 2007 and 2008, becoming only the fourth player to successfully defend a title. Carded an 8-under 64 to win the California State High School Championship as a junior. Won the 2007 California Interscholastic Federation Southern California Regional for the second time by posting a 6-under 66. First-team AJGA All-America in 2005 and 2006. Reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur. Won the CIF Southern California Golf Association Regional as a freshman at Murietta Valley High School with a course-record 10-under 62. His father, Rod, owns a trucking company. Father enjoyed riding dirt bikes and won the 1986 Baja 1000 while racing for a Yamaha team. Gave up serious dirt-bike riding after an accident prior to his freshman year in high school resulted in a couple of broken bones in his foot. His middle name comes from his grandfather, Taka Tanaka. Has a younger sister, Taylor, who attends Cal State-Fullerton. Started playing golf at age 3. Biggest thrill in golf was playing in the Walker Cup. Would most like to play Augusta National. Biggest thrill outside of golf is being in the air on his bike. Favorite TV show is "Two and a Half Men." Favorite movie is "Dumb & Dumber." Favorite entertainer is Larry the Cable Guy. Favorite book is the Bible. Favorite food is sushi and Mexican. Favorite cities are Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney. Favorite vacation spots are Australia and South Africa.
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