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Mike Small

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
19
Current Position
To Par: +12
Total Strokes: 73 - 71 - 70 - 78 : 292
T50   T69
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Aurora, Ill.
  • Residence: Champaign, IL
  • Age: 45
  • Turned Pro: 1990

Since 2000, has served as head men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois in Champaign. . .Winner of the 2005, 2009 and 2010 PGA Professional National Championships. . .Finished T-8 in 2011 PGA Professional National Championship. . .Rallied to win National Championships in 2005 and 2009, and was the 54-hole leader in 2010, before holding on to win at French Lick (Ind.) Resort to tie the all-time Championship mark held by the late Larry Gilbert with three national titles. . .Performance in the National Championship also includes finishing runner-up in the 2004; was fourth in 2006 and tied for runner-up in 2007. . . Competed on winning 2009 U.S. PGA Cup Team after previously competing on the 2005, ’07 Teams. . Winner, 2006, ’07 PGA Professional Player of the Year. . .Finished as Low Club Professional at the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., accomplished the feat after winning the Illinois Open four days earlier and flying to Southern Hills to compete. . . Is the only player in Illinois PGA history to win the Illinois Open Championship and Illinois PGA Championship in the same year (2003, 2005-07). . .In 2010, began the year by finishing tied for 17th in the Mayacoba Classic in Mexico, one of six PGA Tour events that he earned an exemption by winning the 2009 National Championship. . .Guided the University of Illinois to a second consecutive Big Ten Conference Championship, and watched as Illini junior Scott Langley won the NCAA individual title and shared low amateur honors in the U.S. Open. . .In 2009, coached Illinois to its first Big Ten championship since 1988, when Small was a teammate with current PGA Tour star Steve Stricker. . . Has led Illinois to the NCAA Championships five times in the past eight seasons. . Earned his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award in 2002, and is a two-time 2003, ’09 Midwest Region Coach of the Year. . .Competed in the 1994, ’98 and 2007 U.S. Open. . .Winner of a record nine Illinois PGA Championship, including eight straight - 2001, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, and ’10 . . .Winner, 2003, ’05, ’06, ’07 Illinois Open. . .Finished tied for 27th in the 2004 Cialis Western Open and tied for 50th in 2005. . .Tied for fourth in the 2003 Northern PGA Club Professional Championship, tied for seventh in 2004 and finished second in 2001 . . . Competed on the former Nike Tour, winning the 1997 Monterey Open and the 1997 Cleveland Open. . .Has recorded two double eagles and four holes-in-one. . .Was a member of the PGA Tour in 1998, and owns a career-best tie for ninth place in the 1998 Bell Canadian Open. . .Is the only member of the Illinois PGA Section to win the PGA Professional National Championship… Followed the tradition of his father, Bill, as a captain of an Illini sports team. Bill served as captain of the Fighting Illini’s 1963 Big Ten Champion men’s basketball team, while Mike was captain of the golf team in 1989, and younger brother, Andy, was an infielder on the 1990 Big Ten Champion baseball squad and also served as team captain. . .College teammate and close friend of Steve Stricker. . Stricker and Small served as a groomsman in each other’s wedding.