2006,Cialis Western Open. 2008,Masters Tournament.
(6): 2000 Vodacom Players Championship [SAfr]. 2003 South African Airways Open [Eur], Dimension Data Pro-Am [SAfr]. 2004 South African Airways Open [Eur], Deutsche Bank-SAP Open TPC of Europe [Eur]. 2007 Nedbank Challenge [SAf].
(1): 2003 World Golf Championships-World Cup [with Rory Sabbatini].
2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes
PGA TOUR Best Round
68 at Round 2, The Honda Classic.
68 at Round 1, Verizon Heritage.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Cialis Western Open, Masters Tournament.
2009 Season Highlights
Was limited to 13 events on the PGA TOUR because of a wrist injury, making the cut in nine starts. Underwent surgery on his left wrist in late October after suffering from tendinitis for much of the season. Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York performed similar wrist procedures on Jim Furyk and Luke Donald... Posted three top-25 finishes, with his best being a T19 at the Transitions Championship in March. Returned to Augusta National to defend his 2008 Masters Tournament title, finishing T20.
2009: Was limited to 13 events on the PGA TOUR because of a wrist injury, making the cut in nine starts. Underwent surgery on his left wrist in late October after suffering from tendinitis for much of the season. Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York performed similar wrist procedures on Jim Furyk and Luke Donald... Posted three top-25 finishes, with his best being a T19 at the Transitions Championship in March. Returned to Augusta National to defend his 2008 Masters Tournament title, finishing T20. 2008: Finished the season ranked No. 16 in the FedExCup standings, with 14 made cuts in 22 starts...Returned to the PGA TOUR at the FBR Open in early February after undergoing surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a benign tumor from behind his ribcage...In ninth start of the season, claimed first major championship title with a three-stroke victory over Tiger Woods at the Masters at age 28 years, 3 months, 28 days. Posted rounds of 68-68-69-75--280 and held or shared the lead after each round. First international player to win the Masters since Canada's Mike Weir (2003) and the second South African, joining three-time champion Gary Player. Sixth South Africa native to win a major championship, joining Gary Player (9), Bobby Locke (4), Ernie Els (3), Nick Price (3) and Retief Goosen (2). Final-round 75 marked the eighth time in Masters Tournament history the champion has posted an over-par score in the final round. The 75 matched Arnold Palmer's in 1962 as the highest winning final-round score in Masters history...Two months after winning the Masters, lost in a three-man playoff to Justin Leonard on the second playoff hole at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Shared second with Robert Allenby. It was his third runner-up finish on TOUR (two in playoffs). He improved his position after the second, third and final rounds to a earn a spot in the playoff with Allenby and Leonard. Birdied 71st and 72nd holes to make playoff...Finished T65 in the second major of the year, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines...Played in all four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events ending the year on a strong note with a T13 at the BMW Championship followed by a T10 finish at THE TOUR Championship. 2007: Won more than $1.8 million and was a member of the International Team at The Presidents Cup...Finished third in first appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Championship. One of four first-time participants to finish among the top-10...Finished third at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, defeating Chad Campbell in the consolation final, 4 and 2. Defeated Thomas Bjorn, Chris DiMarco, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose before falling to champion Henrik Stenson in the semifinals, 3 and 2...Earned a berth on the 2007 Presidents Cup International Team, his second straight time as a member...Did not compete on TOUR after that and ultimately dropped from No. 32 to No. 46 on the money list...Beat Justin Rose by one stroke to win the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa in early December. 2006: Voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year based on a victory at the Cialis Western Open and seventh-place finish on the money list. First rookie since Jerry Pate (1976) to finish 10th or better on the money list. Led all rookies with eight top-10s in 24 starts...Finished second at the Wachovia Championship, losing in a one-hole playoff to Jim Furyk for his best finish on TOUR before winning. Three-putt bogey on the 72nd hole forced the playoff with Furyk, who won with a par on the 18th hole in the playoff...Finished one stroke back of Brett Wetterich at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship to place second for the second consecutive week. Fired an 8-under 64 in the third round to move into a tie for the lead with Adam Scott through 54 holes...Overcame the two-shot lead of Vijay Singh on final day to capture first TOUR event at the Cialis Western Open, punctuated by a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to clinch two-stroke win over Tiger Woods and Mathew Goggin. Posted rounds of 69-66-69-67-271 to become just the sixth player to post four rounds in the 60s since the event moved to Cog Hill in 1991...Withdrew from the British Open to return home for the birth of his first child, Jacob Trevor...T5 at THE TOUR Championship. 2005: Posted first career major championship top-10 with a T5 at the Masters, aided by a third-round 7-under-par 65 that tied Tiger Woods for low third-round honors. Final-round 73 included a double bogey on par-5 13th and the lone ace of the week on the par-3 16th with a 6-iron from 179 yards...Chosen as a Captain's Pick for The Presidents Cup by International Team Captain Gary Player. Had 1-3-0 record...Joined TOUR as a Special Temporary Member after the PGA Championship. 2004: Followed in the footsteps of one of his heroes, Gary Player, when he became the first person since the Black Knight in 1976-77 to successfully defend the South African Airways Open. Came from two strokes back after three rounds to win by three strokes...Earned second win of the season at Deutsche Bank-SAP Open TPC of Europe. 2003: Hit approach shot from 169 yards to 6 inches on the first playoff hole against Tim Clark at the South African Open. Tap-in birdie earned first career victory after three previous runner-up finishes and a two-year exemption on the European Tour...In third career World Golf Championships event, posted first career top-10 on TOUR with a T9 at the NEC Invitational. 2002: Recorded three seconds on the European Tour, at the French Open, Volvo Scandinavian Masters and Omega European Masters. Amateur: Made the cut as an amateur at the 1999 Masters and 2001 Memorial Tournament...Won the 2000 Vodacom Players Championship in his native South Africa...1998 U.S. Public Links champion...Lost in three 1997 finals, at the British Amateur at Royal St George's, the New Zealand Amateur and the U.S. Junior...In 1996 made the South African team at age 17 and played in the Eisenhower Trophy in Chile...First-team AJGA All-American in 1996.
Began playing golf at age 5, following in the footsteps of his golf teaching brother Mark, who is nine years older and the current coach at Columbus (GA) State University. Was a scratch player by age 12 and played the African Junior Golf Association Tour from age 13 to 17...Father, Johan, is the former commissioner of the Sunshine Tour.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
The Presidents Cup (2), 2005, 2007. World Cup (4), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007.