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Rory Sabbatini

South AfricaSouth Africa

Start Position
18
Current Position
To Par: +15
Total Strokes: 73 - 69 - 73 - 80 : 295
T56   T74
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
  • Residence: Fort Worth, TX
  • Age: 35
  • Turned Pro: 1998

PGA TOUR Victories

(5) 2000,Air Canada Championship. 2003,FBR Capital Open. 2006,Nissan Open. 2007,Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 2009,HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Other Victories

(1): 2003 World Golf Championships-World Cup [with Trevor Immelman].

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$861,526 (30)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

2-- SBS Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

63 at Round 4, SBS Championship.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Entered the final round six strokes behind tournament leader Lucas Glover, but proceeded to card the round of the week with a 10-under 63, falling just one stroke shy of champion Geoff Ogilvy at the season-opening SBS Championship. The runner-up finish was his second at Kapalua (2001) and the 50th top-10 finish of his career.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Air Canada Championship, FBR Capital Open, Nissan Open, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, HP Byron Nelson Championship.

2009 Season Highlights

Made the cut in 17 of 25 starts, with a victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and a top-20 finish on the money list (No. 18) for the fourth time in his career...Posted T12 finishes in his first two starts of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii and FBR Open...Recorded his third top-10 finish in four years, and the first of the season, at the Northern Trust Open with a T6 finish, just two years after winning the tournament...T8 at the Verizon Heritage with a 5-under 66 in the final round...Recorded a T2 finish a week later at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the 12th runner-up finish of his career. It was his first time playing the event since finishing T54 in 2000...Won the HP Byron Nelson Championship by two strokes over Brian Davis with a tournament record 19-under 261 for his first victory since the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, a stretch of 44 starts. Became the 14th player to win both the Nelson and Colonial during a career. His 64 was the lowest final-round score by a winner at the HP Byron Nelson since Peter Thomson's 63 in 1956. Ranked No. 1 in putting for the week...First-round co-leader with Steve Marino after posting a 5-under-par 66 at the BMW Championship, the third event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs. Finished T18 to end his Playoff run at 34th in final FedExCup standings...Teamed with Richard Sterne to represent South Africa in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in late November.

Career Highlights

2009: Made the cut in 17 of 25 starts, with a victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and a top-20 finish on the money list (No. 18) for the fourth time in his career...Posted T12 finishes in his first two starts of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii and FBR Open...Recorded his third top-10 finish in four years, and the first of the season, at the Northern Trust Open with a T6 finish, just two years after winning the tournament...T8 at the Verizon Heritage with a 5-under 66 in the final round...Recorded a T2 finish a week later at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the 12th runner-up finish of his career. It was his first time playing the event since finishing T54 in 2000...Won the HP Byron Nelson Championship by two strokes over Brian Davis with a tournament record 19-under 261 for his first victory since the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, a stretch of 44 starts. Became the 14th player to win both the Nelson and Colonial during a career. His 64 was the lowest final-round score by a winner at the HP Byron Nelson since Peter Thomson's 63 in 1956. Ranked No. 1 in putting for the week...First-round co-leader with Steve Marino after posting a 5-under-par 66 at the BMW Championship, the third event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs. Finished T18 to end his Playoff run at 34th in final FedExCup standings...Teamed with Richard Sterne to represent South Africa in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in late November. 2008: After two consecutive seasons of making THE TOUR Championship, leveled off a bit by placing 56th on the money list. Recorded three top-10 finishes...Shot 66 in first and third rounds of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish runner-up to champion K.J. Choi. Finished T2 at the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii...A final-round 67, tied for low round of the day, pushed him to a T3 at the Buick Invitational two weeks later...Finished T8 at the Valero Texas Open in the Fall Series. 2007: Earned his fourth career win and had his best showing in a major. One of two first-time participants on the International Presidents Cup team. Solid play during the year pushed him comfortably inside the top-15 on the FedExCup standings, where he finished fourth and earned a $1.5 million bonus...Posted one of just three rounds in the 60s at the Masters to finish T2, his first top-10 in a major championship...Rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to beat Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer for his fourth TOUR title and his first in a playoff. After beginning the final round tied at 11-under, Sabbatini, Furyk and Langer closed with 3-under 67s to finish at 14-under. After Furyk missed a 34-foot birdie try on the 18th hole, the first playoff hole, Sabbatini sank his putt. Langer then missed an 8-footer for birdie...Held a one-stroke lead over Tiger Woods through 54 holes at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Finished T4, eight strokes back of Woods...Only player to post top-10s in all four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events. Held the first-round lead at The Barclays after an 8-under 63. With third-place finish, moved to third in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup standings...In his first career start at the Deutsche Bank Championship, finished T6...T10 finish at the BMW Championship moved him to fourth in the FedExCup standings...Closed the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup with a T9 at THE TOUR Championship, his 10th top-10 of the season...In Presidents Cup debut, had an 0-3-1 record. 2006: Picked up his third career win at the Nissan Open. Held second- and third-round leads, including a four-stroke advantage heading into Sunday's final round. Tied with three others at 12-under after bogeying the 15th hole, took the lead for good when he birdied the par-3 16th hole and Fred Couples and Craig Barlow bogeyed the hole. Finished one stroke ahead of Adam Scott. Moved to No. 1 on the PGA TOUR money list for the first time in his career with more than $2 million in earnings through six starts. 2005: Posted four rounds in the 60s to finish T6 at the Bank of America Colonial, nine shots behind two-time champion Kenny Perry. Finish was second top-10 in six starts at Colonial CC...Past champion posted third career top-10 in four starts at Booz Allen Classic. Finished sixth, five shots behind Sergio Garcia. 2004: Earned more $2 million for the first time in a season and ranked 16th on the final season money list. Personal-best seven top-10s, including two runner-up finishes...Part of a three-man playoff with Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington at the Buick Classic. Garcia won with a birdie on the third extra hole...In second career World Golf Championship-NEC Invitational start, posted T2 finish, four strokes behind champion Stewart Cink...Qualified for his first TOUR Championship and finished T10...Once again teamed with Trevor Immelman at the World Golf Championships-World Cup in Seville, Spain, in defense of their 2003 title. They finished T4. 2003: Recorded his second career win, at the FBR Capital Open in June. Held second- and third-round leads. Only player in field to post four rounds in the 60s and second player in 2003 to win a Monday finish. Saturday's third round was washed out and players were forced to play 18 holes on Sunday and Monday to finish the tournament...Teamed with countryman Trevor Immelman to win the World Golf Championships-World Cup at Kiawah Island, SC by four strokes over England's Justin Rose and Paul Casey. 2002: More than half of season's earnings and three of his four top-10s came during four-week stretch (Phoenix Open to Nissan Open), which included a T2 at the Nissan Open, one stroke behind winner Len Mattiace. 2001: Began season with 69-69-65 to take two-stroke lead at Mercedes Championships. Closing 72 left him one stroke behind winner Jim Furyk. Missed three-foot putt on 72nd hole denied playoff opportunity...Earned T2 finish, one stroke behind Bob Estes in the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas. 2000: With win at Air Canada Championship, the 24-year old became the youngest player to win on the PGA TOUR since 21-year-old Tiger Woods won the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. The victory made him the tournament's fourth first-time winner in its five-year history. Trailed Grant Waite by three strokes after 54 holes. Holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to go a stroke ahead of playing partner Mark Calcavecchia. Added 30-foot birdie putt on final hole for victory...Had one-stroke lead through 72 holes at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Closed with 68 to finish one stroke behind Jesper Parnevik. 1999: Had a successful rookie campaign on PGA TOUR...Held 36-hole lead on his 23rd birthday at BellSouth Classic, and finished T3 worth $145,000...Earned second third-place finish of season at B.C. Open. 1998: Earned his first PGA TOUR membership by finishing 41st at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament...Won Southern Arizona Open. Amateur: Won 1993 International Junior Masters...Three-time All-America and 1996 individual runner-up in the NCAA Tournament at Arizona...Inducted into University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Personal

Raised in South Africa, began playing at age 4...Travels throughout the season in a tour bus with his family...Enjoys watching all sports and spends most off time at lake boating and fishing...Donates money to many charities that support injured soldiers and their families...Recently set up the HARTS HOPE Foundation that allows his family to give back to community.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-1

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (1), 2007; World Cup (6), 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.