Winner of the 2007 Ben Hogan Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer. Helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2005 NCAA Championship. Also won two Southeastern Conference team titles. Set a school record with seven individual victories, four of which came during his senior season. Earned first-team All-American honors his junior and senior seasons. Earned second-team All-American honors as a sophomore. Three-time first-team All-SEC selection. Set the school record with a 70.90 scoring average during junior season and tied the school record with 10 top-10 finishes. For his career, finished with 24 top-10 finishes, just three shy of Chip Beck's school record. His 71.89 career stroke average was just shy of the school record 71.79, held by former Nationwide Tour member Erik Compton. Capped his amateur career by representing the U.S. at the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down GC in Northern Ireland.
Played his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, finishing No. 77 on the money list. Made 10 cuts in 19 starts, including three top-25 finishes. Shot 66, making him one of the first-round leaders, with Arjun Atwal and Jarrod Lyle, at the Knoxville Open. Birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Lyle, who defeated him with a birdie on the first extra hole. The runner-up finish (his only one of the season) and $54,000 check moved him to 42nd on the money list at the time.
Nationwide Tour Wins: 2 - 2010 Fort Smith Classic, Knoxville News Sentinel Open.
2010 Nationwide Tour Money and Position
2010 Nationwide Tour Best Finishes
Moonah Classic. T5--
Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae. T9--
Panama Claro Championship.
Nationwide Tour Best Round
63 at Round 2, Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
Nationwide Tour Highlights
Finished regulation tied for the lead with Jim Herman at the Moonah Classic in Australia but lost the playoff on the first extra hole when Herman made a 6-foot birdie putt. Was 10 strokes off the lead after 36 holes, but a third-round 65, coupled with Herman's 3-over 75, gave him a share of the 54-hole lead. Battled with Herman over the windswept final round and held a two-stroke lead with three holes to go but stumbled with bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 to fall into a tie. Missed a 6-foot birdie putt for the win on the final hole of regulation. Playoff loss was the second of his career, with the other coming at the 2008 Knoxville Open...Continued his solid play at the Panama CLARO Championship two weeks later, when he finished T9. Entered the final round T43 but managed to equal the low round of the day, a 4-under 66 to record his second top-10 finish of the year...Posted another top-10 finish at the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae. Despite a T47 standing after the first round, he came back with the low round of the day-and tournament-in the second round by shooting a 63. A pair of 68s on the weekend led him to T5 for the week.
Career Best Nationwide Tour Finishes
Knoxville Open Presented by Food City, Moonah Classic.
Made the cut in four of 13 starts on the 2009 Nationwide Tour. Lone top-25 finish was a T24 at the Nationwide Tour Players Cup. Lost in a playoff on the eGolf Tour to Tom Gillis at Pine Needles in March...Played his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, finishing No. 77 on the money list. Made 10 cuts in 19 starts, including three top-25 finishes. Shot 66, making him one of the first-round leaders, with Arjun Atwal and Jarrod Lyle, at the Knoxville Open. Birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Lyle, who defeated him with a birdie on the first extra hole. The runner-up finish (his only one of the season) and $54,000 check moved him to 42nd on the money list at the time...Missed the cut as an amateur at the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, his only previous cut on Tour. Has made four of eight cuts during his career on the PGA TOUR, with a T52 at the 2008 AT&T Classic his best finish.
Loves to spend time at the beach. Lists winning the 2005 national championship as his biggest thrill in golf. Biggest thrill outside of golf was getting married...Favorite golf course played is Royal County Down. Would most like to play Cypress Point GL...Favorite professional team is the Atlanta Braves. Favorite movie is "Troy" and favorite entertainer is Jack White. Favorite book is The Broker by John Grisham...Other favorites include lasagna and Roger Federer. Would round out his dream foursome with his dad and two brothers, preferably at Augusta National. Bucket list includes learing to be a good pianist, skydiving and bungee jumping.