Golf Birthdays: January 26-29

Here’s a closer look at golfer celebrating birthdays this week.

January 26

Australian Paul Sheehan, a three-time Japan Golf Tour winner, turns 38.

American Dave Rummells, who finished fifth at the 1989 PGA Championship, turns 57. Rummells played nine seasons on the PGA Tour and finished second at the Buick Open in 1993.

January 27

Four-time PGA winner Woody Austin turns 51. Austin was the 1995 PGA Rookie of the Year, and when he won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, he became the eighth-oldest man to win a professional tournament.

Five-time PGA winner Jonathan Byrd turns 37. Byrd was the 2002 PGA Rookie of the Year and finished tied for eighth at the 2003 Masters.

Joel Kribel, who played 29 events on the PGA Tour in 2003-2004, turns 38. Kribel had just one Top 10 finish after an All-America career at Stanford, and played on the tour from 1998-2012.

Bryce Molder, winner of the 2011 Open, turns 36. Molder has been a pro since 2001 after a career at Georgia Tech, and finished tied for 12th at the 2010 PGA Championship. He has also played a round with fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton.

January 28

Hall-of-Famer Nick Price turns 58. The native of Zimbabwe has won 18 PGA titles and 5 European titles, including the 1992 and 1994 PGA Championships and the 1994 British Open. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1993 and 1994. Along with Greg Norman, he holds the Augusta National single-round record of 63. He won the 1992 PGA Championship by shooting 6-under, then 1994 Open Championship by 1 stroke with a 12-under and ran away with that year’s PGA Championship, when his 11-under was good for a 6-stroke margin.

January 29

Two-time Major champion Jack Burke turns 92. Burke recorded 18 professional wins, 16 on the PGA, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championships. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000. He turned pro at age 17 in 1940, only to have his career interrupted by four years with the Marines in World War II. He rallied from a 7-stroke deficit to win the 1956 Masters Tournament, then won the PGA title with a 3&2 victory over Ted Kroll.


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