Golf Birthdays: February 6-8

Here’s to a great weekend of golf and a look at the duffers who are blowing out the candles this weekend.

February 6

2009 US Open runner-up Ricky Barnes turns 35. Barnes was a dominant college player at Arizona, and defeated Hunter Mahan to win the US Amateur in 2002.  At the Open in 2009, he set the 36-hole record by reaching 8-under with a 67-65 – 132, and was still 8-under through 54 holes. Through multiple rain delays, he fell apart in the final round, with five bogeys in his first nine holes and finished two strokes behind champion Lucas Glover.

Four-time PGA winner Tim Herron turns 45. A third-generation pro golfer, Herron won the 1996 Honda Classic, 1997 LaCantera Texas Open, 1999 Bay Hill Invitational, and 2006 Bank of America Colonial. His best finish at a Major was a sixth-place finish at the 1999 US Open.

February 7

Argentina’s Ariel Canete turns 40. He has one European Tour victory, that the Joburg Open in 2007.

Former PGA pro Jay Williamson turns 48. Williamson won twice on the Nationwide Tour and had two runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour.

February 8

Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya, the first black African and first Zambian to play in the US Open, turns 32.

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