Golf Birthdays: February 23-24

February 23

New Zealand’s Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 US Open, turns 46. Campbell has 15 professional wins, including eight on the European Tour. Not even in the top 10 of the Open leaderboard after a day in 2005, Campbell crept up to 1-under and a tie for fourth on Friday, but was still there after 54 holes, 4 strokes behind leader Retief Goosen. Goosen collapsed with an 11-over 81 on Sunday, and Campbell held off Tiger Woods by two strokes.

Steve Stricker, 22-time professional winner and two-time PGA Comeback Player of the Year, turns 48. His biggest wins to date are the 2007 Barclays and 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship. His best finish at a Major is second place at the 1998 PGA Championship.

Three-time pro winner Brad Sutterfield turns 46. Sutterfield won twice on the Challenge Tour during his playing days and is now the head coach of men’s golf at Dixie State College of Utah.

South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl, a 13-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, turns 36. His 13 wins tie him for  10th place all-time in that category.

February 24

Zach Johnson, winner of the 2007 Masters, turns 39. Johnson has 27 win in his career, 11 of those on the PGA Tour. He was two strokes off the lead at the Masters through each of the first three rounds as huge winds drove scores up above par for almost every player. Although Tiger Woods had the lead in the final round, Johnson fired three birdies in the last six holes to card a 69 and win a 1-over, only the third time the winning score at the Masters has been above par.

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