Golf Birthdays: March 17-20

March 17

England’s Phillip Archer, who famously shot a 60 at the Celtic Manor Wales Open in 2006, turns 43. Archer just missed becoming the first man to shoot a 59 on the European Tour when he missed a birdie put on the 18th green. He presently plays on the Challenge Tour and has four professional wins.

Aaron Baddeley, a seven-time professional winner, turns 34. Baddedley has three PGA wins and two on the European Tour. His best finish at a Major was tied for 13th at the 2007 US Open.

Three-time Tour winner Brad Elder turns 40.

March 18

Former PGA Tour member Justin Bolli turns 39. Bolli won four times on the Nationwide Tour in his career.

Brian Watts, the 1998 The Open Championship runner-up, turns 49. Watts won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 1987 and played mostly on the Japan Golf Tour, winning 12 times.  At the 1998 Open, he was tied for first after two rounds at 3-under, and remained tied throughout the next two rounds, ultimately entering a four-hole playoff against Mark O’Meara which he lost by two strokes.

March 19

Two-time winner Marc Turnesa turns 37. His one win on the PGA Tour came at the 2008 Shriners Hospital Open.

March 20

Arjun Atwal, the first Indian-born player to play in and win a PGA Tour event in the US turns 42. Atwal took the title at the 2010 Wyndham Championship, and also has three wins on the Euro Tour.

The PGA’s John Merrick turns 33. Merrick has finished sixth at both The Masters and the US Open, and won the 2013 Northern Trust Open.

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