Golf Birthdays: April 26-28

April 26

Mac O’Grady, who went to qualifying school 17 times before achieving his PGA Tour card, turns 64 O’Grady won two PGA titles, the 1986 Greater Hartford Open and the 1987 MONY Tournament of Champions. He finished ninth at the 1987 US Open and is now a teaching professional

April 28

Stephen Ames, who has 11 professional wins, turns 51. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2014, and has three Top 10 Major finishes, including fifth at the 1997 Open Championship. He has four PGA wins, highlighted by the 2006 Players Championship, which he won by six strokes.

John Daly, two-time Major champion and legendary long driver, turns 49. He won the 1991 PGA Championship as a PGA Tour rookie as the ninth alternate in the field, the first rookie to win a Major in 15 years. He went on to win the 1995 Open Championship in a playoff, and is the only golfer in history to win two Majors without playing for a Ryder Cup team.  He also was named the PGA Tour’s 2004 Comeback Player of the Year, but has not won a tournament since then.

David Gossett, winner of the 2001 John Deere Classic, turns 36. It was his first official PGA Tour event. He lost his full-time PGA Tour status in 2004 and has split time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours since then.

Patrick Moore, a three-time Tour winner, turns 45. Moore has been plagued by injuries over the past decade but continues to attempt professional golf.

Hal Sutton, 14-time PGA winner and champion at the 1983 PGA Championship, turns 57. Sutton was the 1983 PGA Player of the Year and money leader, and won the tour’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 1994. He won 14 tournaments between 1982 and 2001. His win at the PGA Championship was a wire-to-wire job, defeating five-time winner Jack Nickalus by one stroke. It was Nicklaus’s 19th time as a runner-up at a Major.


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