Golf Birthdays: May 29-31

May 29

Jean Van de Velde, known more for his collapse at the 1999 Open Championship than for any of his seven professional wins, turns 49. At The Open, he had a three-stroke lead headed to 18, meaning all he needed was a double-bogey to win the title. Instead he hit shots into the rough, off a wall, into the water, and finally recorded a triple-bogey 7 to create a three-way playoff, which he then lost. He did not win another tournament for seven years until taking the Madeira Islands crown in 2006.

Anthony Wall, winner of the 2000 Alfred Dunhill Championship, turns 40.  The London native finished tied for 11th at the 2006 Open Championship.

May 31

Chad Campbell, a four-time PGA winner who has two runner-up finishes at Majors, turns 41. His third-round 65 at the 2003 PGA Championship had him tied for the lead after 54 holes, only to lose to equally unknown Shaun Michael. Campbell went on to win the TOUR Championship later that year. Six years later, he lost the Masters in a playoff to Angel Cabrera.

 

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