Golf Birthdays: July 18-23

July 18

Brendon de Jonge, winner of the 2008 Xerox Classic, turns 35. A native of Zimbabwe, de Jonge attended Virginia Tech University and turned pro in 2003. His best finish in a Major was a tie for 26th at the 2011 PGA Championship.

Sir Nick Faldo, the UK’s most successful golfer and winner of six Majors, turns 58. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009, he has won 30 European Tour titles, spent 97 weeks as the No. 1 golfer in the world, and won the Masters thrice (1989, 1990, 1996) and the Open Championship thrice (1987, 1990, 1992). For more on his career, in particular his final go at The Open Championship this weekend, visit our blog here.

July 20

Former US pro Larry Rinker turns 58. Rinker’s best year was 1985 when he finished 30th on the PGA money list and took second at the Bing Crosby Naitonal Pro-Am. He finished tied for 12th at the 1992 Open Championship.

Tom Scherrer, winner of the 2000 Kemper Insurance Open, turns 45. His best finish at a Major was tying for 23rd at the 1999 US Open.

July 21

Paul Casey, former No. 3 golfer in the world and 13-time European Tour champion, turns 38. Casey has finished in the Top 10 of four Majors, including tied for third at the 2010 Open Championship. He was the 2001 European Tour Rookie of the Year and its player of the year in 2006. His first victory on the European Tour came at Gleneagles in 2001, and he has played for three Ryder Cup teams, winning in 2004 and 2006.

Robert Gamez, a three-time PGA Tour winner, turns 47. Gamex won twice in 1990, earning himself PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors. His next victory would not come until the 2005 Valero Texas Open – a span of 15 years, 6 months, and 394 events between wins – a PGA Tour record.

July 23

Five-time PGA tournament winner Ken Green turns 57. He played on the PGA Tour from 1980 to 2006, and his best year came in 1988 when he won the Canadian Open and the Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1996, he finished tied for seventh at the US Open, his best-ever showing at a Major.

Boo Weekley, three-time PGA Tour winner with one of the best names in the business, turns 42. Weekley infamously failed out of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he was studying turfgrass science and playing golf, and was employed at a chemical plant in Florida cleaning ammonia tanks when he began his professional career on the Developmental Players Tour.  He won his first PGA title at the Verizon Heritage in 2007 and repeated there in 2008. His biggest win was the 2013 Colonial, and his best finish at a Major was tying for ninth at the 2007 PGA Championship.

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