Golf Birthdays: August 28-31

August 28

 Rick Fehr, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, turns 53.  He won the 1986 BC Open and the 1994 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic.

Joakim Haeggman, a three-time winner on the European Tour, turns 46. The Swede won the 1993 Spanish Open, the 1997 Scandinavian Masters, and the 2004 Qatar Masters.

Lee Janzen, two-time winner of the US Open, turns 51. Janzen won eight PGA tour events overall between 1992 and 1998. He was just shy of his 30th birthday when he won the Open for the first time, tying Jack Nicklaus’ scoring record with a total of 272, becoming just the second champion to shoot all four rounds under 70, going 67-67-69-69 to win by two strokes over Payne Stewart. He bested Stewart by one stroke in 1998, rallying from seven strokes down on Sunday to do so. His final round 68 let him make up five strokes through 54 holes.

August 29

Carl Pettersson, the Swede who has won five titles on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour turns 38.  Petersson has won his PGA titles between 2005 and 2012, taking the 2006 Memorial. he has three Top 10 finishes at Majors, including tying for third at the 2012 PGA Championship.

August 31

Padraig Harrington, three-time Major winner, turns 44.  Harrington was named both European Tour and PGA Player of the Year in 2008. He won the 2007 Open Championship despite trailing Sergio Garcia by six strokes after 54 holes. He caught Garcia at the 11th, again at the 14th with an eagle, then double-bogeyed No. 18 to wind up in a playoff, then won a four-hole playoff to become the first Irishman to win the Open in 60 years. A year later he was two strokes behind Greg Norman entering the final round, then shot a final-round 69 to win the tournament by four strokes with a 3-over 283. Barely a month later he became the first European in 78 years to wint he PGA Championship, and the first European to win The Open and the PGA Championship in the same year. Four strokes out of the lead in fourth place at the end of 54 holes, he racked up four birdies on the back nine to finish 3-under, winning by two strokes.

Charl Schartzel, winner of the 2011 Masters, turns 31. Schwartzel has won nine European Tour titles, but no win was bigger than Augusta in 2011.  He was four strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy (-12) through 54 holes, and was oen of eight different players to hold lead at some point in the final round, which is infamously known for McIlroy’s triple bogey on No. 10 and double bogey on No. 12. Schwartzel tied McIlroy for the lead at 11-under with an eagle on No. 3, lost it on the next hole, was tied by Tiger Woods on No. 8, then fell behind Adam Scott by one at No. 14. But no player could match Schwartzel’s finish, as he birdied 15, 16, 17, and 18 to win by two strokes over Scott and Jason Day.

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