Golf Birthdays: September 22-27

September 22

Phil Blackmar, one of the tallest men to ever play on the PGA Tour, turns 58. Standing 6 feet, 7 inches, Blackmar won three PGA tournaments between 19895 and 1997, all three in playoffs, all three with a birdie on the first extra hole. His best finish at a Major came in 1997 when he tied for sixth at the PGA Championship. He joined the Champions Tour in 2007 and has one win there.

September 23

Ian Leggatt, winner of the 2002 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open, turns 50. A Canadian, he finished tied for 20th at the 2003 US Open.

Larry Mize, who won the 1987 Masters with perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of professional golf, turns 57. Mize won four titles on the PGA Tour and has won once on the Champions Tour. A former scoreboard worker at Augusta National in his teen ears, Mize won the Major in a playoff with legends Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman by chipping in a 140-foot birdie using a sand wedge.

Rod Pampling, the Australian who has won twice on the PGA Tour and once on the European Tour, turns 46. Pampling won the International in 2004 and Bay Hill in 2006, and finished tied for fifth at the 2005 Masters.

September 25

Tjaart Van der walt, former South African PGA Tour member, turns 40. Van der Walt finished tied for 36th at the 2004 Open Championship.

September 26

Trevor Dodds, the most famous Namibian golfer of all time, turns 56. Dodds won the 1998 Greater Greensboro Classic, along with four titles on the Tour and four more on the Sunshine Tour.

Gary Emerson, the Englishman who won the 2004 Russian Open, turns 52.

Fredik Jacobson, the Swede who has three European Tour wins and one on the PGA Tour, turns 41. Jacobson finished fifth at the 2003 US Open and sixth at the 2003 Open Championship. He won the 2011 Travelers Championship, and won twice on the European Tour in 2003 – in Portugal and Andalucia.

September 27

Dennis Paulson, winner of the 2000 Buick Classic, turns 53.

Chris Perry, winner of the 1998 BC Open, turns 54. Perry’s father Jim won 215 games as a Major League Baseball pitcher and won the 1970 Cy Young Award. His uncle, Gaylord Perry, won 315 games, and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Don Pooley, a two-time winner on both the PGA and Champions Tours, turns 64.  Pooley won the 1980 BC Open and the 1987 Memorial Tournament, and finished tied for fifth at the 1987 PGA Championship and the 1988 Masters Tournament.

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