Golf Birthdays: September 28 – October 4

September 28

Tom Byrum, winner of the 1989 Kemper Open, turns 55. Kemper finished eighth at the 2002 US Open and ninth at the 1997 PGA Championship, and is now an analyst for the Golf Channel.

Chris Tidland, a two-time Nationwide Tour winner, turns 43.

October 1

Willie Wood, winner of the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, turns 55.

October 2

John Cook, eleven-time PGA winner, turns 58. His first and last PGA wins came 20 years apart, in 1981 and 2001, and his biggest victory was at the 1998 Byron Nelson Classic.  In 1992 he finished tied for second at the PGA Championship, three strokes behind winner Nick Price. He joined the Champions Tour when he turned 50, and has won 10 titles between 2007-2014.

Craig Kanada, who won twice on the Tour, turns 47.

George McNeil, two-time PGA Tour winner, turns 40. McNeil won the Shriners and Children Miracle Network Classic in 2009.

October 3

Fred Couples, former world No. 1 and winner of the 1992 Masters, turns 56. He was inducted into the International Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition to his Masters win, he has finished second or third four other times at Majors, and was named PGA Tour Player of the year in 1991 and 1992. He has 15 PGA wins overall, three on the European Tour, and 11 on the Champions Tour. Couples won the 1992 Masters by two

Cliff Kresge, three-time Tour winner, turns 47. In addition to his golfing, Kresge, along with Ernie Els, is a leading member of Autism Speaks, and has his own foundation, Kresge’s Krew Foundation. One of Kresge’s sons, along with one of Els, both have autism.

October 4

Peter Hanson, a six-time winner on the European Tour, turns 38. His six Euro Tour wins have come between 2005-2012, the biggest being the KLM Open in 2012. He won the BMW Masters six weeks later. He also finished tied for third at The Masters and tied for seventh at the PGA Championship in 2012.


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