Golf Birthdays: October 15-23

October 15

Jeff Coston, who runs the highly successful Jeff Coston Academy, turns 60. He has 34 professional wins, 33 of those on the Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Tour. He finished tied for 53rd at the 2000 US Open.

Richard Johnson, the Swede who has two career European Tour and one career PGA Tour victories, turns 39. His wins include the 2002 ANZ Championship, the 2008 US Bank Championship, and the 2010 Nordea Scandinavian Masters. He finished tied for eighth at the 2009 Open Championship.

Len Mattiace, a two-time PGA Tour winner, turns 48. Both his wins came in the 2002 season as he took the Nissan Open and the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The following year he finished tied for second at The Masters. Tied for eighth after 54 holes, Mattiace shot a 7-under 65 to force a playoff with Canada’s Mike Weir, only to bogey the first hole of the playoff.

October 17

Jay Delsing, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, turns 55. His father was a professional baseball player who spent 12 years in the Major Leagues.

Ernie Els, former No. 1 who has 47 combined victories on the European and PGA Tours, turns 46. Els has won for Major titles – the 1994 and 1997 US Opens and the 2002 and 2012 Open Championships. He has finished second twice at The Masters and tied for third twice at the PGA Championship. He was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. His 28 wins on the European Tour are good for seventh all-time. He is third on the all-time money list behind Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. He won his first Major at age 24 at the 1994 US Open in a sudden-death playoff. In 1997, he won his second by one stroke over Colin Montgomerie. His first Open Championship victory came in a four-man playoff which he won on a sudden death par against Thomas Levet. Ten years later he won The Open again, by one stroke over Adam Scott.

Blaine McCallister, five-time PGA Tour winner, turns 57. A native of Texas, McCallister won five tour events between 1988 and 1993, including two in 1989.

October 18

Todd Hamilton, champion of the 2004 Open Championship, turns 50. Hamilton is one of the more unlikely stories in golf history, earning his PGA Card at age 38 in 2003. The next season he won the Honda Classic in March, then shocked Ernie Els in a playoff that July at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.

Australia’s Stephen Allan, who won the 2002 Holden Australian Open, turns 42.

Nick O’Hern, who finished in the top 20 of three different Majors, turns 44. His best finish was at the 2006 US Open where he finished tied for sixth.

Zimbabwe’s Denis Watson, who won three PGA Tour events, turns 60.  Watson finished second at the 1985 US Open, a controversial finish in which he was assessed a two-stroke penalty earlier in the tournament for waiting longer than 10 seconds for a putt to fall into the hole. His three wins on tour all came in a memorable five-week stretch in 1984 in which he claimed the Buick Open, the NEC World Series of Golf, and the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational.

October 19

Todd Barranger, who recorded one win each on the Asian and Web.com Tours, turns 47.

Brian Henninger, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, turns 53. Henninger won the 1994 Deposity Guaranty Golf Classic and the 1999 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. His best finish at a Major was tying for 10th at the 1995 Masters.

Japan’s Ryuji Imada, winner of the 2008 AT&T Classic, turns 39.

Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2012 Open Championship, turns 33. Oosthuizen has seven career European Tour wins and one PGA title, and has finished second at two other Majors, including losing a sudden-death playoff at the US Open in 2015. His victory at the 2010 Open was one of the biggest routs in Major history, as he finished 16-under, winning the tournament by seven strokes.

October 21

Tommy Tolles, a  two-time Web.com Tour winner who had three top 5 Major finishes, turns 49. Tolles finished tied for third at the 1996 PGA Championship, third at The masters in 1997 and tied for fifth at the US Open in 1997.

October 23

Australia’s Michael Sim, the 2009 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, turns 31.

 

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