Golf Birthdays: October 24-31

October 24

Jim Benepe, the 1988 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, turns 52. Benepe won the 1988 Beatrice Western Open as a rookie and finished tied for 28th at The Open Championship that year. He finished tied for 14th at the US Open in 1990.

Ricardo Gonzalez, four-time European Tour winner, turns 45. The Argentine has 22 professional wins overall. His biggest was his first, the Omega European Masters in 2001. In 2002, he finished tied for 10th at the PGA Championship.

Marc Leishman, the first Australian to ever be named PGA Rookie of the Year, turns 32. he won the award in 2009 after three top 10 finishes including second place at the BMW Championship. His first PGA win came at the 2012 Travelers Championship, and he tied for fourth at the 2013 Masters Tournament and for second at the 2015 Open Championship.

October 27

Robert Damron, winner of the 2001 Byron Nelson Classic, turns 42.

October 28

Jay Don Blake, winner of the 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open, turns 57. Blake finished tied for sixth at the US Open in 1992, and has won three titles on the Champions Tour.

October 30

Joe Daley, winner of the 2012 Senior Players Championship, turns 55. Daley didn’t turn pro until he was 32, and won twice on the Tour.

Phil Tataurangi, who won the 2002 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas, turns 44. He has three wins overall, and finished tied for 39th at the 2003 Masters.

October 31

Russ Cochran, who had one win on the PGA Tour and five more on the Champions Tour, turns 57.  He won the 1991 Central Western Open, and 20 years later won The Senior Open Championship. In 1984, he finished tied for 10th at the PGA Championship.

Mark Wilson, five-time PGA Tour winner, turns 41. His wins came between 2007-2012, with two – the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Phoenix Open – in 2011.

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