Golf Birthdays: October 30 – November 7

October 30

Joe Daley, winner of the 2011 Senior Players Championship, turns 55. Daley won two tournaments on the Tour earlier in his career.

Phil Tataurangi, the New Zealander who won the 2002 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas, turns 44. Tataurangi finished 39th at the 2003 Masters.

October 31

Russ Cochran, five-time Champions Tour winner, turns 57. Cochran won the 2011 Senior Open Championship, and during his PGA Tour days took the 1991 Centel Western Open.

Mark Wilson, five-time PGA Tour winner, turns 41. All five of his wins came between 2007 and 2012, the biggest was his first, a dramatic playoff conquest at the 2007 Honda Classic.

November 1

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher, a three-time European Tour winner, turns 41. Gallacher won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in back to back years in 2013 and 2014.

Gary Player, nine-time Major winner and the first non-American Grand Slam winner, turns 80. Player won 165 professional tournaments, including 73 on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour, a record. He won the Masters in 1961,1974, and 1978; the US Open in 1965; The Open Championship in 1959, 1968, and 1974; and the PGA Championship in 1962 and 1972.He’s the only player in the 20th century to have won the British Open in three different decades.

November 2

Bob Lohr, winner of the 1988 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, turns 55.

Mike Springer, two-time PGA Tour winner, turns 50. He played on the tour from 1987 to 2006.

November 5

Bubba Watson, two-time Masters Champion and perennial Top 10 golfer, turns 37. After a near miss at the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson won two titles in 2011, then the 2012 Masters, defeating Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a suddent-death playoff.  He won three more tournaments in 2014, including a second Masters, this time by three strokes thanks to a closing round 69.

November 6

Scott Piercy, three-time PGA winner, turns 37. Piercy’s first win came at the 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open, his last at the 2015 Barbasol Championship. His best finish in a Major came at the 2013 PGA Championship when he finished tied for fifth.

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