Golf Birthdays: November 8 -15

November 8

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee turns 46. He has won seven European Tour titles and 13 Asian Tour titles, the second-most all-time behind fellow Thai Thwon Wiratchant. His first three European Tour wins came in Asian events; his last this past September at the Porsche European Open.  His best finish at a Major was tying for 13th at The Open Championship in 2009.

Two-time PGA Tour winner Troy Matteson turns 36. Matteson has won the Open twice, in 2006 and 2009. His best finish at a Major was tied for 28th at the 2009 PGA Championship.

November 9

Former world No. 1 David Duval turns 44. Duval famously took the No. 1 ranking away from Tiger Woods in March of 1999 after Woods had held it for 41 weeks straight. Duval held the top spot for 14 weeks in a row and 15 overall,  and won the 2001 Open Championship. He was at even par through two rounds and seven strokes out of the lead, then fired a 6-under 65 at St. Anne’s on Saturday to tie three others for first. His closing-round 67 saw him win by three strokes and reach 10-under.

Tom Weiskopf, winner of the 1973 Open Championship, turns 73. Wieskopf won 16 PGA Tour events and finished second at The Masters a staggering four times, all in a six-year period. He also took second at the 1976 US Open and third at the 1975 PGA Championship. At his lone Major win, he went wire to wire and finished 12-under. His four seconds at Augusta were by a combined seven strokes, and twice he lost to Jack Nicklaus.

November 10

Lee Rinker, current Champions and former PGA Tour member, turns 55. Rinker won three professional tournaments and finished tied for 29th at the 1998 PGA Championship.

November 11

Robert Garrigus, winner of the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, turns 38. Garrigus finished tied for third at the 2011 US Open.

Fuzzy Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and 1984 US Open, turns 64. His win at August marked him as the first man to win the Masters in his first start there since Gene Sarazen had done so in 1935. He tied Tom Watson and Ed Sneed at the end of 72 holes at the 1979 Masters, winning it with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. At the 1984 US Open, he whipped Greg Norman by eight strokes in an 18-hole playoff after Norman had forced the extra session with a 45-foot par putt he previous day.

November 12

Jason Day, who has spent parts of the end of 2015 ranked No. 1 in the world, turns 28. Day has won seven tournaments on the PGA Tour and two on the European Tour. His biggest victory was the 2015 PGA Championship, which he won with a record-setting 20-under to defeat Jordan Spieth. Day has spent four weeks ranked No. 1, first taking the mantle on September 21, 2015.

Lucas Glover, winner of the 2009 US Open, turns 36. He has won three PGA titles overall, but none bigger than at Farmingdale, New York, when he rode a second-round 64 to a 2-stroke victory, despite shooting a 73 in the final round.

Mark Lye, winner of the 1983 Bank of Boston Classic, turns 53. Lye finished tied for sixth at the 1984 Masters.

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