Golf Birthdays: December 1-7

December 1

D.A. Points, two-time PGA Tournament winner, turns 39. Points took his two victories at the 2011 Pebble Beach Pro Am, in which he also won the Pro Am itself along with comedian Bill Murray, as well as the 2013 Shell Houston Open.  He finished 10th at the 2011 PGA Championship.

December 2

Jay Haas, who finished in the top four of three different Majors, and has won nine times on the PGA Tour and 17 times on the Champions Tour, turns 62. Haas’ nine PGA wins spanned a 15-year period between 1978 and 1993.  He won the Payne Stewart Award in 2004 and has twice won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy and Arnold Palmer Award on the Seniors Tour.

Paraguay’s Marco Ruiz turns 41. Ruiz has eight professional wins and was the 2012 Tour de las Americas Order of Merit winner.

December 5

Ryan Moore, four-time PGA Tour winner who has two Top 10 Major finishes, turns 33. His wins have come between 2009-2014 including the CIMB Classic in 2013 and 2014.

Lanny Wadkins, who won the 1977 PGA Championship as part of 31 professional victories, turns 66. He won the ’77 title in a playoff over Gene Litter, stroking three straight pars.  He finished third at The Masters thrice, second at the US Open in 1986 and fourth at The Open Championship in 1984, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

December 7

Luke Donald, who spent 56 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world, turns 38.  Donald has 16 wins as a professional, including seven on the European Tour and five on the PGA Tour.  In 2011, he was the PGA Player of the Year and the European Tour Player of the Year.  That season saw him win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the Childrens’ Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the BMW PGA Championship, and the Barclays Scottish Open. Between 2000 and 2009, he finished in the top 10 at eight Majors, with a best finish of tying for third at the 2005 Masters and the 2006 PGA Championship.

 

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