Golf Birthdays: December 14-21

December 14

Brian Gay, four-time PGA Tour winner, turns 44. He won the Mayakoba Gofl Classic in 2008, the Verizon Heritage and St. Jude Classic in 2009, and the Humana Challenge in 2013. His best finish ata Major came when he tied for 22nd at the 2001 PGA Championship.

December 16

Trevor Immelman, winner of the 2008 Masters, turns 36. Overall he has won 11 professional titles, two on the PGA Tour and four on the European Tour.  He missed time in 2007 after doctors found a fibrosis tumor that was benign in his diaphragm. He returned for the 2008 Masters, surprising everyone with an opening-round 68 to tie for the lead, and equaling that score on Friday. He pushed the lead to two strokes on Saturday, and held off Tiger Woods’ late charge while surviving a double bogey on No. 16 to win.

Paul McGinley, whose 10-foot putt won the 2002 Ryder Cup for Europe, turns 49. He has won four European Tour titles in his career and tied for sixth at the 2006 PGA Championship.

December 17

Tim Clark, the 14-time professional winner, turns 40. Clark has finished in the top three of three different Majors and has compiled two wins on the PGA Tour and three on the European Tour.  His biggest win to date is  the 2010 Players Championship. He finished in third at the 2003 PGA Championship, three strokes off the lead. He tied for third at the 2005 US Open, five strokes off the lead, and was second by two strokes to Phil Mickelson at the 2006 Masters.

Rocco Mediate, who won six titles on the PGA Tour and just missed winning the 2008 US Open, turns 53. He was the first player to win on the PGA Tour using a long putter, which compensated for back problems. At the t2008 Masters, he was a stroke off the lead after 18 and 36, and two back of Tiger Woods through 54. Woods double bogeyed his first hole to propel Mediate and Lee Westwood into a tie for the lead, and Mediate’s birdie on No. 2 put him up two strokes. But Woods tied him on the 18th with a birdie, birdied the 18th hole of the playoff, and Mediate bogeyed the first sudden-death hole to come up short.

December 18

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen turns 36. He has won five times on the European Tour and has two Top 10 Major finishes. His biggest win came in 2014 when he won the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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