Golf Birthdays: December 28 – January 3

December 29

Two-time Nike Tour winner Carl Paulson turns 45. Paulson wrote “Rookie on Tour” about his experiences on the PGA Tour in 1999 and was the Nike Tour’s Player of the Year that season.

December 30

Tiger Woods, the most dominant golfer of the last 30 years, turns 40. Woods has won 14 Majors, second only to Jack Nicklaus’ 18, and holds the records for most weeks ranked No. 1 (683) and most weeks ranked No. 1 consecutively (281). His 79 career PGA wins are second to Sam Snead’s 82 and his 40 European Tour wins are third all-time. In addition he is the youngest man ever to win the Masters (21 years, 104 days) and is tied for the lowest winning score at Augusta (18 strokes), while holding the widest margin of victory (12 strokes).

December 31

David Ogrin, winner of the 1996 LaCantera Texas Open, turns 58. Ogrin played on the PGA Tour for 16 years and had 32 top 10 finishes.

January 1

Paul Lawrie,  winner of the 1999 Open Championship, turns 47. He won eight titles overall, but none more historic than at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland in which he rallied from 10 strokes down, in large part due to Jean van de Velde’s collapse on 18, to win a four-man playoff.

 

 

 

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