Golf Birthdays: January 11-17

January 11

Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters winner and 2002 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, turns 64. Crenshaw won 29 professional tournaments, 19 of them on the PGA Tour. He turned pro at 21 and won his first pro event, the San Antonio Texas Open.  After four Top 3 finishes at Majors in the 1970s, he broke through at the 1984 Masters with an 11-under, firing a 4-under 68 on Sunday to slip past both Tom Kite and Sandy Lyle and win by two strokes. He won the tournament again 11 years ago, in one of the most emotional moments in Major history, taking the crown just days after the death of his mentor, Harvey Penick. He fired a 14-under 274 to beat Davis Love II by one stroke.

January 12

Hideki Kase, a four-time winner on the Japanese Tour, turns 57. He finished tied for 28th at the 1997 US Open.

Rob Oppenheim, a nine-time professional winner, turns 36.

Craig Parry, who won 23 professional tournaments, including six on the European Tour, turns 50. He won 14 times on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and twice on the PGA Tour. His biggest victory was at the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational.

January 13

Mark O’Meara, who won both the Masters and The Open Championship in 1998, turns 59. O’Meara won 34 times as a professional, 16 of those on the PGA Tour between 1984 and 1998. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. In 1998, he buried a birdie putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to win by one stroke at The Masters, setting a record for most appearance (15) before a victory.

January 14

David Berganio,  three-time winner on the Web.com Tour, turns 47. Berganio finished tied for 16th at the 1996 US Open.

Gibby Gilbert, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and 1980 Masters runner-up, turns 75.He won six times on the Champions Tour, including thrice in 1992.  His runner-up at Augusta came four strokes behind a 23-year-old Seve Ballesteros, who won the second of his five Majors.

Luke List, one of the longest drivers in golf history, turns 31. List has one Web.com Tour victory under his belt, and consistently averages more than 300 yards per drive.

January 15
Ted Tryba, a two-time PGA Tour winner, turns 49. Tryba won the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic in 1995 and the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 1999.

January 16

Brad Adamonis, a one-time Web.com Tour winner, turns 43.

Stan Utley, who won the 1989 Chattanooga Classic, turns 54.

Jimmy Walker, five-time PGA Tour winner, turns 37. A perennial challenger for the FedEx Cup title, Walker has won all five tournaments in the past three seasons.

January 17

Mike Heinen, winner of the 1994 Shell Houston Open, turns 49.

Jimmy Powell, winner of four titles on the Champions Tour, turns 81.

 

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