Golf Birthdays: January 18-26

January 19

Brian Harman, winner of the 2014 John Deere Classic, turns 29. His best finish at a Major to date came when he tied for 26th at the 2014 Open Championship.

Doug LaBelle, a two-time winner on the Tour, turns 41.

January 20

Fredrik Andersson Hed, winner of the 2010 BMW Italian open, turns 44. That year he finished 22nd in the European Tour’s Order of Merit.

Tom Carter, a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, turns 48.

Peter Hedblom, three-time European Tour champion, turns 46. A native of Sweden,  he won the 1996 Morrocan Open, the 2007 Malaysian Open, and in 2009 took the crown at Gleneagles. In 1996, he enjoyed his best finish ever at a Major, tying for seventh at The Open Championship.

Andrew McLardy, five-time Sunshine Tour winner, turns 42.

Derek Fathauer, winner of the 2014 Tour Finals, turns 30.

January 21

Alvaro Quiros, six-time European Tour winner, turns 33. The Spaniard finished tied for 11th at the 2010 Open Championship, and finished the season ranked 14th in the Order of Merit. He also became the first Spanish national to win the Open de Espana in eight years that season. His biggest victory to date was the 2011 Dubai World Championship.

Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time, turns 76. Nicklaus won 18 Major titles, finished second in 19 others, and third in nine. His 73 victories are third all time. His victory at the 1962 US Open was his first as a professional. He is the first player to complete double and triple Grand Slams, and most famously of all won the 1986 Masters at age 46. He won the Masters a record six times, the US Open four times, the Open Championship three times, and the PGA Championship five times.

January 22

Matt Hendrix, a member of the 2003 Walker Cup squad, turns 35.

January 23

Jamie Lovemark, 2010 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, turns 28.

January 24

Jason Knutzon, two-time Asian Tour winner, turns 40.

January 25

Billy Andrade, a four-time PGA Tour winner, turns 52. He won twice in 1991 – the Kemper Open and the Buick Classic, followed by the 1998 Bell Canadian Open and the 200 Invensys Classic. He finished tied for sixth at the 1992 US Open and sixth at the 2001 PGA Championship.

Yong-Eun (Y.E.) Yang, who has won 11 total titles as a professional, turns 44. He is the first Asian man to win a Major, taking the PGA Championship in 2009, and has won three PGA titles and five on the European Tour. He earned the nickname “the Tiger Killer” for rallying past Tiger Woods in the final round. It was the first time Woods had not won a Major that he led after 54 holes. Tied at 6-under through 13, Yang eagled No. 14 to take the lead, and with a one-stroke lead birdied 18 while Woods bogeyed it.

January 26

Dave Rummells, two-time Tour winner, turns 58.


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