Dudley Hart

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Dudley Hart
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Howard Dudley Hart
Born (1968-08-04) August 4, 1968 (age 46)
Rochester, New York
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Clarence, New York
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1990
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T28: 2000
U.S. Open T12: 2002
The Open Championship T37: 1999, 2001
PGA Championship T6: 1993
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
2008

Howard Dudley Hart (born August 4, 1968) is an American professional golfer with two PGA Tour wins in an injury-riddled career.

Early years[edit]

Hart was born in Rochester, New York.[1] He attended Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in Miami, Florida.

College career[edit]

He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of coach Lynn Blevin and coach Buddy Alexander's Florida Gators men's golf teams from 1987 to 1990.[2] He earned honors as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year (1987), a three-time first-team All-SEC selection, and a four-time All-American.[2][3] Hart was also a member of the Gators' 1989 SEC championship team.[2] He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2003.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Hart turned pro in 1990 and joined the PGA Tour in 1991.[1] His first win came in 1996 at the rain-shortened Bell Canadian Open. His second win was at the 2000 Honda Classic. Hart also finished in a three-way tie for first in the 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, which he and Robert Damron lost in a playoff to Sergio García.

Although Hart has only won two PGA tournaments, he was one of the most consistent players on the Tour. From 1991 to 2009, Hart had 55 top-10 finishes, including four runner-up finishes. His best finish in a major was sixth place tie at the 1993 PGA Championship.[6] He was injured in 2003 and had to limit his play to twenty-two starts due to a herniated disc in his back. In 2007, Hart had to take six months off from the Tour in order to care for his wife and children while his wife, Suzanne, had a softball-sized tumor removed from her lungs. He played on the Tour in 2008 using a major medical exemption. In what turned out to be his best year ever, Hart earned more than $2 million and was awarded the Tour's Comeback of the Year award.[7][8] His career high Official World Golf Ranking is 21st, achieved in April 2000.[9]

In 2009, Hart had spinal fusion surgery, which prevented him from playing on the PGA Tour in 2010 and 2011. He attempted a comeback at the 2011 Australian Open, but was forced to withdraw after three rounds. He attempted one event in 2012, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but missed the cut and made no PGA Tour starts in 2013. He was granted 12 more starts to earn $504,824 and satisfy a Major Medical Exemption in order to regain his Tour card.

In 2013, Hart played in Canada (missed cut at Wildfire Invitational) and Argentina (T13 at Personal Classic, his first professional cut since May 2009). In 2014, Hart made his first PGA Tour cut in almost five years, at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Personal[edit]

Hart purchased Lake Shore Golf Club in Rochester, New York with his father and Jeff Sluman. Hart is the father of triplets: Ryan, Rachel and Abigail were born on December 6, 2001. He enjoys fishing and reading, and is a fan of professional hockey.[10] He currently lives in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, New York.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 7, 1996 Bell Canadian Open* −14 (68-64-70=202) 1 stroke United States David Duval
2 Mar 11, 2000 Honda Classic −19 (65-69-70-65=269) 1 stroke United States J. P. Hayes, United States Kevin Wentworth

*Note: the 1996 Bell Canadian Open was shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2004 EDS Byron Nelson Championship United States Robert Damron, Spain Sergio García Garcia won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T23 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP WD T17
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 81 T37
PGA Championship CUT T6 T55 DNP DNP CUT T44 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 T43 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T44
U.S. Open CUT T62 T12 CUT T53 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship WD T37 CUT CUT WD DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship WD T16 CUT DNP DNP T10 WD DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 11 5
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 6 32 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2001 Masters – 2002 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dudley Hart player profile". ESPN. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 29, 34, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Gator Greats". F Club, Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nine Inducted Into UF Hall of Fame". GatorZone.com. April 11, 2003. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved January 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ Dooley, Pat (June 4, 2009). "Perspective mellows 'Mini-Volcano'". The Gainesville Sun. 
  8. ^ Khan, Bill (June 26, 2008). "Dudley Hart, his PGA Tour status secure for now, ties for Buick Open". Flint Journal. 
  9. ^ "Ranking Graph – Dudley Hart". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dudley Hart – profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 

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