Heath Slocum

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This article is about the PGA Tour golfer. For the former Major League Baseball pitcher, see Heathcliff Slocumb.
Heath Slocum
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Tyler Heath Slocum
Born (1974-02-03) February 3, 1974 (age 40)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Alpharetta, Georgia
Career
College University of South Alabama
Turned professional 1996
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Web.com Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T18: 2010
U.S. Open T9: 2008
The Open Championship T32: 2008
PGA Championship 22nd: 2002

Tyler Heath Slocum (born February 3, 1974) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years[edit]

Slocum was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Bunkie, Louisiana from 1986 (6th grade) until 1987 (8th grade). Slocum learned the game of golf from his father, Jack. He played on the same Milton High School golf team in Milton, Florida as fellow PGA Tour player Boo Weekley, and later attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. While a student there, he earned many amateur golf honors including three-time All-American. He turned professional in 1996.

Professional career[edit]

Slocum began his career on the Nationwide Tour. He was the second person to earn a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour by winning three Nationwide Tour events in the same season, and only the second player in Nationwide Tour history to complete 72 holes without a bogey. In November 1997, Slocum developed ulcerative colitis which caused his weight to drop from 150 pounds to 122 pounds, and left him unable to play for a year and a half. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America named Slocum a national spokesperson, to help raise awareness of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, another inflammatory bowel disease.[1]

Slocum joined the PGA Tour in 2001, and has four wins in his career. His first win was in 2004 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. His second win came at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2005. His best finish in a major is a tie for 9th at the 2008 U.S. Open and he has featured in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Slocum represented the United States at the 2007 World Cup, partnered with Boo Weekley. The Americans finished second after losing a sudden-death playoff to Scotland.[2]

Slocum barely qualified for the 2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs; he finished 124th on the regular season points list, with 125 qualifying. At the first playoff event, The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, he won the event by one stroke, holing a 21 foot putt for par on the last hole to deny Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, and Tiger Woods the chance of victory.[3] Slocum's win, his third on the Tour, vaulted him 121 spots on the FedEx Cup points list, to 3rd; it also earned him $1,350,000, more than double his prior winnings in 2009.[4] He ended up placing 8th in the FedEx Cup standings that year.[5]

In 2010, Slocum enjoyed a solid year. During the main portion of the season, he recorded four top-ten finishes, including a tie for 4th at The Players Championship.[6] Then he capped off his year in style during the Fall Series, winning the inaugural McGladrey Classic. Slocum held off Bill Haas by one stroke to earn the fourth title of his PGA Tour career.[7] As a result, he ended 46th in the FedEx Cup.

Slocum did not get any top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2011. However, he finished 12th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, 11th at the U.S. Open, 15th at the McGladrey Classic and 20th at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, so he retained his card. In 2012 he had only three top-25 finishes and lost his PGA Tour card.

During the 2013 Web.com Tour Finals, Slocum finished 8th at the Chiquita Classic and 17th at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and Web.com Tour Championship, so he claimed a PGA Tour card for 2014. He had a best result of fourth at the Wyndham Championship but only collected three top-25s, so he lost his card and also missed the Web.com Tour Finals.

Professional wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
FedEx Cup Events (1)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 29, 2004 Chrysler Classic of Tucson -22 (67-64-70-65=266) 1 stroke Australia Aaron Baddeley
2 Nov 6, 2005 Southern Farm Bureau Classic -21 (69-68-64-66=267) 2 strokes Sweden Carl Pettersson
3 Aug 30, 2009 The Barclays -9 (66-72-70-67=275) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els, Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington,
United States Steve Stricker, United States Tiger Woods
4 Oct 10, 2010 McGladrey Classic -14 (66-66-66-68=266) 1 stroke United States Bill Haas

Nationwide Tour wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T33 DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T9 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T32 DNP
PGA Championship 22 DNP CUT T47 T29 T23 CUT DNP
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament T18 CUT
U.S. Open CUT T11
The Open Championship T60 DNP
PGA Championship T33 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
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 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 5
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 5 18 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2005 PGA – 2008 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlanta Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis". The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Scots Beat U.S. in World Cup Playoff". Golf Digest. Associated Press. November 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Slocum bags one-shot Barclays win". BBC Sport. August 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Heath Slocum – PGA Tour – Golf Tournament Log – 2009". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "FedEx Cup final 2009 standings". Golf Today. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Heath Slocum – PGA Tour – Golf Tournament Log – 2010". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Slocum wins McGladrey Classic by one shot". TSN. Associated Press. October 10, 2010. 

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