Mark Hensby

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Mark Hensby
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Mark Adam Hensby
Nickname The Forgotten Man of Australian Golf
Born (1972-06-29) 29 June 1972 (age 42)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 1
Web.com Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T5: 2005
U.S. Open T3: 2005
The Open Championship T15: 2005
PGA Championship T59: 2005

Mark Adam Hensby (born 29 June 1972) is an Australian professional golfer. He is known as The Forgotten Man of Australian Golf.[1][2][3]

Hensby was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He grew up in Tamworth, New South Wales and attended Tamworth High School, leaving at the age of 16 to work as a postie while spending most of his time on the golf course. He moved to the United States in 1994, and having initially stayed with family friends, for a time slept in his car parked at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club near Chicago, Illinois.[4] He won the Illinois State Amateur Championship in 1994 before turning professional the following year. He now lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Hensby played on what is now the Web.com Tour (formerly named the Nationwide Tour, the Buy.com Tour, the Nike Tour, and the Ben Hogan Tour) for several years from 1997 before he graduated to the PGA Tour for the 2001 season. He gained his place on the elite tour by virtue of his 2nd place finish on the Buy.com Tour money list in 2000. In his rookie season, Hensby did not earn enough money to retain his card and was forced to return to the second tier for 2002, after failing to regain his place at the end of season qualifying school. In 2003, he picked up his third win on the Nationwide Tour and finished 7th on the money list, to graduate directly to the PGA Tour for the second time.

2004 was a breakthrough season for Hensby as he sought to establish himself on the PGA Tour. He collected his first win at the 2004 John Deere Classic, where he defeated John E. Morgan in a sudden-death playoff,[4] and also had several other top 10 finishes on his way to 15th place on the end of season money list. The following season, he made an impact in the majors, finishing tied for 5th at the Masters, tied for 3rd in the U.S. Open, and tied for 15th in the British Open.[5]

A car accident early in 2006 severely limited Hensby's ability to compete that year,[6] but he came back in 2007 to finish just outside the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list and secure his card for following season.[7] His struggles were not over however and in 2008, he slipped outside the top 150 to lose his fully exempt status.

Hensby won the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour in 2005, and has also featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.[8]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1994 Illinois State Amateur Championship

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 11 Jul 2004 John Deere Classic –16 (68-65-69-66=268) Playoff England John E. Morgan

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2004 John Deere Classic England John E. Morgan Won with par on second extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 31 Jul 2005 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg –22 (65-68-64-65=262) Playoff Sweden Henrik Stenson

Nationwide Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 22 Aug 1998 NIKE Fort Smith Classic –20 (65-68-62-65=260) 2 strokes United States Woody Austin
2 6 May 2000 BUY.COM Carolina Classic –18 (64-68-68-66=266) Playoff South Africa Manny Zerman
3 23 May 2003 Henrico County Open –20 (71-67-67-63=268) Playoff United States Zach Johnson

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007
Masters Tournament DNP T5 T22 DNP
U.S. Open DNP T3 CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP T15 T22 CUT
PGA Championship T68 T59 DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hensby keen to make Presidents Cup team". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jason Day offers a glimpse into the future of Australian golf". The Australian. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Day dream: wayward Australian relies on short game to seize lead". The Australian. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Hensby swaps sleeping in his car for driving to the top". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hensby keen to make Presidents Cup team". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Injured Hensby set to take break". BBC Sport. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hensby secures ticket for PGA Tour". The Australian. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking". OWGR. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 

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