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Ryan Palmer
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Ryan Hunter Palmer
Born (1976-09-19) September 19, 1976 (age 38)
Amarillo, Texas
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Colleyville, Texas
Spouse Jennifer Palmer
Career
College University of North Texas
Texas A&M University
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 10th: 2011
U.S. Open T21: 2011
The Open Championship T30: 2011
PGA Championship T5: 2014

Ryan Hunter Palmer (born September 19, 1976) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Palmer was born in Amarillo, Texas. He played college golf at the University of North Texas (one year) and then at Texas A&M University (three years).[1] He graduated in 2000 and turned professional. In his early professional career, Palmer played on the mini-tours (Tightlies Tour and Hooters Tour) from 2000 to 2002.[1] He played the Nationwide Tour in 2003, winning the Clearwater Classic and finishing 6th on the money list to earn his 2004 PGA Tour card.

Palmer's first career PGA Tour win came at the 2004 FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a three stroke victory over Briny Baird and Vijay Singh. Four years later, he earned his second career win during the PGA Tour Fall Series, at the 2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic where wet, rainy conditions made the course play tough all week. He won by making a ten foot putt for birdie on the final hole on Sunday to finish seven under par and win by one stroke over five players. He was 143rd on the money list entering the week, but this win secured his playing status on Tour for 2009 and 2010.

In January 2010, Palmer won his third career PGA Tour title at the Sony Open in Hawaii. A final round 66 secured his victory by one stroke over Robert Allenby.[2]

Palmer came close to winning a fourth career title at his hometown event the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas in May 2011. Palmer entered the final round leading by one stroke, but as the final round progressed in windy conditions he had to hole a birdie putt on the last to enter a playoff with Keegan Bradley. On the first playoff hole, the 18th, both players hit their tee shots out to the right amongst the trees. Bradley played his approach to just short of the green whereas Palmer hooked his approach shot into the water. Palmer pitched up close to the hole and made bogey but Bradley was able to win with a pitch and putt par.[3]

In March 2014, Palmer lost another sudden-death playoff at the Honda Classic, after missing a five footer for what would have been the win on the 18th green in regulation play. He entered the four-man playoff, having been the only one to shoot an under-par final round. However, in the playoff, after missing the green in two, he could not get up and down, leaving Russell Henley to hole from three feet for victory. This was Palmer's second runner-up finish of the year, after finishing two shots behind Patrick Reed at the Humana Challenge in January 2014.

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 24, 2004 FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort 68-68-68-62=266 −22 3 strokes United States Briny Baird, Fiji Vijay Singh
2 Nov 2, 2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic 67-71-72-71=281 −7 1 stroke United States Ken Duke, United States Michael Letzig,
United States George McNeill, United States Vaughn Taylor,
United States Nicholas Thompson
3 Jan 17, 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii 65-66-68-66=265 −15 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship United States Keegan Bradley Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2014 Honda Classic United States Russell Henley, Scotland Russell Knox, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Henley won with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 9, 2003 Clearwater Classic 69-63-71-68=271 −17 3 strokes Australia Andre Stolz

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T39 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 T49 DNP DNP CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament CUT 10 CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP T21 DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP T30 DNP DNP T58
PGA Championship T33 T19 CUT T47 T5

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 1 1 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 6
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 4 19 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2010 PGA – 2011 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice, current)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ryan Palmer Foundation - Road to the PGA
  2. ^ "Palmer holds on to claim Sony Open title". CNN. January 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Palmer beaten in hometown event by rookie Bradley". Sky Sports. May 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 

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