|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Scott Rachal Verplank|
July 9, 1964 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)|
|Children||Scottie, Hannah, Emma, Heidi Ann|
|College||Oklahoma State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T8: 2003|
|U.S. Open||T7: 2007|
|The Open Championship||T7: 2004|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2011|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
|Ben Hogan Award||2002|
Scott Rachal Verplank (born July 9, 1964) is an American professional golfer.
Verplank was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He was a leading member of the W.T. White High School Golf Team and a regular at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. While attending Oklahoma State University, he won the 1985 Western Open, becoming the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event since Doug Sanders won the 1956 Canadian Open. While at Oklahoma State, Verplank was a member of the 1983 NCAA Championship team finishing T3 alongside teammates Tommy Moore, Willie Wood, Andy Dillard, and Philip Walton. He went on later to win the 1984 U.S. Amateur at the Oak Tree Golf Club, and in 1986, win the NCAA individual title.
Verplank graduated and turned professional in 1986. His career has been solid, with five wins on the PGA Tour, and two Ryder Cup appearances, in 2002 and 2006. He has diabetes and was awarded the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, given by the Golf Writers Association of America to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Verplank uses an insulin pump during play. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings, going as high as 11th in 2001.
He hit a hole-in-one on the 14th hole during a singles match against Pádraig Harrington at the 2006 Ryder Cup. The shot did not impact the overall result, however, as Europe had already won the trophy. Nonetheless, he was the first American player to achieve a hole-in-one during the Ryder Cup. His Ryder Cup record is 4 wins and 1 loss.
Verplank's most recent win was the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, in which he defeated Luke Donald by one stroke. Verplank called the EDS Byron Nelson Championship "a fifth major", and also mentioned that "Byron was with me today" (the 2007 tournament was the first held after Nelson's death).
In December 2010, Verplank was named a 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former NCAA student-athletes for distinguished career accomplishment on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.
Verplank competed in the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational finishing T38 and then the following week at the Shell Houston Open in which Verplank finished T2 behind Phil Mickelson. Verplank had held a joint 54-hole lead with Mickelson and even held the lead on his own at a number of stages during the final round, however his lack of competitive golf proved costly throughout the final few holes and he was unable to close out the victory. This was his best finish on tour in 18 months since finishing T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2009. At the start of the 2013 season, he was ranked 17th in All Time PGA Tour Career Winnings.
Verplank played the 2013 season on a Major Medical Extension after hip and wrist injuries in 2012. He started the 2014 season in a similar fashion, but was not able to satisfy the medical exemption and is using his career money list exemption for the remainder of the season.
Amateur wins (7)
- 1983 Porter Cup
- 1984 U.S. Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur
- 1985 Western Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Porter Cup
- 1986 NCAA individual title
Professional wins (8)
PGA Tour wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Aug 4, 1985||Western Open*||−9 (68-68-69-74=279)||Playoff||Jim Thorpe|
|2||Jul 31, 1988||Buick Open||−20 (66-66-70-66=268)||2 strokes||Doug Tewell|
|3||Aug 27, 2000||Reno-Tahoe Open||−13 (69-68-71-67=275)||Playoff||Jean van de Velde|
|4||Sep 9, 2001||Bell Canadian Open||−14 (70-63-66-67=266)||3 strokes||Joey Sindelar, Bob Estes|
|5||Apr 29, 2007||EDS Byron Nelson Championship||−13 (67-68-66-66=267)||1 stroke||Luke Donald|
- Verplank won the Western Open as an amateur.
PGA Tour playoff record (2–4)
|1.||1985||Western Open||Jim Thorpe||Won with par on second extra hole|
|2.||1998||Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic||Trevor Dodds||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|3.||2000||Reno-Tahoe Open||Jean van de Velde||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|4.||2001||Verizon Byron Nelson Classic||Robert Damron||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|5.||2004||Ford Championship at Doral||Craig Parry||Lost to eagle on first extra hole|
|6||2010||Travelers Championship||Corey Pavin, Bubba Watson||Watson won with par on second extra hole
Pavin eliminated with par on first hole
Other wins (3)
- 1997 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament
- 1998 World Cup of Golf - individual title (not a PGA Tour event)
- 2006 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson, unofficial event)
Results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T34 LA||T15||CUT||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T15|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T30||T37||CUT||T7||T23||T31||T57||T58||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T76||DNP||DNP|
LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||13||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2004 Masters – 2005 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2003 Masters – 2003 U.S. Open)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R32||DNP||R32||R32||R64||R64||R64||R32||R64||R64|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R64|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
U.S. national team appearances
- World Cup: 1998 (individual title), 2004
- Ryder Cup: 2002, 2006
- Presidents Cup: 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners)
- Scott Verplank at the PGA Tour official site
- Scott Verplank at the Official World Golf Ranking official site