|— Golfer —|
|Full name||William Todd Hamilton|
October 18, 1965 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|Children||Tyler, Kaylee, Drake|
|College||University of Oklahoma|
|Current tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (2004–12)
Japan Golf Tour (1992–2003)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||11|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T15: 2009|
|U.S. Open||T36: 2008, 2009|
|The Open Championship||Won: 2004|
|PGA Championship||T29: 2003|
|Achievements and awards|
Rookie of the Year
William Todd Hamilton (born October 18, 1965) is an American professional golfer.
Hamilton was born in the small west-central Illinois city of Galesburg. He grew up in an even smaller Henderson County town on the Mississippi called Oquawka. He attended Union High School in Biggsville, Illinois and played golf regularly on the local 9-hole golf course (now an 18 holes), Hend-Co Hills Golf Course now closed. He went to the University of Oklahoma for college where he continued to play.
Hamilton turned professional in 1987 but was unable to gain entrance to the PGA Tour. Instead he played internationally for many years, primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. When he left the Japan Golf Tour, he was the all-time leading non-Japanese money winner on it, with earnings of over 630 million yen and had won 11 times.
After eight tries, at the age of 38, Hamilton went back to Qualifying School in 2003 where he finally earned his first PGA Card.
Hamilton won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 Honda Classic. He birdied the final two holes to beat Davis Love III by one stroke at 12 under par. Later that year, Hamilton defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club.
These two victories in his first season on the PGA Tour led to Hamilton's being named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2004.
Hamilton lives in Westlake, Texas.
Professional wins (17)
PGA Tour wins (2)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Mar 14, 2004||Honda Classic||−12 (68-66-6874=276)||1 stroke||Davis Love III|
|2||Jul 18, 2004||The Open Championship||−10 (71-67-67-69=274)||Playoff||Ernie Els|
Japan Golf Tour wins (11)
- 1992 (1) Maruman Open
- 1993 (1) Acom International
- 1994 (2) PGA Philanthropy Tournament, Japan PGA Match-Play Championship Promise Cup
- 1995 (1) Token Corporation Cup
- 1996 (1) PGA Philanthropy Tournament
- 1998 (1) Gene Sarazen Jun Classic
- 2003 (4) Fujisankei Classic, Diamond Cup Tournament, Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open, Japan PGA Match-Play Championship
Other wins (4)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2004||The Open Championship||1 shot lead||−10 (71-67-67-69=274)||Playoff 1||Ernie Els|
1 Defeated Ernie Els in 4-hole playoff: Hamilton (4-4-3-4=15), Els (4-4-4-4=16)
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||T45||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||1||CUT||T68||CUT||T32||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T73|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||1||1||1||12||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2007 PGA – 2008 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
- "There are probably a lot of other golfers who deserve it talent-wise to win this, but I can guarantee you that there is no one that'll appreciate it more than me." – On winning his first PGA tour event the 2004 Honda Classic.
- "I was trying to look around as much as I could to soak it all in, I've won tournaments around the world before, but nothing on a stage like this, so to be Open champion is very special." – On winning the 133rd Open Championship.
- Todd Hamilton at the PGA Tour official site
- Todd Hamilton at the Japan Golf Tour official site
- Todd Hamilton at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Article about "outsider" Open Winners