Woody Austin

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Woody Austin
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Albert Woody Austin II
Born (1964-01-27) January 27, 1964 (age 50)
Tampa, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Derby, Kansas
Career
College University of Miami
Turned professional 1986
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Other 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1996, 2008
U.S. Open T23: 1996
The Open Championship T39: 2008
PGA Championship 2nd: 2007
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1995

Albert Woody Austin II (born January 27, 1964) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Austin was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended the University of Miami, where he was a member of the golf team coached by Norman C. Parsons Jr. He graduated in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration and turned professional later that year.

Austin won PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 1995. He has won four times on tour: the 1995 Buick Open, the 2004 Buick Championship, the 2007 Stanford St. Jude Championship shooting a final round 62, and the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship (where he became the 8th oldest winner in Tour history, just younger than Raymond Floyd).

During the 1997 Verizon Heritage, Austin intentionally struck his head with his putter five times. He hit his head so hard that the shaft bent.[1]

After the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship, Austin joked that he was named after actor Woody Harrelson (Harrelson being only three years older than Austin). He went on to finish 2nd behind Tiger Woods, his best major finish. This achievement moved Austin into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. During the 2007 Presidents Cup, Austin fell into a pond while attempting to hit a shot with one foot in the water.[2] During his singles match against 2007 U.S. Open Champion Ángel Cabrera, he wore a pair of swimming goggles.[1]

After struggling for years to maintain his PGA Tour Status, Austin won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, his first PGA Tour win in six years. In that season's PGA Championship, Austin was given a four-stroke penalty for having fifteen clubs in his bag; he would miss the cut by one stroke. Although Austin didn't do well enough to earn entry into the FedEx Cup (137th after making two cuts in eight events, plus the win was an alternate event only worth 300 FedEx Cup points rather than 500), his win earned him a tour card through 2015.

Austin was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame at its 40th Annual Banquet held February 13, 2008 at Miami's Jungle Island. He resides in Derby, Kansas.

Professional wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 6, 1995 Buick Open −18 (63-68-72-67=270) Playoff United States Mike Brisky
2 Aug 29, 2004 Buick Championship −10 (68-70-66-66=270) Playoff United States Tim Herron
3 Jun 10, 2007 Stanford St. Jude Championship −13 (72-66-67-62=267) 5 strokes England Brian Davis
4 Jul 21, 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship −20 (69-65-67-67=268) Playoff United States Cameron Beckman, United States Daniel Summerhays

PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1995 Buick Open United States Mike Brisky Won with par on second extra hole
2 2003 MCI Heritage United States Davis Love III Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
3 2004 Buick Championship United States Tim Herron Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship United States Cameron Beckman, United States Daniel Summerhays Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP T23 DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T23 T69 DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Open T37 DNP CUT T48 DNP DNP T32 CUT T71 DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T39 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T27 T62 T66 T16 2 CUT T36
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP 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 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 1 3 10 8
Totals 0 1 0 1 1 4 21 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2003 U.S. Open – 2006 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP QF DNP
CA Championship DNP DNP DNP T44 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T36 DNP T56 T52 T15

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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