An Byeong-hun

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An Byeong-hun
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name An Byeong-hun
Born (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95.0 kg (209.4 lb; 14.96 st)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Career
College University of California, Berkeley
Turned professional 2011
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) Challenge Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Challenge Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2010, 2016
U.S. Open T23: 2016
The Open Championship T26: 2014
PGA Championship CUT: 2015, 2016
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2015

An Byeong-hun (Hangul: 안병훈, Hanja: 安秉勛) (born 17 September 1991), or Byeong-Hun An, is a professional golfer from Seoul, South Korea. In August 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Seoul, South Korea, An is the son of Ahn Jae-Hyung and Jiao Zhimin, both of whom were medalists in table tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[1]

An moved to the United States in December 2005 to attend the The David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he was also known as Ben An.[2]

In August 2009, at age 17, An became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur when he defeated Ben Martin 7 & 5 in the 36-hole final at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[3] He made his PGA Tour debut in March 2010 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, two weeks before playing in The Masters.[2] An made the cut at the 2010 Verizon Heritage and was one shot off the lead during the second round before finishing the tournament T-59.[4]

At the 2010 U.S. Amateur, An became the first defending champion to advance to the semifinals since Tiger Woods in 1996.[5] After An took a 3-up lead after nine holes in his semifinal match, his opponent David Chung rallied to defeat An 1-up.[6]

Professional career[edit]

An turned professional in 2011 and earned a spot on the Challenge Tour via qualifying school.[7]

In June 2013, An had his best finish to date on the Challenge Tour, tied for second place at the Scottish Hydro Challenge.[8] In August 2014, he won his first Challenge Tour event at the Rolex Trophy, making An the first Korean to win on the Challenge Tour.[9] He finished 2014 in third place in the Challenge Tour Rankings, and moved up to the European Tour.

In May 2015, he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He was only the second player to win both the U.S. Amateur and the British PGA Championship, after Arnold Palmer. In 2016, An lost in a playoff at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the first hole.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans United States Brian Stuard,
United States Jamie Lovemark
Stuard won with birdie on second extra hole
An eliminated with par on first hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 24 May 2015 BMW PGA Championship 71-64-67-65=267 −21 6 strokes Thailand Thongchai Jaidee, Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 24 Aug 2014 Rolex Trophy 63-69-73-64=269 −19 3 strokes France Benjamin Hebert

Korean Tour wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T23
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T26 CUT T59
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 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 3 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 3
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2016 U.S. Open – 2016 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – none

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seung-woo, Kang (31 August 2009). "An Becomes Youngest U.S. Amateur Champ". The Korea Times. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, Farrell (24 March 2010). "Questions for ... Byeong-Hun An". Golf.com. 
  3. ^ Latzke, Jeff (30 August 2009). "US Amateur Champ Is Youngest Ever - Again - at 17". Dallas Morning News. Associated Press. 
  4. ^ Iacobelli, Pete (17 April 2010). "Furyk tops packed Harbour Town leaderboard". NBC Sports. 
  5. ^ Herrington, Ryan (27 August 2010). "Uihlein Wins Cowboy Quarterfinal Shootout". Golf Digest. 
  6. ^ "Byeong-Hun An Loses at U.S. Amateur". ESPN. 28 August 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Former U.S. Am champ joins Chandler's ISM group". GolfWeek. 18 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "2013 Scottish Hydro Challenge – Leaderboard". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "An claims Rolex glory in Geneva". PGA European Tour. 24 August 2013. 

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