Bud Cauley

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Bud Cauley
Cauley in 2014
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Carl Cauley III
Born (1990-03-16) March 16, 1990 (age 33)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceJacksonville Beach, Florida
CollegeUniversity of Alabama
Turned professional2011
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins1
Highest ranking53 (September 23, 2012)[1]
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipT33: 2017
U.S. OpenT63: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT32: 2013

William Carl "Bud" Cauley III (born March 16, 1990) is an American professional golfer.

Amateur career[edit]

Cauley was born in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was home schooled by his parents. He was ranked top-five nationally in junior golf and among top 15 in the world. As a junior golfer, Cauley was a member of the 2006 Junior Ryder Cup, and the 2008 USA Junior World Golf Championships team. He was also a co-medalist at the 2008 Toyota World Junior Amateur Championships. When Cauley moved up to amateur events he was ranked No. 1 in junior golf.

Cauley chose to play college golf for the University of Alabama golf team, where he became one of the best in the program's history. He was a three-time first-team Golfweek All-American during his three years at Alabama. He was also a finalist for the Hogan Award, given to the best college golfer, all three years at Alabama. Cauley was a member of the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team, where he posted a 3-0-1 record. In 2009, Cauley was the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year. That year he captured his first collegiate victory at the United States Collegiate Championship. In 2008 he won the Players Amateur, qualifying him for the 2010 Verizon Heritage on the PGA Tour. He played in the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Amateur; in 2009 Cauley beat the world's No. 1 amateur, Rickie Fowler, in the first round of match play. He also won the Terra Cotta Invitational in 2008.

Professional career[edit]

After finishing his junior year at Alabama, Cauley qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open and decided to turn professional, foregoing his senior season.[2] Cauley did not miss a cut in the first four PGA Tour events he played, which included a T4 at the Viking Classic. He also finished T4 at the Nationwide Tour's Utah Championship. Cauley made the cut at the 2011 U.S. Open, finishing T63 and guaranteeing a bypass to the second stage of Q School.[3]

Cauley also finished third at the 2011 Frys.com Open, earning $340,000. In 2011, Cauley earned $735,150 in eight PGA Tour starts. He finished the equivalent of 116th on the 2011 money list, joining Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Ryan Moore, and Tiger Woods as those who avoided Q school and went directly to the PGA Tour after college.

In 2012, Cauley's had four top-10 finishes; he was in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking by the end of July of that year.

In 2013, Cauley made only 10 cuts in 24 events. He played in the Web.com Tour Finals and finished 18th to retain his PGA Tour card for 2014.

Professional wins (1)[edit]

Web.com Tour wins (1)[edit]

Finals event (1)
Other Web.com Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 31, 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship −20 (66-70-67-65=268) 1 stroke United States Colt Knost

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T63 CUT
The Open Championship T32
PGA Championship CUT T33
Tournament 2019 2020
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T37
U.S. Open
The Open Championship NT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT CUT CUT T47
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 38 2012 Ending 23 Sep 2012" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Ex-Tide star Bud Cauley making his pro debut today at U.S. Open
  3. ^ Former Alabama golfer Bud Cauley could skip 'Q' school

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