Jhonattan Vegas

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Jhonattan Vegas
Personal information
Born (1984-08-19) 19 August 1984 (age 33)
Maturín, Venezuela
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  Venezuela
Residence Houston, Texas
Career
College University of Texas
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Web.com Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Web.com Tour 1
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T38: 2018
U.S. Open T41: 2018
The Open Championship CUT: 2017
PGA Championship T22: 2016

Jhonattan Vegas (born 19 August 1984) is a Venezuelan professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Vegas was born in Maturín, Venezuela. He played college golf at the University of Texas,[1] graduating with a degree in kinesiology.[2] Vegas turned professional in 2008 and started playing the Nationwide Tour in 2009.

Professional career[edit]

Vegas represented Venezuela in the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup with Alfredo Adrian. They finished tied for 12th place.

Vegas won his first Nationwide Tour event in 2010 at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.[1] He finished the season 7th on the money list and earned his 2011 PGA Tour card, the first Venezuelan to do so.

On 23 January 2011, Vegas won his first PGA Tour event, the Bob Hope Classic, after defeating Tour veteran Bill Haas and Gary Woodland in a sudden death playoff.[3] It was Vegas' fifth overall start on the PGA Tour and the second as a member of the tour. The victory is the first by a Venezuelan at a PGA Tour event;[4] Vegas earned entry into the Masters and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. In his next start he finished in a tie for 3rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, holding a share of the lead on the back nine and moved to a career OWGR high of 69th. Vegas was the first PGA Tour rookie to lead the FedEx Cup standings.

In July 2012, Vegas was the runner-up finisher at the annual Telus World Skins Game to Paul Casey held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after having won the 2011 event in Banff, Alberta.[5]

Vegas started 2013 with three missed cuts in three tournaments. He sat out the remainder of the 2013 season after shoulder surgery.[6] Vegas attempted to regain his PGA Tour status through the Web.com Tour Finals, but fell short and started the 2013–14 season on a Medical Extension. He satisfied his medical extension with a T3 finish at the John Deere Classic.

Vegas finished the 2014–15 season 153rd in the FedEx Cup and just outside the top 25 in the Web.com Tour Finals, limiting him to past champion status for the 2015–16 PGA Tour season. After some near-wins and collapses during the season, he earned his second career PGA Tour win at the RBC Canadian Open, regaining full Tour privileges through the 2017–18 season. He was also Venezuela's representative in golf for the 2016 Summer Olympics. On 30 July 2017 Vegas successfully defended his title at the RBC Canadian Open for his third PGA Tour win. The win also moved him to a career-high 48th in the OWGR.

Vegas peaked at 35th in the world and in 2017, he became the first player from Venezuela to compete in the Presidents Cup.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Jan 2011 Bob Hope Classic 64-67-67-66-69=333 −27 Playoff United States Bill Haas, United States Gary Woodland
2 24 Jul 2016 RBC Canadian Open 73-69-70-64=276 −12 1 stroke United States Dustin Johnson, Scotland Martin Laird,
Spain Jon Rahm
3 30 Jul 2017 RBC Canadian Open (2) 66-69-67-65=267 −21 Playoff United States Charley Hoffman

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 Bob Hope Classic United States Bill Haas, United States Gary Woodland Won with par on the second extra hole
Haas eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2017 RBC Canadian Open United States Charley Hoffman Won with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 8 Aug 2010 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open −20 (65-68-67-64=264) 1 stroke United States Roberto Castro

Tour de las Américas wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T38
U.S. Open CUT T41
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T51 T22 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship T31 T38 T20
Match Play T17 T52
Bridgestone Invitational T66 T17
HSBC Champions 10 T45 T20
  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Former Longhorn rallies from six-stroke deficit to record first career Nationwide Tour victory
  2. ^ Dorman, Larry (1 February 2011). "The Venezuelan Golfer Jhonattan Vegas Gains Notice". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jhonattan Vegas gives Venezuela first big golf win". BBC Sport. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Jhonattan Vegas wins Hope Classic in playoff
  5. ^ "Paul Casey beats Jhonattan Vegas in skins game shootout". CBC Sports. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Vegas has surgery on left shoulder". PGA Tour. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 

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