|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Justin Charles Garrett Leonard|
June 15, 1972 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Children||Reese, Avery, Luke, Skylar|
|College||University of Texas|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1994)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T7: 1997|
|U.S. Open||T12: 2002|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1997|
|PGA Championship||2nd/T2: 1997, 2004|
Justin Charles Garrett Leonard (born June 15, 1972) is an American professional golfer.
Leonard was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Lake Highlands High School and graduated in 1990. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was the individual NCAA champion in 1994. He won the 1992 U.S. Amateur and was a two-time All-American in 1993 and 1994. He won the Haskins Award in 1994 as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. That same year Leonard became only the fourth golfer to go directly from college to the PGA Tour without going through Q School, after Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, and Phil Mickelson.
Leonard's wins on the PGA Tour included one of golf's four majors, the 1997 Open Championship, as well as the 1998 Players Championship. He ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 24 weeks in 1998 and 1999. Leonard also had opportunities to win other major championships, notably at the 1999 Open Championship and the 2004 PGA Championship; in both instances he fell into a playoff with a bogey on the 72nd hole.
At the 1997 PGA Championship, Leonard was tied with Davis Love III for the 54-hole lead. Love shot a final round 66 to win by five shots over Leonard, who finished solo second. Leonard was ahead by three shots at the 54-hole mark of the 2002 PGA Championship before shooting a final round 77 and finishing tied for fourth.
Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1999, and 2008. In the 1999 event, Leonard made a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a remarkable comeback by the U.S. team on the final day. The victory was somewhat marred by the celebration following Leonard's putt, when other U.S. players, their wives, and a few fans ran onto the green even though Leonard's opponent, José María Olazábal, still had an opportunity to match Leonard on the hole.
Amateur wins (6)
- 1992 Western Amateur, Southern Amateur, U.S. Amateur
- 1993 Western Amateur, Southern Amateur
- 1994 NCAA Division I Championship
Professional wins (13)
PGA Tour wins (12)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Aug 4, 1996||Buick Open||−22 (65-64-69-68=266)||5 strokes||Chip Beck|
|2||Jun 8, 1997||Kemper Open||−10 (69-69-69-67=274)||1 stroke||Mark Wiebe|
|3||Jul 20, 1997||The Open Championship||−12 (69-66-72-65=272)||3 strokes||Darren Clarke, Jesper Parnevik|
|4||Mar 29, 1998||The Players Championship||−10 (72-69-70-67=278)||2 strokes||Glen Day, Tom Lehman|
|5||Sep 24, 2000||Westin Texas Open at LaCantera||−19 (64-68-65-64=261)||5 strokes||Mark Wiebe|
|6||Sep 30, 2001||Texas Open at LaCantera (2)||−18 (65-64-68-69=266)||2 strokes||J. J. Henry, Matt Kuchar|
|7||Apr 21, 2002||WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf||−14 (67-64-66-73=270)||1 stroke||Heath Slocum|
|8||Mar 16, 2003||The Honda Classic||−24 (63-70-64-67=264)||1 stroke||Chad Campbell, Davis Love III|
|9||Jan 30, 2005||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||−28 (66-67-68-64-67=332)||3 strokes||Tim Clark, Joe Ogilvie|
|10||May 29, 2005||FedEx St. Jude Classic||−14 (62-65-66-73=266)||1 stroke||David Toms|
|11||Oct 7, 2007||Valero Texas Open (3)||−19 (65-67-64-65=261)||Playoff||Jesper Parnevik|
|12||Jun 8, 2008||Stanford St. Jude Championship (2)||−4 (68-73-67-68=276)||Playoff||Robert Allenby, Trevor Immelman|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)
|1||1996||Phoenix Open||Phil Mickelson||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1999||The Open Championship||Paul Lawrie, Jean van de Velde||Lawrie won 4-hole aggregate playoff (Lawrie:15, Leonard:18, Van de Velde:18)|
|3||2002||Bell Canadian Open||Neal Lancaster, John Rollins||Rollins won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2004||PGA Championship||Chris DiMarco, Vijay Singh||Singh won 3-hole aggregate playoff (Singh:10, DiMarco:11, Leonard:11)|
|5||2007||Valero Texas Open||Jesper Parnevik||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|6||2008||Stanford St. Jude Championship||Robert Allenby, Trevor Immelman||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|7||2009||Children's Miracle Network Classic||Stephen Ames, George McNeill||Ames won with par on second extra hole
Leonard eliminated with par on first hole
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|1997||The Open Championship||5 shot deficit||−12 (69-66-72-65=272)||3 strokes||Darren Clarke, Jesper Parnevik|
|U.S. Open||T68 LA||DNP||DNP||T50||T36||T40||T15|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||T58||CUT||1||T57||T2|
|The Open Championship||T41||CUT||T14||CUT||T16||T52||DNP||CUT||T16||T8|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T13||CUT||CUT||CUT|
LA = Low Amateur
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||1||0||2||3||7||22||11|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1996 PGA – 1998 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1997 Open Championship – 1998 Masters)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R32||R32||R16||R64||R32||R64||R64||R64||DNP||4|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||QF||R64|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
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.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
U.S. national team appearances
- Presidents Cup: 1996 (winners), 1998, 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2009 (winners)
- Ryder Cup: 1997, 1999 (winners), 2008 (winners)
- Dunhill Cup: 1997
- World Cup: 1997, 2003
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). OWGR. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
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