Justin Leonard

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Justin Leonard
Justin Leonard 2008.jpg
July 2008
Personal information
Full nameJustin Charles
Garrett Leonard
Born (1972-06-15) June 15, 1972 (age 46)
Dallas, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAspen, Colorado
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1994;
past champion status)
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT7: 1997
U.S. OpenT12: 2002
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1997
PGA Championship2nd/T2: 1997, 2004

Justin Charles Garrett Leonard (born June 15, 1972) is an American professional golfer. He has twelve career wins on the PGA Tour, including one major, the 1997 Open Championship.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Leonard 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.

PGA Tour[edit]

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.[1] 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 (14 m) 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.

After using his career money list exemption for the 2015–16 season and failing to make the FedEx Cup, Leonard played the 2016–17 season with past champion status.

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (12)[edit]

Major championships (1)
Players Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (10)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 Aug 4, 1996 Buick Open 65-64-69-68=266 −22 5 strokes United States Chip Beck
2 Jun 8, 1997 Kemper Open 69-69-69-67=274 −10 1 stroke United States Mark Wiebe
3 Jul 20, 1997 The Open Championship 69-66-72-65=272 −12 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik
4 Mar 29, 1998 The Players Championship 72-69-70-67=278 −10 2 strokes United States Glen Day, United States Tom Lehman
5 Sep 24, 2000 Westin Texas Open at LaCantera 64-68-65-64=261 −19 5 strokes United States Mark Wiebe
6 Sep 30, 2001 Texas Open at LaCantera (2) 65-64-68-69=266 −18 2 strokes United States J. J. Henry, United States Matt Kuchar
7 Apr 21, 2002 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf 67-64-66-73=270 −14 1 stroke United States Heath Slocum
8 Mar 16, 2003 The Honda Classic 63-70-64-67=264 −24 1 stroke United States Chad Campbell, United States Davis Love III
9 Jan 30, 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic 66-67-68-64-67=332 −28 3 strokes South Africa Tim Clark, United States Joe Ogilvie
10 May 29, 2005 FedEx St. Jude Classic 62-65-66-73=266 −14 1 stroke United States David Toms
11 Oct 7, 2007 Valero Texas Open (3) 65-67-64-65=261 −19 Playoff Sweden Jesper Parnevik
12 Jun 8, 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship (2) 68-73-67-68=276 −4 Playoff Australia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor Immelman

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 Phoenix Open United States Phil Mickelson Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 1999 The Open Championship Scotland Paul Lawrie, France Jean van de Velde Lawrie won 4-hole aggregate playoff (Lawrie:15, Leonard:18, Van de Velde:18)
3 2002 Bell Canadian Open United States Neal Lancaster, United States John Rollins Rollins won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2004 PGA Championship United States Chris DiMarco, Fiji Vijay Singh Singh won 3-hole aggregate playoff (Singh:10, DiMarco:11, Leonard:11)
5 2007 Valero Texas Open Sweden Jesper Parnevik Won with birdie on third extra hole
6 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship Australia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor Immelman Won with birdie on second extra hole
7 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic Trinidad and Tobago Canada Stephen Ames, United States George McNeill Ames won with par on second extra hole
Leonard eliminated with par on first hole

Other wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1997 The Open Championship 5 shot deficit −12 (69-66-72-65=272) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T27 T7 T8 T18
U.S. Open T68 LA T50 T36 T40 T15
The Open Championship CUT T58 CUT 1 T57 T2
PGA Championship T8 T5 2 CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 T27 T20 CUT T35 T13 T39 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T16 CUT T12 T20 CUT T23 CUT CUT T36 CUT
The Open Championship T41 CUT T14 CUT T16 T52 CUT T16 T8
PGA Championship T41 T10 T4 CUT T2 CUT CUT CUT T58 T67
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T14 59
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T13 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T39
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 6 15 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 5 17 12
The Open Championship 1 1 0 2 3 7 22 11
PGA Championship 0 2 0 4 6 6 16 10
Totals 1 3 0 6 11 24 70 44
  • 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[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R32 R16 R64 R32 R64 R64 R64 4
CA Championship T11 T25 NT1 T11 T28 T46 T34
Bridgestone Invitational 20 T2 T28 T23 T50 T19 T31 T9 T20
Tournament 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship QF R64
CA Championship T9
Bridgestone Invitational 44 T22
HSBC Champions

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). OWGR. Retrieved October 15, 2013.

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