Paul Goydos

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Paul Goydos
Personal information
Full namePaul David Goydos
Born (1964-06-20) June 20, 1964 (age 56)
Long Beach, California
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceCoto de Caza, California
ChildrenChelsea, Courtney
CollegeLong Beach State University
Turned professional1989
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Ben Hogan Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking39 (January 14, 2007)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour1
PGA Tour Champions5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1996, 2007
PGA ChampionshipT29: 1997
U.S. OpenT12: 1999
The Open Championship72nd: 2009

Paul David Goydos (born June 20, 1964) is an American professional golfer who has played on the Ben Hogan Tour, PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

Early life[edit]

Goydos was born and raised in Long Beach, California and is the youngest of three brothers. He began golfing at a very young age, winning his local course championship while still in junior high school. He attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, and went on to attend Long Beach State University on a golf scholarship. He graduated with a BA in finance and worked for a short time as a substitute teacher at an inner city high school. He turned pro in 1989 and started out as a struggling mini-tour player, supplementing his income by continuing to work as a substitute teacher.

Professional career[edit]

In 1991 and 1992, he played on the Ben Hogan Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour), earning one victory at the 1992 Ben Hogan Yuma Open. He earned his PGA Tour card for 1993 by going through Qualifying School.

Goydos won two PGA Tour events – the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii. He has amassed more than 40 top-10 finishes and has more than $12 million in career earnings (on the PGA Tour). His best finish in a major was a T-12 at the 1999 U.S. Open.[2]

Goydos had only two starts in 2004, both coming at the end of the year, because of sinus surgery and hip problems; he played in 2005 under a Major Medical Exemption. His victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2007 elevated Goydos into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Goydos lost in a playoff at The Players Championship in 2008 to Sergio García when he put his tee shot on the par-3 17th (the first playoff hole) in the water.

During the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic, Goydos became the fourth, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59. His round included 12 birdies and 6 pars.[3]

Goydos played in six events in 2012 before bone spurs in his left wrist and subsequent surgery forced him out of action for 15 months. He missed the cut in two events in 2013. He started the 2014 season on a Major Medical Extension, but was unable to satisfy the requirements and was demoted to the Past Champions category. At the same time, Goydos became eligible for the Champions Tour.

PGA Tour Champions career[edit]

On September 21, 2014, he earned his first Champions Tour victory in the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship with a tournament record score of 19-under-par. He became the eighth player to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored major tours (PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, and PGA Tour Champions).

On February 8, 2015, he won his second Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida. He finished his 2015 season with over 1 million dollars earned.[4]

On July 10, 2016, he won his third PGA Tour Champions event, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York. He shot 67-66-69, to win by two shots over Wes Short Jr. The signature shot for the tournament was his drive of the sub-300 yard, par-4 16th hole, in which on Saturday, his drive landed less than 10 feet from the hole and he would make the putt for an eagle 2. With this victory, in addition to earning a $300,000 first prize check, vaulted him to collect over 15 million dollars from his combined earnings on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

He won his fourth PGA Tour Champions event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship by posting scores of 62-67-66 to hold off the late charges of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie. This win put him over the million dollar mark in earnings for the second consecutive year, and he finished the overall Charles Schwab Cup Championship points chase in third place.

At the end of July 2017, Goydos had two top-10 finishes to his credit for the season. During the first round of the 3M Championship, he shot a 2-under-par 70, but over the weekend, he had rounds of 60 (a course record) and 66 to finish at 20-under-par and in a tie with Gene Sauers. Then on the first playoff hole, Sauers hit his second shot in the water and had to take a drop. With Goydos safely on in two shots, he two-putted for a birdie and his fifth win on the PGA Tour Champions. For his last 37 holes played, he shot 19-under-par. By the end of 2017, he had earned $878,168 for the season; which was good enough to finish in the top 20 of the 2017 PGA Tour Champions Tour money list (19 place overall).

In the 2018 season, Goydos had a very solid year of performance which included seven top-10 finishes, amassing over 900,000 dollars earned, and finishing the Charles Schwab Cup standings in 12th place. As of the end of the 2018 season, he has earned just under five million dollars in his PGA Tour Champions career ($4,997,332).

His 2019 season produced very similar results to 2018, with a total of eight top-10 finishes, his highest being at the Regions Tradition (tied for second place), and earning just under 950,000 dollars for the season, to finish in the top 25 of the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

In 2020, he was limited to playing in only 11 events, however, two top-10 finishes late in the season at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship allowed him to earn slightly over $300,000 for the season and he ended up in 36th place in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Ryder Cup[edit]

Goydos has not played in the Ryder Cup but was selected by U.S. team captain Corey Pavin as one of his vice-captains for the 2010 event.[5]


Goydos was inducted into the inaugural class of the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Long Beach State 49er Athletic Hall of Fame the same year. The golf ball that was used when he shot 59 is at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

Goydos has two children, Chelsea and Courtney. Ex-wife Wendy (Medak) died of a possible drug overdose (pending toxicology report) while attempting to treat migraines in 2009.[6]

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 17, 1996 Bay Hill Invitational −13 (67-74-67-67=275) 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert
2 Jan 14, 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii −14 (66-63-70-67=266) 1 stroke England Luke Donald, United States Charles Howell III

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2008 The Players Championship Spain Sergio García Lost to par on first extra hole

Ben Hogan Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Feb 16, 1992 Ben Hogan Yuma Open −12 (68-65-68=201) 1 stroke United States Jeff Coston, United States Taylor Smith

Other wins (2)[edit]

PGA Tour Champions wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 21, 2014 Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship −19 (66-63-68=197) 1 stroke United States Scott Dunlap, United States Fred Funk
2 Feb 8, 2015 Allianz Championship −12 (66-69-69=204) 1 stroke United States Gene Sauers
3 Jul 10, 2016 Dick's Sporting Goods Open −14 (67-66-69=202) 2 strokes United States Wes Short Jr.
4 Nov 13, 2016 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −15 (62-67-66=195) 2 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer
5 Aug 6, 2017 3M Championship −20 (70-60-66=196) Playoff United States Gene Sauers

PGA Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2017 3M Championship United States Gene Sauers Won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T44 T62 CUT T28 T12
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T73 T29 T34 T31
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Masters Tournament CUT
The Open Championship CUT 72 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T31 T67 CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway 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 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 6
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 23 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1996 PGA – 1999 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
The Players Championship T62 T49 CUT CUT T57 T38 CUT T68 CUT 2 CUT T52 3
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2007
Match Play R64
Championship T50
Invitational T74

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 2 2007 Ending 14 Jan 2007" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Paul Goydos". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Goydos shoots fourth 59 in tour history". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Paul Goydos profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ryder Cup: Clarke, McGinley and Bjorn are vice-captains". BBC Sport. July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Feinstein, John (May 2009). "'A real-life tragedy'". Golf Digest.

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