Sam Saunders (golfer)
|Full name||Samuel Palmer Saunders|
July 30, 1987|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
St. Augustine, Florida|
Fort Collins, Colorado
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||T50: 2015|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Saunders parents are Roy and Amy (Palmer) Saunders; his mother Amy is the younger daughter of Arnold and Winnie Palmer. Saunders attended high school at Trinity Prep in Winter Park. As a senior, he won his second club championship at Bay Hill Club and Lodge by seventeen strokes, which earned him an invitation to the 2006 PGA Tour event hosted by his grandfather. He attended Clemson University in South Carolina, and skipped his senior season to turn pro.
In 2011, he played a total of 13 events – eight on the PGA Tour, with a best finish of 15th at Pebble Beach – and the Nationwide Tour, where he finished tenth in Panama. That same year, Saunders made it to the final stage of the tour's qualifying school, but finished tied for 109th and did not earn a PGA Tour card. Saunders finished 50th on the 2012 Web.com Tour season in his first full professional season.
Saunders played on the Web.com Tour in 2014 after earning his tour card through qualifying school. He finished 13th in the Web.com Tour Finals to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season. On September 29, 2017, he shot 59 in the first round of the Web.com Tour Championship, including a 6 birdie finish.
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- 2014 Web.com Tour Finals graduates
- 2015 Web.com Tour Finals graduates
- 2017 Web.com Tour Finals graduates
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- "Arnold Palmer's wife dies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. November 22, 1999. p. 3C.
- "Fantastic Arnold Palmer rated legend and outstanding personality in sports". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. March 31, 1963. p. 42.
- "Arnie Palmer has troubles and his Army wants to help". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. June 8, 1969. p. 63.
- "Palmer teams with grandson for golf event". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. December 6, 2003. p. B4.
- "Sam Saunders profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "Sam Saunders Career Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, shoots 59 on Web.com Tour". ESPN. September 28, 2017.
- Silvy, Tyler (December 29, 2013). "Arnold Palmer's grandson, Fort Collins resident playing his best golf when it matters most". Fort Collins Coloradoan.