Sam Saunders (golfer)

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Sam Saunders
Personal information
Full name Samuel Palmer Saunders
Born (1987-07-30) July 30, 1987 (age 31)
Orlando, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence St. Augustine, Florida
Fort Collins, Colorado
College Clemson University
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T50: 2015
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Samuel Palmer Saunders (born July 30, 1987) is an American professional golfer and the grandson of Arnold Palmer.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Saunders parents are Roy and Amy (Palmer) Saunders;[3] his mother Amy is the younger daughter of Arnold and Winnie Palmer.[4][5][6][7] Saunders attended high school at Trinity Prep in Winter Park.[8] 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.[3] He attended Clemson University in South Carolina, and skipped his senior season to turn pro.[9]

Pro career[edit]

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 Tour season in his first full professional season.

Saunders played on the Tour in 2014 after earning his tour card through qualifying school.[10] He finished 13th in the 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 Tour Championship, including a 6 birdie finish.[11]


Saunders and his wife Kelly were married in 2012 and reside in Fort Collins, Colorado, with their son, Ace, and Kelly's son Cohen.[1][12]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT T50
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Crouse, Karen (March 19, 2015). "Sam Saunders, a descendant of a King of Golf, carves his own path". New York Times. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sobel, Jason (March 17, 2016). "Saunders finally embracing grandfather Arnold Palmer". ESPN. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Bay Hill invite for Palmer's grandson". Daily News. (Kingsport, Tennessee). Reuters. March 13, 2006. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Jack (June 10, 1962). "Arnold Palmer – the winningest man in golf". Family Weekly. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "Arnold Palmer's wife dies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. November 22, 1999. p. 3C. 
  6. ^ "Fantastic Arnold Palmer rated legend and outstanding personality in sports". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. March 31, 1963. p. 42. 
  7. ^ "Arnie Palmer has troubles and his Army wants to help". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. June 8, 1969. p. 63. 
  8. ^ "Palmer teams with grandson for golf event". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. December 6, 2003. p. B4. 
  9. ^ "Sam Saunders profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sam Saunders Career Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, shoots 59 on Tour". ESPN. September 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ Silvy, Tyler (December 29, 2013). "Arnold Palmer's grandson, Fort Collins resident playing his best golf when it matters most". Fort Collins Coloradoan. 

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