|Full name||Scott Rachal Verplank|
|Born||July 9, 1964|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)|
|Children||1 son, 3 daughters|
|College||Oklahoma State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Highest ranking||11 (October 21, 2001)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T8: 2003|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2011|
|U.S. Open||T7: 2007|
|The Open Championship||T7: 2004|
|Achievements and awards|
Early years and amateur career
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Verplank was a leading member of the W.T. White High School golf team and a regular at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. He graduated from high school in 1982 and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. At OSU, he was a member of the 1983 NCAA Championship team, finishing T3 alongside teammates Tommy Moore, Willie Wood, Andy Dillard, and Philip Walton. He went on later to win the 1984 U.S. Amateur at the Oak Tree Golf Club, and in 1986, win the NCAA individual title.
Prior to his senior year at Oklahoma State, Verplank won the Western Open outside Chicago in August 1985; it was the first victory by an amateur on the PGA Tour in 29 years (Doug Sanders, 1956 Canadian Open). He defeated Jim Thorpe on the second extra hole of a playoff for the win at Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Verplank graduated and turned professional in 1986, using his two-year exemption on the PGA Tour; his first event as a pro was the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in June, his sixth tour event that year. He earned five wins on the PGA Tour, and two Ryder Cup appearances, in 2002 and 2006. Verplank has type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump during play. He was awarded the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, given by the Golf Writers Association of America to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Verplank has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings, reaching as high as eleventh in 2001.
He hit a hole-in-one in the Ryder Cup, on the 14th hole during a singles match against Pádraig Harrington in 2006. The shot did not impact the overall result, however, as Europe had already won the trophy. Nonetheless, he was the first American player to card an ace during the Ryder Cup; his overall record in the competition is 4 wins and 1 loss.
Verplank's most recent win was the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, in which he defeated Luke Donald by one stroke. As a Dallas native, Verplank called the EDS Byron Nelson Championship "a fifth major," and also mentioned that "Byron was with me today" (the 2007 tournament was the first held after Nelson's death). His best finish in a major championship was a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship in 2011.
In December 2010, Verplank was named a 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former NCAA student-athletes for distinguished career accomplishment on the 25th anniversary of their college graduation.
Verplank competed in the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational finishing T38 and then the following week at the Shell Houston Open in which Verplank finished T2 behind Phil Mickelson. Verplank had held a joint 54-hole lead with Mickelson and even held the lead on his own at a number of stages during the final round, however his lack of competitive golf proved costly throughout the final few holes and he was unable to close out the victory. This was his best finish on tour in 18 months since finishing T2 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2009. Verplank has amassed over $27 million in career earnings.
Verplank played the 2013 season on a Major Medical Extension after hip and wrist injuries in 2012. He started the 2014 season in a similar fashion, but was not able to satisfy the medical exemption and used his career money list exemption for the remainder of the season. Verplank turned 50 in July 2014 and made his Champions Tour debut at the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, near his residence in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Amateur wins (7)
- 1983 Porter Cup
- 1984 U.S. Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur
- 1985 Western Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Porter Cup
- 1986 NCAA individual title
Professional wins (6)
PGA Tour wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Aug 4, 1985||Western Open
(as an amateur)
|2||Jul 31, 1988||Buick Open||66-66-70-66=268||−20||2 strokes||Doug Tewell|
|3||Aug 27, 2000||Reno–Tahoe Open||69-68-71-67=275||−13||Playoff||Jean van de Velde|
|4||Sep 9, 2001||Bell Canadian Open||70-63-66-67=266||−14||3 strokes||Joey Sindelar, Bob Estes|
|5||Apr 29, 2007||EDS Byron Nelson Championship||67-68-66-66=267||−13||1 stroke||Luke Donald|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–4)
|1||1985||Western Open||Jim Thorpe||Won with par on second extra hole|
|2||1998||Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic||Trevor Dodds||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|3||2000||Reno–Tahoe Open||Jean van de Velde||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|4||2001||Verizon Byron Nelson Classic||Robert Damron||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|5||2004||Ford Championship at Doral||Craig Parry||Lost to eagle on first extra hole|
|6||2010||Travelers Championship||Corey Pavin, Bubba Watson||Watson won with par on second extra hole|
Pavin eliminated by par on first hole
Other wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Nov 22, 1998||World Cup of Golf Individual Trophy||70-72-74-63=279||−9||1 stroke||Nick Faldo, Costantino Rocca|
Other playoff record (0–1)
|1||2006||Merrill Lynch Shootout
(with Justin Leonard)
|Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling||Lost to bogey on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T15|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T30||T37||CUT||T7||T23||T31||T57||T58|
|The Open Championship||T76|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||13||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2004 Masters – 2005 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2003 Masters – 2003 U.S. Open)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||WD||T11||T32|
|The Players Championship||T20||T44||T28||T8||T26||T2||CUT||T44||CUT||T49||T13||T54||WD|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
1Cancelled due to 9/11
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
- World Cup: 1998 (individual title), 2004
- Ryder Cup: 2002, 2006
- Presidents Cup: 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners)
- Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 2006 (winners)
- "Week 42 2001 Ending 21 Oct 2001" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- "Thorpe is not only victim of Verplank". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1985. p. C1.
- "Amateur outduels pro for title". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). UPI. August 5, 1985. p. D2.
- "Verplank opens with Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 12, 1986. p. 4F.
- "European Tour biography". PGA European Tour. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "NCAA Names Silver Anniversary Winners" (Press release). NCAA. December 1, 2010. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2011.