Shaun Micheel

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Shaun Micheel
Personal information
Full nameShaun Carl Micheel
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 51)
Orlando, Florida
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceMemphis, Tennessee
CollegeIndiana University
Turned professional1992
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (past champion status; joined 1994)
PGA Tour Champions
Professional wins3
Highest ranking34 (February 8, 2004)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour1
Asian Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT22: 2004
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2003
U.S. OpenT22: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT35: 2007

Shaun Carl Micheel (born January 5, 1969) is an American professional golfer who is best known for his surprise victory at the 2003 PGA Championship.

Micheel was born in Orlando, Florida. He attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee and Indiana University and turned professional in 1992. He taught himself how to play golf after his parents bought a home on a golf course in Memphis. He had a very patchy early career, during which he struggled to hold on to membership on the PGA Tour. His successes included a victory in the Singapore Open in 1998 and a win on the Nike Tour (now the Tour) in 1999.

He went into the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club ranked 169th in the Official World Golf Ranking and making his 164th PGA Tour start, becoming one of the biggest underdogs to win a major in recent times. In the first two rounds, he shot 69-68 (−3) to take a two-shot lead over Billy Andrade and Mike Weir. A third round 69 put him at −4, tied for the lead with Chad Campbell and three shots clear of Weir. He shot a par 70 in the final round to defeat Campbell by two strokes.[2] That season, he finished 32nd on the money list. In 2004, he made the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list for the second time in his career, but he did not make the move up to being a regular high finisher. His career high world ranking is 36th, achieved in 2004.

In August 2006, Micheel returned to prominence when he finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club; he followed that with T7 two weeks later at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was also runner-up at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship, after defeating Woods in the first round. On the PGA Tour, he ended the year with nine consecutive cuts and placed in the top 50 on the money list.

Micheel is only the second golfer to make a double eagle (albatross) in U.S. Open history. It came on the 6th hole during the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open.[3]

Micheel is one of the few golfers to have a major as his only PGA Tour win.[4] Micheel has 397 starts through the end of the 2018–19 season, the most of any golfer whose only win was a major. He last played a full season in 2011, competing in the PGA Championship and other events through past champion status.

Micheel began playing the PGA Tour Champions in 2019.

Medical issues[edit]

In April 2005, after experiencing months of fatigue, mood changes, and poor play, Micheel began treatment for low testosterone ("Low T", or hypogonadism). He claimed that his testosterone levels had declined to those of "a man in his mid-70s." [5] After beginning treatment, his testosterone levels returned to normal, and he reported that his drive and energy had also returned.[6] His condition was widely publicized during the coverage of the 2006 PGA Championship. On April 18, 2014, after having coped with inability to exercise without being short of breath, Micheel underwent heart surgery and had four stents inserted.[7]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 17, 2003 PGA Championship −4 (69-68-69-70=276) 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell

Asian Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 23, 1998 Ericsson Singapore Open −16 (67-69-67-69=272) 2 strokes South Africa Hendrik Buhrmann

Nike Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 11, 1999 Nike Greensboro Open −11 (67-66-67-69=269) 1 stroke United States Garrett Willis

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2003 PGA Championship Tied for lead −4 (69-68-69-70=276) 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T22 CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship T47 CUT CUT T35
PGA Championship 1 T24 CUT 2 T32 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T22
The Open Championship
Tournament 2019 2020
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUT CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship NT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
PGA Championship 1 1 0 2 2 3 17 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Totals 1 1 0 2 2 5 33 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2001 U.S. Open – 2004 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
The Players Championship CUT T54 9 T71 CUT CUT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Match Play R32 R16
Championship T44
Invitational T23 T50
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 06 2004 Ending 8 Feb 2004" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "PGA Championship (Aug 14–17, 2003) – Leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (June 20, 2010). "Double eagle lands at U.S. Open for Shaun Micheel". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Martin, Sean (August 5, 2013). "Players whose lone win was a major". PGA Tour.
  5. ^ Kelly, Seth. "Shaun Michell won the PGA Championship in 2003 with one of the most dramatic shots in history". GolfOnline. Archived from the original on March 13, 2007.
  6. ^ Callahan, Tom (August 2006). "A hero's role that fit him to a T". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on October 30, 2006.
  7. ^ Schupak, Adam (June 2, 2014). "After heart surgery, Micheel tees it up at sectional". Golfweek.

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