Current Year PGA Tour Highlights
Turned in a career year with his first two TOUR wins and No. 2 finishes in the FedExCup standings and money list. Made 23 of 26 cuts with 21 top-25 finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. Three runner-up finishes included two playoff losses. Made the largest one-season earnings jump in TOUR history when he went from $972,962 in 2010 to $6,683,214, an increase of $5,374,391.
Closed with a pair of 4-under 67s at the TPC Scottsdale to earn T8 honors at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his fourth start of the season.
At the Transitions Championship, he recorded the best result of his PGA TOUR career and first runner-up finish, ending one-shot behind Gary Woodland. Arrived at the 72nd hole tied with Woodland at 15-under but carded a bogey when his approach shot from a fairway bunker landed over the green and was unable to convert the up-and-down, a 20-foot par putt. One of only two players in the field to post four-consecutive sub-70 rounds, he led the field in Putting, with 24.2 per round.
Second runner-up finish of the year came after a two-hole playoff loss to Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Eagled the par-5 second hole in the final round in the final group with Watson, who also eagled the hole. Was assessed a one-stroke penalty on the 15th green. He had missed his 40-foot birdie putt and walked to tap in par putt from 1 foot. After taking his stance and grounding his putter, he started his stroke when the ball moved, a violation of Rule 18-2.B. After consulting with rules officials, he was required to replace the ball in its original position and add one stroke to his score. Was at 16-under at the time and leading Watson by one shot. The penalty resulted in a bogey-5 and dropped him into a tie with Watson at 15-under, before the playoff ensued.
Finished T7 at the Memorial Tournament for his first top 10 in three starts at the Memorial. Final-round 68 was his first round in the 60s at Muirfield Village GC out of 10 career rounds.
Fired a season-best, 6-under 64 in the third round of the AT&T National en route to collecting his fifth top-10 of the season, a career best.
Continued to add to his top-10 performances with a T9 at The Greenbrier Classic, just two strokes out of a three-man playoff won by Scott Stallings. Shared the second-round lead with Brendon de Jonge at 7-under before rounds of 69-70 led to his 14th top 25 in 16 weekend appearances.
Won his first TOUR event by three shots at the Wyndham Championship, with rounds of 66-65-64-67. The Wake Forest graduate moved to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings entering the Playoffs. Is the 16th first-time winner in the 71-year history of the Wyndham Championship. He became the third straight first-time winner in Greensboro, joining Ryan Moore in 2009 and Arjun Atwal in 2010. He was 13-under-par on Nos. 10-18 and 10-under on the par-5s during the week. He finished first in Strokes Gained–Putting, gaining 8.411 strokes on the field. He led after the third round and went onto victory. His only other previous 54-hole lead/co-lead was a tie for first with eventual champion Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans earlier in the season. He won in his third start at the Wyndham Championship: 2009 (missed cut) and 2010 (T8). Became the seventh different winner of the Wyndham Championship from an ACC school. He is the third Wake Forest graduate to win the Wyndham Championship. Lanny Wadkins in 1983 and Scott Hoch in 2001 also won there.
Came back the following week after his win in Greensboro with a T10 at The Barclays. After opening with a 71, he closed with rounds of 66-63 to fall just one spot to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. Finish at The Barclays was his eighth top-10 and 16th top-25 finish of the season (21 starts), more than his combined career totals in each category entering the season (six top-10 and 15 top-25 finishes).
Two weeks after his win in Greensboro, he birdied the second-extra hole to defeat Chez Reavie at the Deutsche Bank Championship, becoming the first player since Ernie Els in 2010 to win twice in a three-week span. Took over the top spot in the FedExCup standings (moving from No. 4) with four rounds in the 60s and a 72-hole total of 15-under 269. Final round consisted of a front-nine, 6-under 30, tying the front-nine scoring record at TPC Boston. Closed with a birdie on No. 18 to finish regulation and then birdied both playoff holes.
Finished fifth at the BMW Championship in his second career start at the event (T61 in 2009). Retained the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings heading into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where he would eventually finish second in the season-long race.
Jumped out to the first-round lead at the McGladrey Classic with a 7-under 63, equaling his career-low round. Added rounds of 67-69-66 to finish regulation tied with Ben Crane at 15-under. Missed a 4-foot par putt on the second extra hole, leading to his third runner-up finish of the season. His record fell to 1-2 in career playoffs. Entered the week $68,971 behind Luke Donald for the top spot on the official money list (which guarantees a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR), but with his runner-up performance moved ahead of Donald by $363,029 as both players headed to the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Despite four rounds in the 60s at the Disney World event, a last-minute addition to his schedule, he couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Donald, who claimed the victory and the money title. Rounds of 68-69-69-69 was good enough for T6 honors, his sixth top-10 finish in his last seven starts. He played with Donald for all four rounds.
One of six rookies on U.S. Presidents Cup team, posting a 3-2-0 record for the victorious squad captained by Fred Couples.
2010: Finished inside the top 100 on the money list in sophomore year on TOUR, recording two top-10s. Played in the first two Playoff events.
Just down the road from alma mater Wake Forest, his first top-10 finish came in the form of a T8 at the Wyndham Championship on the strength of a final-round, career-low 63.
Recorded his second top-10 of the season with a T4 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, aided by a third-round 64. Took the lead on back nine Sunday after back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 to get to 22-under, before hitting tee shot into water hazard and recording a double-bogey at the par-3 17th hole to finish one stroke out of a playoff. 2009: Recorded four top-10s in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR and placed 70th on the money list.
Began his season with a 4-under 66, just one off the first-round lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii, on his way to a T9 finish.
Came back the following week with five rounds in the 60s, including a career-low 64 in the third round, to finish a career-best T5 at the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.
Next top-10 finish came at The Barclays where he finished eighth after holding the 36-hole lead (by two strokes) for the first time in his TOUR career. Jumped from No. 85 to No. 41 in the FedExCup standings after The Barclays to be the leading rookie in the PGA TOUR Playoffs, eventually finishing 62nd in the standings.
Final-round 65 earned him his fourth top-10 of the year, a T7 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. 2008: Turned pro after completing a stellar amateur career at Wake Forest. Finished T7 at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to earn rookie card for 2009.
Made three of six cuts on the PGA TOUR, with a best finish of T31 as an amateur in his PGA TOUR debut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Received Sponsor Exemption for his amateur record.
Turned pro in June and T64 in his professional debut at the Stanford St. Jude Championship.
Also T37 at the Travelers Championship the following week.
Played eight events on the Nationwide Tour, with two runner-up finishes, four behind Colt Knost at the Price Cutter Charity Championship in late July and losing a playoff to Arjun Atwal at the Chattanooga Classic in mid-October. Finished T11 at the Nationwide Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch to finish 45th on the money list with $148,991. Amateur: Three-time All-American for Wake Forest and four-time All-ACC. ACC Player of the Year as a senior in 2008. Set a new ACC Tournament record of 14-under 202 in 2008, bettering the mark of 204 set by former Wake Forest star and PGA TOUR veteran Gary Hallberg in 1980.
Member of the victorious Walker Cup team in 2007 that defeated Great Britain and Ireland at Royal County Down GC in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Also a member of the Palmer Cup Team.
Won the 2007 Southern Amateur at Pinehurst and the Dogwood Amateur in Atlanta.