Justin Leonard

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Justin Leonard
— Golfer —
Justin Leonard 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJustin Charles Garrett Leonard
Born(1972-06-15) June 15, 1972 (age 41)
Dallas, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1994)
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT7: 1997
U.S. OpenT12: 2002
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1997
PGA Championship2nd/T2: 1997, 2004
 
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Justin Leonard
— Golfer —
Justin Leonard 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJustin Charles Garrett Leonard
Born(1972-06-15) June 15, 1972 (age 41)
Dallas, Texas
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Texas
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1994)
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
Other1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT7: 1997
U.S. OpenT12: 2002
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1997
PGA Championship2nd/T2: 1997, 2004

Justin Charles Garrett Leonard (born June 15, 1972) is an American professional golfer.

Leonard was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Lake Highlands High School and graduated in 1990. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was the individual NCAA champion in 1994. He won the 1992 U.S. Amateur and was a two-time All-American in 1993 and 1994. He won the Haskins Award in 1994 as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. That same year Leonard became only the fourth golfer to go directly from college to the PGA Tour without going through Q School, after Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, and Phil Mickelson.

Leonard's first twelve wins on the PGA Tour included one of golf's four majors – the 1997 Open Championship; and the 1998 Players Championship. He ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for twenty four weeks in 1998 and 1999.[1] He also had four other strong opportunities to win major championships; he lost playoffs at the 1999 Open Championship and the 2004 PGA Championship, in both instances falling into the playoff with a bogey on the 72nd hole.

At the 1997 PGA Championship, Leonard was tied with Davis Love III for the 54-hole lead. Love shot a final round 66 to win by five shots over Leonard who finished solo second. Leonard was ahead by three shots at the 54-hole mark of the 2002 PGA Championship before shooting a final round 77 and finishing tied for fourth.

Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1999, and 2008. In the 1999 event, Leonard made a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a remarkable comeback by the U.S. team on the final day. The victory was somewhat marred by the celebration following Leonard's putt, when other U.S. players, their wives, and a few fans ran onto the green even though Leonard's opponent, José María Olazábal, still had an opportunity to match Leonard on the hole.

Leonard and his wife have two daughters and one son.

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (12)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Aug 4, 1996Buick Open−22 (65-64-69-68=266)5 strokesUnited States Chip Beck
2Jun 8, 1997Kemper Open−10 (69-69-69-67=274)1 strokeUnited States Mark Wiebe
3Jul 20, 1997The Open Championship−12 (69-66-72-65=272)3 strokesNorthern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik
4Mar 29, 1998The Players Championship−10 (72-69-70-67=278)2 strokesUnited States Glen Day, United States Tom Lehman
5Sep 24, 2000Westin Texas Open at LaCantera−19 (64-68-65-64=261)5 strokesUnited States Mark Wiebe
6Sep 30, 2001Texas Open at LaCantera−14 (65-64-68-69=266)2 strokesUnited States J. J. Henry, United States Matt Kuchar
7Apr 21, 2002WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf−14 (67-64-66-73=270)1 strokeUnited States Heath Slocum
8Mar 16, 2003The Honda Classic−24 (63-70-64-67=264)1 strokeUnited States Chad Campbell, United States Davis Love III
9Jan 30, 2005Bob Hope Chrysler Classic−28 (66-67-68-64-67=332)3 strokesSouth Africa Tim Clark, United States Joe Ogilvie
10May 29, 2005FedEx St. Jude Classic−14 (62-65-66-73=266)1 strokeUnited States David Toms
11Oct 7, 2007Valero Texas Open−19 (65-67-64-65=261)PlayoffSweden Jesper Parnevik
12Jun 8, 2008Stanford St. Jude Championship−4 (68-73-67-68=276)PlayoffAustralia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor Immelman

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11996Phoenix OpenUnited States Phil MickelsonLost to birdie on third extra hole
21999The Open ChampionshipScotland Paul Lawrie, France Jean van de VeldeLawrie won 4-hole playoff (Lawrie:15, Leonard:18, Van de Velde:18)
32002Bell Canadian OpenUnited States Neal Lancaster, United States John RollinsRollins won with birdie on first extra hole
42004PGA ChampionshipUnited States Chris DiMarco, Fiji Vijay SinghSingh won 3-hole playoff (Singh:10, DiMarco:11, Leonard:11)
52007Valero Texas OpenSweden Jesper ParnevikWon with birdie on third extra hole
62008Stanford St. Jude ChampionshipAustralia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor ImmelmanWon with birdie on second extra hole
72009Children's Miracle Network ClassicTrinidad and Tobago Canada Stephen Ames, United States George McNeillAmes won with par on second extra hole
Leonard eliminated with par on first

Other wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1997The Open Championship5 shot deficit−12 (69-66-72-65=272)3 strokesNorthern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentCUTDNPDNPT27T7T8T18
U.S. OpenT68 LADNPDNPT50T36T40T15
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPT58CUT1T57T2
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT8T52CUTCUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentT28T27T20CUTT35T13T39DNPT20CUT
U.S. OpenT16CUTT12T20CUTT23CUTCUTT36CUT
The Open ChampionshipT41CUTT14CUTT16T52DNPCUTT16T8
PGA ChampionshipT41T10T4CUTT2CUTCUTCUTT58T67
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters TournamentCUTDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT14DNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTT13
PGA ChampionshipT39DNPDNPDNP

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0000261511
U.S. Open0000051611
The Open Championship1102371911
PGA Championship0204661610
Totals130611246643

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipR32R32R16R64R32R64R64R64DNP4
CA ChampionshipT11T25NT1T11DNPT28T46DNPDNPT34
Bridgestone Invitational20T2DNPT28T23T50T19T31T9T20
Tournament20092010
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipQFR64
CA ChampionshipT9DNP
Bridgestone Invitational44T22
HSBC ChampionsDNPDNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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