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Smylie Kaufman
Smylie Kaufman Height: 6 ft, 2 in
Weight: 175 lbs
Birthday: 11/30/1991
College: Louisiana State University (2014, Marketing)
Turned Pro: 2014
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Personal
  • Attended Vestavia Hills High School, where he was student-government vice president
  • Grandfather (Alan Kaufman) was a former golf coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham and one-time coach of Graeme McDowell…Was point guard on his state championship basketball team in 2009, his junior year
  • Started Kids vs. Cancer with his younger brother, Luckie, a charity that helps combat cancer in children
  • Helped raise awareness and money, along with other LSU graduates, in support of those affected by the Louisiana floods in the summer of 2016
  • Smylie is a family name not a nickname (grandmother's cousin, 1971 Georgia Tech All-American defensive end, Smylie Gebhart)
  • Twitter account name is @SmylieKaufman10.
PGA TOUR Victories
(1) 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Web.com Victories
(1) 2015 United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI.
2016 PGA TOUR Money & Position
$2,508,174 (35th)
2016 Highlights
  • In his rookie season, advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs with four top-10 finishes in 25 regular season starts, including a victory in the second event of season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Was No. 33 heading into third FedExCup Playoffs event but T56 at BMW Championship contributed to missing the TOUR Championship, ending the season at No. 43 in the standings
  • Claimed his first top-10 finish, a T10, in his first start as a PGA TOUR member at the Frys.com Open. Opened and closed with 4-under 68s to finish at 11-under 277 in the season's first event
  • The following week, carded a final-round 10-under 61 (which came 2½ hours before the final group holed out) to finish the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at 16-under 268, winning on the PGA TOUR for the first time by one stroke over six players. In the process, he became the 10th player since 2000 to post his first career victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, joining Phil Tataurangi (2002), Andre Stolz (2004), Wes Short, Jr. (2005), Troy Matteson (2006), George McNeill (2007), Marc Turnesa (2008), Martin Laird (2009), Kevin Na (2011) and Ben Martin (2014-15). His closing-61 (equaling the best final round ever in Las Vegas) marked the lowest finish on TOUR by a winner since Tommy Gainey closed the 2012 McGladrey Classic with a 10-under 60. His final-round, seven-stroke, come-from-behind victory marked the largest in Las Vegas and the largest on TOUR since Gainey came from the same number back to win in Sea Island in 2012. Joined Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com Open) as rookie winners to start the season, marking the first back-to-back rookie winners on TOUR since 2011 when Charl Schwartzel won the Masters and Brendan Steele won the Valero Texas Open. The victory came in his fifth career PGA TOUR start (second as a member) at age 23 years, 10 months, 25 days, making him the fifth consecutive winner under age 30 to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open moved to a 72-hole event in 2004 (12 events), he became the first champion who failed to record all four rounds in the 60s, carding scores of 67-72-68-61 for the week
  • In his first start in a World Golf Championships event, finished T8 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, marking his third top-10 of the season
  • Following a missed cut in his third major appearance at the U.S. Open, notched his fourth top-10 of the season the following week at the Quicken Loans National. Earned is first trip to The Open Championship based on his FedExCup ranking at the conclusion of the Quicken Loans National
  • Missed the cut at Royal Troon in The Open Championship
  • Was one of seven rookies to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

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