Todd Hamilton

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Todd Hamilton
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Personal information
Full nameWilliam Todd Hamilton
Born (1965-10-18) October 18, 1965 (age 58)
Galesburg, Illinois
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Sporting nationalityFlag of the United States (23px).png  United States
Residence Westlake, Texas
Children3
Career
College University of Oklahoma
Turned professional1987
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Asia Golf Circuit
Professional wins17
Highest ranking 16 (July 18, 2004) [1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour11
Other4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T15: 2009
PGA Championship T29: 2003
U.S. Open T36: 2008, 2009
The Open Championship Won: 2004
Achievements and awards
Asia Golf Circuit
Order of Merit winner
1992
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2004

William Todd Hamilton (born October 18, 1965) is an American professional golfer. He is best known for his victory at the 2004 Open Championship.

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Early life

Hamilton was born in the small west-central Illinois city of Galesburg. He grew up in an even smaller town, Oquawka, in Henderson County on the Mississippi River. His parents were the owners of a small grocery story called "Hamilton's." He attended Union High School in Biggsville, Illinois (now West Central High School) and the University of Oklahoma, where he played collegiately.

Professional career

Hamilton turned professional in 1987 but was unable to gain entrance to the PGA Tour. Instead he played internationally for many years, primarily on the Japan Golf Tour after gaining his card as winner of the 1992 Asia Golf Circuit Order of Merit winner. [2] When he left the Japan Golf Tour after 12 seasons, he was the tour's 2nd all-time leading non-Japanese money winner (to USA's David Ishii), with earnings of over 630 million yen (about $6.18 million in 2014 US dollars) with 11 tour wins.

After eight tries, at the age of 38, Hamilton went back to Qualifying School in 2003, where he finally earned his first PGA Tour card.

Hamilton won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 Honda Classic. He birdied the final two holes to beat Davis Love III by one stroke at 12 under par. Later that year, Hamilton won a major championship in one of golf's all-time upsets when he defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club. After shooting an opening round 71, Hamilton fired a second round 67 to move to -4 and a fifth-place tie with future World Golf Hall of Famers Els, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie as well as Michael Campbell. Hamilton again shot a 67 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over Els. Entering the tournament's 72nd hole, Hamilton held a one-shot lead over Els, but Hamilton bogeyed the 18th hole, leaving Els with a 12-foot birdie putt for the win, which he missed. Els and Hamilton headed for the four-hole aggregate playoff, in which Hamilton carded four pars while Els managed three pars and a bogey, and Hamilton took the win. [3]

These two victories in his first season on the PGA Tour led to Hamilton being named the 2004 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and reaching a peak world ranking of 16. [4] In his 187 subsequent tour starts, he missed the cut 111 times and had just three top-10 finishes. [5] In 2006, Hamilton captained the American team in ITV's celebrity golf tournament, the All*Star Cup.

He lost his full exempt status on the PGA Tour in 2010. Hamilton played on the Web.com Tour in 2014 and 2015. [6] Hamilton became eligible to play on the Champions Tour after turning fifty years of age in October 2015.

Personal life

Hamilton lives in Westlake, Texas.

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Mar 14, 2004 The Honda Classic −12 (68-66-68-74=276)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Davis Love III
2Jul 18, 2004 The Open Championship −10 (71-67-67-69=274)Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2004 The Open Championship Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els Won four-hole aggregate playoff;
Hamilton: E (4-4-3-4=15),
Els: +1 (4-4-4-4=16)

Japan Golf Tour wins (11)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 23, 1992 Maruman Open −16 (65-67-67-73=272)1 stroke Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki
2Aug 15, 1993 Acom International 40 pts (7-15-3-15=40)2 points Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Warren
3Jul 3, 1994 PGA Philanthropy Tournament −10 (74-69-68-67=278)Playoff Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Eiji Mizoguchi
4Sep 4, 1994 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship Promise Cup 8 and 7 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Ikuo Shirahama
5Mar 12, 1995 Token Corporation Cup −7 (70-71-68-72=281)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Peter Senior
6Jun 30, 1996 PGA Philanthropy Tournament (2)−13 (69-69-68-69=275)2 strokes Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kazuhiro Takami
7Sep 27, 1998 Gene Sarazen Jun Classic −18 (71-66-68-65=270)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry
8May 11, 2003 Fujisankei Classic −17 (67-67-65-68=267)5 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Flag of Japan.svg Shigeru Nonaka
9Jun 1, 2003 Diamond Cup Tournament −12 (67-72-72-65=276)3 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steven Conran
10Jun 29, 2003 Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open −10 (67-72-72-65=278)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brendan Jones
11Sep 7, 2003 Japan PGA Match-Play Championship (2)3 and 2 Flag of New Zealand.svg David Smail

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1994 PGA Philanthropy Tournament Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Eiji Mizoguchi Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1996 Fujisankei Classic Flag of the United States.svg Brian Watts Lost to par on first extra hole
31996 Mitsubishi Galant Tournament Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Ozaki Lost to par on first extra hole
41996 Pocari Sweat Yomiuri Open Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kazuhiro Fukunaga Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 2002 Munsingwear Open KSB Cup Flag of Japan.svg Yoshimitsu Fukuzawa, Flag of Japan.svg Kenichi Kuboya Kuboya won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Fukuzawa eliminated by birdie on second hole

Asia Golf Circuit wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Apr 19, 1992 Maekyung Open −8 (68-70-69-73=280)Playoff Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lin Chie-hsiang
2Feb 5, 1995 Thai Airways Thailand Open −17 (68-68-70-65=271)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Steve Veriato

Asia Golf Circuit playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1992 Sanyang Republic of China Open Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lin Chie-hsiang, Flag of the United States.svg Craig McClellan Lin won with birdie on first extra hole
21992 Maekyung Open Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lin Chie-hsiang Won with par on first extra hole
3 1995 Thai Airways Thailand Open Flag of the United States.svg Steve Veriato Won with par on second extra hole

Other wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Mar 22, 1992 Rolex Masters −10 (70-67-66-71=274)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Gerry Norquist, Flag of the United States.svg Lee Porter
2Aug 29, 1999 Oklahoma Open −12 (66-68-64=198)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Greg Gregory

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2004 The Open Championship 1 shot lead−10 (71-67-67-69=274)Playoff1 Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els

1Defeated Ernie Els in 4-hole playoff; Hamilton (4-4-3-4=15), Els (4-4-4-4=16).

Results timeline

Tournament19881989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUTT45
PGA Championship
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament 40T39CUTCUTT36T15
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUTCUTT36T36
The Open Championship CUT 1 CUTT68CUTT32CUT
PGA Championship T29T37T47CUTT66CUT
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T60
The Open Championship CUTCUTCUTT73CUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
PGA Championship
  Win
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000174
U.S. Open 00000083
The Open Championship 100111185
PGA Championship 00000064
Totals1001123916

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament200420052006200720082009
The Players Championship T58CUTCUTT75T54CUT

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

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament200320042005
Match Play R64
Championship 72T6
Invitational 21
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Results in senior major championships

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament20162017201820192020202120222023
The Tradition T23T40T48NT
Senior PGA Championship CUTCUTT33CUTNTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Senior Open T37T40CUTNT
Senior Players Championship T61T6349
Senior British Open Championship CUTT61CUTNT
  Did not play

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

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