Trevor Immelman

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Trevor Immelman
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Personal information
Full nameTrevor John Immelman
Born (1979-12-16) 16 December 1979 (age 39)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
NationalityFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Residence Cape Town, South Africa
SpouseCarminita (m. 2003)
ChildrenJacob (b. 2006)
Career
Turned professional1999
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 2001)
PGA Tour (past champion status; joined 2006)
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
European Tour4
Sunshine Tour5
Web.com Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Other1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 2008
U.S. Open T21: 2006
The Open Championship T15: 2005
PGA Championship T6: 2007
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2006
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
2002/03

Trevor John Immelman (born 16 December 1979) is a South African professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. He won his sole major championship at the 2008 Masters Tournament.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

Golf sport in which players attempt to hit a ball with a club into a goal using a minimum number of shots

Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

PGA Tour golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Web.com Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

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Early years

Immelman was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Born into a golfing family. His father, Johan, is the former commissioner of the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, while his older brother Mark is a broadcaster, teaching pro and collegiate golf coach. Trevor took up golf at the age of five. He attended Hottentots Holland High School. He won the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 1998.

Cape Town Capital city of the Western Cape province and legislative capital of South Africa

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

The Sunshine Tour is a men's professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. For much of its history it was known either as the South African Tour or the FNB Tour, but it rebranded itself in an attempt to broaden its appeal. A large majority of the tour events are still staged in South Africa.

Mark Immelman

Mark Immelman is a South African sportscaster, golf coach and author. He is currently the host of the On the Mark podcast on pgatour.com. He also covers live golf for the PGA TOUR on their live-streaming mobile app, PGA TOUR Live, on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and stars in golf instruction videos for CBS Sports. In addition to his broadcasting career, he's also the Director of Golf at Columbus State University and the author of Scandalously Simple: The Easy Way to Accurate Golf Shots.

Professional career

Immelman turned professional in 1999. In 2000 he played mainly on the second tier professional tour in Europe, the Challenge Tour, and finished tenth on the Order of Merit. He became a full member of the European Tour in 2001 and has made the top twenty of the Order of Merit three times. He has four wins on the European Tour, and in 2004 became the first man to successfully defend the South African Open title since Gary Player in the 1970s.

The Challenge Tour is the second-tier men's professional golf tour in Europe. It is operated by the PGA European Tour and, as with on the main European Tour and the European Senior Tour, some of the events are played outside Europe. World ranking points are awarded for high finishes in Challenge Tour events. Most Challenge Tour events give 12 OWGR points to the winner, with those co-sanctioned by the European Tour earning 18 points. The Challenge Tour Grand Final gives 17 points to the winner.

South African Open (golf) golf tournament

The South African Open Championship is one of the oldest national open golf championships in the world, and is one of the principal tournaments on the Sunshine Tour. Since 1997 it has also been co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Gary Player South African golfer

Gary Player DMS, OIG is a retired South African professional golfer who is widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers ever. During his career, Player won nine major championships on the regular tour and nine major championships on the Champions Tour. At the age of 29, Player won the 1965 U.S. Open and became the only non-American to win all four majors in a career, known as the career Grand Slam. At the time, he was the youngest player to do this, though Jack Nicklaus (24) and Tiger Woods broke this record. Player became only the third golfer in history to win the Career Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen, and only Nicklaus and Woods have performed the feat since. Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

In 2003 Immelman won the WGC-World Cup for South Africa in partnership with Rory Sabbatini. In 2005 he was a member of the losing International Team at the Presidents Cup. He has been playing with increasing frequency on the PGA Tour after receiving a 2-year PGA Tour exemption for 2006 and 2007 on account of this Presidents Cup appearance. In 2006 Immelman won his first PGA Tour event at the Cialis Western Open, a result that moved him into the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 2002/03.

Rory Sabbatini professional golfer

Rory Mario Trevor Sabbatini is a South African-born professional golfer. In 2019, Sabbatini changed his citizenship to Slovakia.

Presidents Cup golf tournament between the United States and an international team

The Presidents Cup is a series of men's golf matches between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. Europe competes against the United States in a similar but considerably older event, the Ryder Cup.

Immelman withdrew from the 2006 Open Championship to be present for the birth of his first child. He finished 2006 in the top 10 of the PGA Tour money list and was named Rookie of the Year. In September 2007, Trevor Immelman was picked by Gary Player to participate in the 7th Presidents Cup held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Canada. The International team lost 14.5 to the US team's 19.5. [1]

Royal Montreal Golf Club

The Royal Montreal Golf Club is the oldest golf club in North America, and the oldest in continuous existence. It was founded in Montreal by eight men in 1873. Permission was granted by Queen Victoria to use the prefix "Royal" in 1884.

On 13 December 2007, Immelman withdrew from the South African Airways Open due to severe discomfort around his ribcage area and a problem breathing. He went into surgery the following Tuesday, 18 December 2007, and doctors discovered a lesion approximately the size of a golf ball on his diaphragm. (Immelman remarked in an interview on the obvious irony of the size of the lesion). [2] It was diagnosed as a calcified fibrosis tumor. After more tests they discovered that it was benign. Nevertheless, treatment and recovery caused him to miss the first eight weeks of the 2008 PGA Tour season. However, Immelman came back to win the 2008 Masters Tournament. Despite scoring a double bogey on the 70th hole, the par 3 16th, Immelman finished with a score of 8 under par, beating favourite Tiger Woods [3] by three strokes.

A lesion is any damage or abnormal change in the tissue of an organism, usually caused by disease or trauma. Lesion is derived from the Latin laesio "injury". Lesions may occur in plants as well as animals.

Thoracic diaphragm sheet of internal skeletal muscle

The thoracic diaphragm, or simply the diaphragm, is a sheet of internal skeletal muscle in humans and other mammals that extends across the bottom of the thoracic cavity. The diaphragm separates the thoracic cavity, containing the heart and lungs, from the abdominal cavity and performs an important function in respiration: as the diaphragm contracts, the volume of the thoracic cavity increases, a negative vacuum is created which draws air into the lungs.

Benign tumor disease of cellular proliferation that results in abnormal growths in the body which lack the ability to metastasize

A benign tumor is a mass of cells (tumor) that lacks the ability to invade neighboring tissue or metastasize. These do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues; however, they can sometimes be quite large. When removed, benign tumors usually do not grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening. Benign tumors generally have a slower growth rate than malignant tumors and the tumor cells are usually more differentiated. They are typically surrounded by an outer surface or remain with the epithelium. Common examples of benign tumors include moles and uterine fibroids.

In June 2009, Immelman announced he would withdraw from the U.S. Open due to tendonitis in his left wrist and elbow, [4] which plagued him for much of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. As the 2013 PGA Tour neared its conclusion, Immelman's winless streak extended to five years; he was forced to play in the Web.com Tour Finals after he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and his five-year exemption for winning the Masters expired. Immelman won the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments, and finished the Finals in sixth place to regain his PGA Tour card for 2014.

Since 2017, Turner Sports has utilized Immelman as an analyst for coverage of the PGA Championship on TNT.

2018 saw a resurgence in Immelman's career. Focusing on the European Tour, he made the cut in 8 out of 13 events, with a best finish of T3 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. In the event he had a chance to qualify for The Open Championship via the Open Qualifying Series, but missed an eight foot birdie putt on the last and lost out to Jens Dantorp by world rankings. However with the finish, Immelman moved from 1,380th in the world to 420th, his highest ranking since 2014. Immelman finished 77th on the Race to Dubai standings, regaining full status for the 2019 season.

Personal life

Immelman married his childhood sweetheart, Carminita, on 6 December 2003. He has frequently participated in his mentor Gary Player's charity golf events around the world to help raise funds for children's causes. Immelman has a residence in Winter Park, Florida that he purchased in 2016 from former professional football player Jeff Faine. [5]

Professional wins (11)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
19 Jul 2006 Cialis Western Open −13 (69-66-69-67=271)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mathew Goggin
213 Apr 2008 Masters Tournament −8 (68-68-69-75=280)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12006 Wachovia Championship Flag of the United States.svg Jim Furyk Lost to par on first extra hole
22008 Stanford St. Jude Championship Flag of Australia (converted).svg Robert Allenby, Flag of the United States.svg Justin Leonard Leonard won with birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (4)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
112 Jan 2003 South African Airways Open 1−14 (70-71-66-67=274)Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg Tim Clark
218 Jan 2004 South African Airways Open 1 (2)−12 (71-69-69-67=276)3 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Alastair Forsyth, Flag of England.svg Steve Webster
323 May 2004 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe −17 (65-72-69-65=271)1 stroke Flag of Ireland.svg Pádraig Harrington
413 Apr 2008 Masters Tournament −8 (68-68-69-75=280)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2003 South African Airways Open Flag of South Africa.svg Tim Clark Won with birdie on first extra hole
22003 Dunhill Championship Flag of England.svg Mark Foster, Flag of Denmark.svg Anders Hansen,
Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lawrie, Flag of South Africa.svg Doug McGuigan,
Flag of South Africa.svg Bradford Vaughan
Foster won with eagle on second extra hole
Hansen and McGuigan eliminated by birdie on first hole
32003 Volvo PGA Championship Flag of Spain.svg Ignacio Garrido Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (5)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
110 Dec 2000 Vodacom Players Championship −9 (67-75-68-69=279)3 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg Ernie Els, Flag of South Africa.svg Titch Moore
212 Jan 2003 South African Airways Open 1−14 (70-71-66-67=274)Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg Tim Clark
326 Jan 2003 Dimension Data Pro-Am −17 (67-68-65-71=271)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Andrew McLardy, Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Vaughan
418 Jan 2004 South African Airways Open 1 (2)−12 (71-69-69-67=276)3 strokes Flag of Scotland.svg Alastair Forsyth, Flag of England.svg Steve Webster
52 Dec 2007 Nedbank Golf Challenge −16 (67-66-67-72=272)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Justin Rose

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Web.com Tour wins (1)

Legend
Web.com Tour Finals event (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
11 Sep 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship −20 (67-66-69-66=268)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Patrick Cantlay

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
112 Mar 2000 Tusker Kenya Open −14 (67-69-67-67=270)4 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson

Other wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2008 Masters Tournament 2 shot lead−8 (68-68-69-75=280)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

Results timeline

Tournament19992000200120022003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament 56CUTT5CUTT55 1 T20
U.S. Open CUTT55T21CUTT65
The Open Championship T43T53T42T15T60T19
PGA Championship T48T37T17T34T6CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament T14T1560T50CUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. Open CUTCUTCUT
The Open Championship T23T38CUT
PGA Championship CUTT12T27
Tournament2019
Masters Tournament T51
PGA Championship
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 1002251710
PGA Championship 00001397
U.S. Open 00000183
The Open Championship 00000398
Totals10023124328

Results in World Golf championships

Tournament20022003200420052006200720082009
Accenture Match Play Championship R64R32R643R32R64
Cadillac Championship T27T44T23T9T35T40T70
Bridgestone Invitational T9T32T19T13T36T36T60
HSBC Champions
  Top 10
  Did not play

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

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