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Dave Stockton, Jr Birthday

Dave Stockton, Jr. was born on this day in 1968. An American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

Stockton joined the Nationwide Tour in 1993 and won two events in his rookie year, the Connecticut Open and the Hawkeye Open. He went through qualifying school and earned his PGA Tour card for 1994. In his rookie year on the PGA Tour he finished 96th on the money list while recording three top-10 finishes including finishing in a tie for third twice. The following year he recorded his best finish on the PGA Tour when he finished in a tie for second at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. He finished 124th on the money list, just good enough to retain his card. In 1996 he finished 120th on the money list while recording two top-10 finishes. 1997 was his first down year on Tour, he finished 146th on the money list, only good enough to retain part time status on Tour. In 1998 he finished 132nd on the money list but got his Tour card for the following year by going through qualifying school for the second time. In 1999 he struggled to finish in the top 125 again and earned his Tour card through qualifying school for the third time. He finished 140th on the money list in 2000 so he was only able to play part time in 2001. He returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2002 and then earned his Tour card for 2003 through qualifying school for the fourth time. He didn't have a good year on Tour and returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2004, his final year on Tour.

Stockton is currently a golf instructor at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, California. His father, Dave Stockton, won the PGA Championship in 1970 and 1976 and was also the United States Ryder Cup captain in 1991.

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Graeme McDowell Birthday

Graeme McDowell was born on this day in 1979. He is well known for winning the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach, where he ended a 40-year drought for Europeans at the tournament.

McDowell has won nine events on the European Tour, and two on the PGA Tour. He has also represented Ireland at the World Cup and been a member of the European Ryder Cup team on three occasions. He has appeared in the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking and his best ranking position is 4th (January to March 2011).

Before turning professional, McDowell had a successful amateur career both in Ireland and in the United States.

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Harrison Frazar Birthday

Harrison Frazar was born on this day in 1971. Frazar worked as an analyst at a Dallas commercial real estate firm, managing and developing golf courses as part of his job. It was originally his intent to not play golf professionally, but Mark Brooks convinced him to give it a try.

On December 6, 2008, Frazer became one of the few golfers in history to shoot a 59 at a professional event. The 59 was scored on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California, in the fourth round of the qualifying school finals. He went on to take medalist honors, winning by eight strokes with a total of −32 after six rounds.

Throughout his career Frazar has been unfortunate with a number of injuries. He suffered a hip injury in 2001, and a wrist injury in 2005, both of which required surgery. In 2010 he again had surgery on his hip, as well as surgery on his shoulder. At one point, he was considering retiring from professional golf.

In 2011, Frazar was playing the PGA Tour on a medical exemption which required him to earn over $600,000 in 11 tournaments to earn his 2011 PGA Tour card. After missing five straight cuts Frazar took a number of weeks off to reassess his game and bounced back with a T-14 finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship upon his return. Two weeks later, with two starts left on his medical exemption, he won his maiden PGA Tour title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in a playoff over Swede Robert Karlsson. Frazar had a one stroke lead entering the final hole on Sunday but found the water hazard with his second shot resulting in a sudden death playoff. After both players parred the first two playoff holes, Frazar won at the third extra hole when Karlsson missed a 12 foot par putt to extend the playoff. This was Frazar's first win in 355 starts on tour; he had four times previously finished in second place. This win earned Frazar his PGA Tour card through the 2013 season, an invitation to his first Masters in 2012, and moved him from 178th to 40th in the FedEx Cup standings. The win also elevated Frazar from 583rd to 144th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Frazar had already qualified his way into the US Open the week before, where he finished T30. Frazar's earnings between The Players Championship and the AT&T National earned him an exemption into the 2011 Open Championship, his first Open, where his finished 69th.

Frazar's career high world ranking is 82nd, after finishing in a tie for second at the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Danny Lee Birthday

Danny Lee was born on this day in 1990. A professional golfer from Rotorua, New Zealand. Lee was born in South Korea and emigrated to New Zealand at the age of eight. He became a naturalized New Zealander on 2 September 2008 at Rotorua, where he attended Rotorua Boys' High School.

Lee became the youngest ever winner of the US Amateur Championship in August 2008, aged 18 years and one month, six months younger than Tiger Woods when he won in 1994. His age record was broken the following year by 17-year-old An Byeong-hun. He became number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking on 20 August 2008 and remained number one until he turned pro in April 2009.

In February 2009, Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia, a professional tournament co-sanctioned by the European, Asian, and Australasian tours. He was the youngest ever winner on the European Tour, surpassing Dale Hayes, and only the second amateur winner after Pablo Martín. The win took him to 159th place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

In October 2011 Lee won the WNB Golf Classic in Texas, beating Harris English in a playoff, his first professional win on US soil. The $94,500 first prize lifted him to 4th on the money list, assuring him of a place inside the final money list's top 25, those being the players who gain PGA Tour cards for the following season.

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Boo Weekly Birthday

Boo Weekley was born on this day in 1973, in Milton, Florida. Weekley turned professional in 1997 and played on mini-tours until 2002, when he qualified for the PGA Tour.

He made the cut in only five of 24 events that year, and lost his tour card. From 2003 through 2006, he played on the Nationwide Tour, finishing well enough in 2006 to again qualify for the PGA Tour. His first victory came at the Verizon Heritage in April 2007.

Weekley's good form at the start of the 2007 season included two top 10 finishes before his victory, after which he reached a new career high of 55 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Later in 2007, he entered the top 50 of the rankings. He represented the United States at the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup with Heath Slocum and finished in 2nd place.

In 2008, Weekley successfully defended his title at the Verizon Heritage, and rose into the top 25 of the rankings. Weekley shot to prominence at the 2008 Ryder Cup, with a succession of virtuoso displays of superb golf including an emphatic 4&2 victory over Oliver Wilson in final day Singles play. The final day was also notable however when Weekley was filmed riding his driver "cowboy horse" style down the first fairway.

Weekley's nickname comes from Yogi Bear's sidekick, Boo Boo Bear.

He failed out of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he studied turfgrass science. After only one year at Baldwin, where he played on the golf team, Weekley returned home. He was hired as a hydroblaster at the Monsanto chemical plant in Pensacola, Florida. Where he would be lowered into large ammonia tanks to clean them.

Weekley began his professional career on the Developmental Players Tour (DP Tour) in Atlanta, Georgia, a tour co-founded by Jack Slocum, father of fellow PGA golfer and friend Heath Slocum. Weekley attended high school with Slocum and they played together on the golf team. He lists Ben Hogan as his hero. In May 2013, Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Weekley beat out Matt Kuchar by one stroke to take his first win in five years.

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