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Jeff Overton

Jeff Overton was born on this day in 1983, in Evansville, Indiana. He attended Indiana University, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Sports Marketing and Management.


Turning pro in 2005, he is currently a member of the PGA Tour. He graduated from Q-School in his first attempt and started to play on the Tour in 2006.
 
In 2006, he scored a double eagle (albatross) on the 18th hole at Westchester Country Club during the Barclays Classic as he holed a fairway wood from 239 yards after a 294-yard drive.
 
During the final PGA Tour event of 2008, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, Overton was ten days removed from an appendectomy and was ranked 125th, barely hanging on to a full-season exemption. A 21st place finish moved him up to 118th and he retained his card for 2009. After improving to 76th in 2009, Overton's 2010 season included three seconds, two thirds, and 11th at the 2010 Open Championship. He ended 2010 in 12th place on the PGA Tour money list.
 
His best finish on Tour are four 2nd place finishes; in 2007, he tied for 2nd at the Wyndham Championship, and in 2010, he finished 2nd at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the inaugural Greenbrier Classic. In the Greenbrier, he held a three-shot lead after 54 holes but could not withstand an amazing 4th round by Stuart Appleby, who shot a round of 59 to win his 9th PGA Tour event. Following this tournament Overton reached the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. His strong 2010 season earned him a place on the United States Ryder Cup team, becoming the first-ever American to make the team without a victory on the PGA Tour. He was arrested on December 14, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

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Sam Snead Birthday

Sam Snead was born on this day in 1912. An American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the world for most of four decades. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors. He never won the US Open, though he was runner-up four times.


Snead's nickname was "Slammin' Sammy" and he was admired by many for having the so-called "perfect swing," which generated many imitators. Snead was famed for his folksy image, wearing a straw hat, playing tournaments barefoot, and making such statements as "Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt." He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Snead died in Hot Springs, Virginia, in 2002 following complications from a stroke, four days before his 90th birthday. He was survived by two sons: Sam Jr. of Hot Springs, and Terry, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, and a brother, Pete, of Pittsburgh, as well as two grandchildren. His wife Audrey died in 1990. His nephew JC Snead was also a PGA Tour golfer.

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Ben Curtis Birthday

Ben Curtis was born on this day in 1977. An American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, best known for winning the 2003 Open Championship.


Curtis turned professional in 2000, originally playing on the Hooters Tour without any success. At the end of 2002, he finished in a tie for 26th at that year's Q-School, earning his PGA Tour card for the following year, becoming one of the few players to completely skip the Nationwide Tour. His first year on tour began unspectacularly as he made a fair amount of cuts, but had no finishes in the top 25, until a tie for 13th at the Western Open on July 6, which qualified him for the British Open in England less than two weeks later. 

Curtis entered the The Open Championship at Royal St George's in 2003 as a 300–1 outsider, defying the odds to win the tournament by one stroke from Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh on the final day. The 2003 Open Championship was Curtis' first appearance in a major; he became the first golfer since Francis Ouimet in the 1913 US Open to win his major championship debut. After his victory, Curtis jumped from 396th in the world rankings to 35th, the highest jump for any person. This victory and a solid first season on the PGA Tour led to Curtis' being named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2003.

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Morgan Pressel Birthday

Morgan Pressel was born on this day in 1988. An American professional golfer, currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She turned pro at age 17 and is the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major championship. Pressel has reached as high as fourth in the world rankings.


In 2001, as a 12-year-old, she became the youngest player to qualify for the US Women's Open. This record stood until 2007, when Lexi Thompson beat the record by several months. Pressel played in a total of seven LPGA events in 2005 and made the cut in all of them, with an impressive scoring average of 70.96 in 28 rounds. In 2005, Pressel won the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst, and the most important amateur event, the US Women's Amateur. Pressel also finished her amateur career as 2005 Girls Rolex Junior Player of the Year. During her amateur career, she won 11 AJGA titles, including all five AJGA Invitationals: the "AJGA Slam".

Pressel finished sixth in the first stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in September 2005 and advanced to the final stage in December. She turned professional in November, after appealing to the LPGA to become a member as a 17-year-old. LPGA rules state that members must be 18 years old. At the five-round Final Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, she finished tied for sixth to earn her tour card for 2006. She played part-time on the tour until her high school graduation in May 2006. Pressel earned her first victory in 2007 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and became the youngest-ever winner of a modern LPGA major at 18 years, 313 days.

Pressel qualified for the 2007, 2009, and 2011 Solheim Cup teams; earning a spot on the 2007 team in her second full-year on the LPGA Tour as a 19-year-old. Through 2011, she was undefeated (3–0–0) in Solheim Cup singles play. 

She is represented by Wasserman Media Group and has endorsement deals with Callaway Golf, Polo Ralph Lauren, Royal Bank of Canada, and Audemars Piguet.

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Olin Browne

Olin Browne was born on this day in 1959. An American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour as well as the Champions Tour.


He graduated from St. Albans School in 1977. He then went on to Occidental College in 1981. He turned professional in 1984. He lives in Hobe Sound, Florida. He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
 
Browne won three times on the PGA Tour. On August 8, 2007, Browne was named one of the assistant captains for the 2008 United States Ryder Cup team.
 
Browne qualified for the 2005 US Open at Pinehurst by shooting a final round 59 in the qualifying tournament. He shared the lead the first two days of the Open, dropping into a tie for second going into the final day. He shot a final round 80 to drop to T-23rd.
 
Browne played in his first Champions Tour event in 2009 at The Principal Charity Classic, where he shared the first round lead but struggled on the weekend. He captured his first Champions Tour victory at the 2011 US Senior Open, making his maiden win on tour a senior major championship. Browne held off the challenge of Mark O'Meara on Sunday to prevail by three strokes and become only the fifth player in professional golf history to win on the Nationwide Tour, the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

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