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Lee Janzen Birthday

Lee Janzen was born on this day in 1964. An American golfer who is best known for twice winning the US Open, in 1993 and 1998.

In 1989, Janzen joined the PGA Tour. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1993 and 1998 US Opens. In 1993, Janzen defeated Payne Stewart at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey, en route to tying the 72-hole US Open scoring record of 8-under par. Five years later, he again beat out Stewart to win his second US Open, this time at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He overcame a five stroke deficit on Sunday, marking the best final-round comeback in a US Open for 25 years since Johnny Miller's win in 1973.

Janzen also notched a victory at The Players Championship in 1995. The Players is a premiere event on the PGA Tour, unofficially known as the "fifth major," and includes the largest purse of the season. He has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Janzen had several opportunities to win additional major golf championships. In 1996, he was in contention at both the US Open and PGA Championship before finishing in the top-10 in both events. He finished fourth at the 1997 PGA Championship after sharing the 36-hole lead at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

Janzen also played on two American Ryder Cup teams, in 1993 and 1997.

Janzen has lived in various places in Central Florida since becoming a professional golfer. He frequently speaks about his Christian beliefs.

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Richard Sterne Birthday

Richard Sterne was born on this day in 1981, in Pretoria. He was runner-up in the Boys' 15-17 Division at the 1999 World Junior Golf Championships and turned pro in 2001.

He played on the European Challenge Tour in 2002 and graduated to membership of the main European Tour in 2003. He won his first European Tour title at the 2004 Open de Madrid and his second at the 2007 Celtic Manor Wales Open. In 2008 he picked up his third victory at the Joburg Open which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, and at the end of 2008 won a further two European Tour tournaments in South Africa.

His best year-end ranking on the European Order of Merit is 14th in 2007. His Celtic Manor win moved him into the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

He has had six wins on the Sunshine Tour, and won that tour's Order of Merit in 2008. In January 2008 he reached a career high of number 29 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He missed most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with injury.

In February 2013, Sterne won the Joburg Open by seven strokes, to end a four year winless drought from which he had been plagued with back injuries. This marked his sixth victory on both the European and Sunshine Tours and came on the back of a second place finish he had in the previous week at the Dubai Desert Classic. It was also the first event that he had won wire-to-wire. The win moved him inside the top 60, which meant qualification for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and to the top of the Race to Dubai standings.

Sterne is friends with South African golf icon, Gary Player (to whom he is often compared because of their similar small stature) and has played several times in the Gary Player Invitational charity event to help raise funds for less fortunate children's education.

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Birdie Kim Birthday

Birdie Kim was born on this day in 1981, in South Korea. Her career highlight is winning the 2005 US Women's Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. In the last round, she was tied for the lead on the 18th hole. Her second shot found a green-side bunker. She holed out from the bunker to take the lead and ultimately won by two strokes.

Kim won the 1998–99 Korea Junior Championship. She turned professional in November 2000 and joined the Futures Tour, which is the second-tier women's golf tour in the United States, in 2001. Her rookie season on the main LPGA Tour was 2004, and was not successful as she only made three cuts in 20 events, but she retained her tour card by finishing tied 12th at the Qualifying School. She did somewhat better in early 2005, and picked up her first top ten finish that May, but her victory at the US Women's Open was totally unexpected.

She changed her first name to Birdie in 2004, in an effort to distinguish herself from the numerous other Korean golfers named Kim in the women's golf world in the minds of non-Koreans. Six different Kims, including Birdie, currently play on the LPGA Tour.

Kim recently married fellow pro golfer Bae Kyu Lee in December 2007. In 2005, she earned a total of $715,006 and came in 13th for LPGA season money position.

A 2009 car accident halted Kim's career and she had trouble making cuts on the LPGA. In 2012, she played in the Symetra Tour, finishing second on the money list.

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Catriona Matthew Birthday

Catriona Matthew MBE was born on this day in 1969. A Scottish professional golfer who plays mainly on the US-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour.

Catriona Lambert was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in North Berwick. She learned to play golf on the Children's Course and North Berwick West Links in the town. She had a successful junior and amateur career, becoming Scottish Girls champion in 1986 and Scottish Under-21 Stroke Play champion in 1988 and 1989. She captured the Scottish Amateur title in 1991, 1993 and 1994, and the British Amateur title in 1993. She is also a two time winner of the St Rule Trophy played at St. Andrews. She was a member of the 1990, 1992 and 1994 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup teams. She graduated from the University of Stirling in 1992 having studied accountancy, this being one of a few British universities offering golf scholarships.

Matthew qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for fifth at the 1994 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1995 season. She soon established herself on the Tour, and her best seasons were 2001 and 2005, when she finished tenth on the money list.

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Jarrod Lyle Birthday

Jarrod Lyle was born on this day in 1981, in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. He got his start in golf at age six when he caddied for his father. He says teeing off in his first Australian tournament is his biggest thrill in golf.

In 1999 at age 17, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Royal Children's Hospital. It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. He began a friendship during that time with PGA Tour member and fellow Australian Robert Allenby. He was diagnosed with a recurrence of the disease in March 2012.

Lyle turned professional in 2004. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006, finishing 18th on the money list and earning his PGA Tour card for 2007. He made only three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2007 and finished 164th on the money list and lost his Tour card. Back on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, he won twice, at the Mexican Open and the Knoxville Open. He finished 4th on the money list and earned his 2009 PGA Tour card.

Lyle has also played on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he was ninth on the 2006 money list with almost $200,000 in prize money.

Lyle scored a hole-in-one at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2011 on the par-3 16th 'Stadium Hole' winning $25,000 for a charity of his choice. This was the first hole-in-one on the 16th in the Phoenix Open for nine years.

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