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Kevin Sutherland Birthday

Kevin Sutherland was born on this day in 1964, in Sacramento, California. He attended Fresno State University and made the golf team as a walk-on freshman. Teased by his teammates for his unorthodox swing and unusual grip, he silenced his peers as he gained All-American status twice in his four years at Fresno State and became the most successful player ever to have spent time there.


As a professional, Sutherland qualified for the PGA Tour in 1992 and has been a regular ever since. He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2002. Sutherland has played very consistent golf throughout his whole career, and it is very surprising that he hasn't won more tournaments, but he had an exceptional 2008 season, a season which included 6 top ten finishes, including a playoff loss to Vijay Singh at the 2008 Barclays, and a playoff loss to Cameron Beckman at the 2008 Frys.com Open. This runner-up finish vaulted Sutherland well inside the top thirty on the 2008 PGA Tour money list, and secured him a spot in the 2009 Masters Tournament.
 
He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Sutherland last played full-time in 2010 after back and neck injuries.

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Gary Player wins his first Open Championship

On this day in 1959 Gary Player won the first of his three Open Championship titles. This was the 88th Open Championship, held from 1–3 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland.


Player shot a final round of 68, two strokes ahead of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck. Only three Americans were in the field of 90 and none made the cut.

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Marcel Siem Birthday

Marcel Siem was born on this day in 1980. A German professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. He turned professional in 2000 and joined the European Tour in 2002.


His first win on the European Tour came at the 2004 Dunhill Championship. Siem then had to wait eight years before picking up his second win in 2012 at the Alstom Open de France. This victory ensured Siem's place in the 2012 Open Championship and his first appearance in a World Golf Championship at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His best year end ranking on the Order of Merit is 14th in 2012.

In March 2013, Siem won for the third time on the European Tour at the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco. He went wire-to-wire to win by three strokes over David Horsey and Mikko Ilonen. Marcel finished the tournament 51st in the world, just missing out on an invitation to his first Masters.

Siem represented Germany at the World Cup in 2003, 2004, and 2006. In 2006 he was Bernhard Langer's team-mate in the second winning German team in the World Cup.

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Julien Guerrier Birthday

Julien Guerrier was born on this day in 1985, in Évreux. France. He has a successful amateur career, which included winning The Amateur Championship in 2006, and turned professional in 2007 after competing in the Masters Tournament.


He finished third on the Alps Tour Order of Merit in 2008 to graduate to the second tier Challenge Tour for 2009. He again progressed, finishing 16th on the 2009 Challenge Tour Rankings to earn a European Tour card for 2010, although he later improved his exemption category at qualifying school, recording a record low round of 60 in the process.

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Roger Maltbie Birthday

Roger Maltbie was born on this day in 1951. An American professional golfer and on-course analyst for NBC Sports and ESPN.


Maltbie was born in Modesto, California and grew up in San Jose. He attended James Lick High School where he was a teammate of former PGA Tour player Forrest Fezler. Maltbie attended San Jose City College (1970–1971), and then went on to San Jose State University; he was a member of the golf team at both institutions. He turned pro in 1973, joined the PGA Tour in 1974, and played on the Tour full-time from 1975 – 1996.

Maltbie won five official Tour events between 1975 and 1985, including back-to-back wins in his first full year. After his win at the 1975 Pleasant Valley Classic, Maltbie left his $40,000 winner's check behind in a bar.

In his second year on tour, Maltbie won the inaugural Memorial Tournament by defeating Hale Irwin on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. On the playoff's third hole, an errant shot by Maltbie seemed headed for the gallery when it hit a stake causing the ball to bounce onto the green instead.

He had more than 55 top-10 finishes. In 1985, he won two tournaments, earned $360,554, and finished 8th on the money list. His best finish in a major was T4 at the 1987 Masters. Maltbie calls losing that tournament the biggest disappointment of his career.

Maltbie began play on the Senior PGA Tour after turning 50 in June 2001. His best finish at this level is a 20th at the 2003 Baylor Advantage Invitational.

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