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 âˆ’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