An Byeong-hun

An Byeong-hun (Korean: 안병훈; born 17 September 1991), also known as Byeong-Hun An or Ben An, is a professional golfer from Seoul, South Korea. In August 2009, he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur.

An Byeong-hun
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Personal information
Full nameAn Byeong-hun
Born (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight95.0 kg (209.4 lb; 14.96 st)
Nationality South Korea
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
CollegeUniversity of California, Berkeley
Turned professional2011
Current tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Challenge Tour
Professional wins3
Highest ranking24 (7 February 2016)[1]
(as of 15 March 2020)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT33: 2017
PGA ChampionshipT28: 2017
U.S. OpenT16: 2019
The Open ChampionshipT26: 2014
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year

Amateur careerEdit

Born in Seoul, South Korea, An is the son of South Korean Ahn Jae-Hyung and Chinese Jiao Zhimin, both of whom were medalists in table tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[2]

An moved to the United States in December 2005 to attend the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he was also known as Ben An.[3]

In August 2009, at age 17, An became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur when he defeated Ben Martin 7 & 5 in the 36-hole final at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[4] He made his PGA Tour debut in March 2010 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, two weeks before playing in The Masters.[3] An made the cut at the 2010 Verizon Heritage and was one shot off the lead during the second round before finishing the tournament T-59.[5]

At the 2010 U.S. Amateur, An became the first defending champion to advance to the semifinals since Tiger Woods in 1996.[6] After An took a 3-up lead after nine holes in his semifinal match, his opponent David Chung rallied to defeat An 1-up.[7]

Professional careerEdit

An turned professional in 2011 and earned a spot on the Challenge Tour via three stages of qualifying school.[8]

In June 2013, An had his best finish to date on the Challenge Tour, tied for second place at the Scottish Hydro Challenge.[9] In August 2014, he won his first Challenge Tour event at the Rolex Trophy, making An the first Korean to win on the Challenge Tour.[10] He finished 2014 in third place in the Challenge Tour Rankings, and moved up to the European Tour.

In May 2015, he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He was only the second player to win both the U.S. Amateur and the British PGA Championship, after Arnold Palmer.

In 2016, An played the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on an exemption, and lost a playoff at the first hole. In 2016, he earned enough money as a non-member to gain a PGA Tour card for 2016–17.

In December 2019, An played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. An went 1–2–2 and lost his Sunday singles match against Webb Simpson.[11]

Amateur wins (1)Edit

Professional wins (3)Edit

European Tour wins (1)Edit

BMW PGA Championships (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 24 May 2015 BMW PGA Championship 71-64-67-65=267 −21 6 strokes   Thongchai Jaidee,   Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Challenge Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 24 Aug 2014 Rolex Trophy 63-69-73-64=269 −19 3 strokes   Benjamin Hébert

Korean Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 20 Sep 2015 Shinhan Donghae Open 66-73-66-67=272 −12 1 stroke   Noh Seung-yul

Playoff recordEdit

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans   Brian Stuard,   Jamie Lovemark Stuard won with birdie on second extra hole
An eliminated with par on first hole
2 2018 Memorial Tournament   Bryson DeChambeau,   Kyle Stanley DeChambeau won with birdie on second extra hole
Stanley eliminated with par on first hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T33
U.S. Open CUT CUT T23 CUT 67
The Open Championship CUT T26 CUT T59 CUT T51
PGA Championship CUT CUT T28 T56
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T16
The Open Championship T32
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 21 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2017 PGA – 2018 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – none

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship CUT T30 T26
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Championship T52 T48 T45 T29
Match Play T9 T58 T40 NT1
Invitational T57 T49 T57
Champions T19 T63 T41 T14

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

Team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 6 2016 Ending 7 Feb 2016" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ Seung-woo, Kang (31 August 2009). "An Becomes Youngest U.S. Amateur Champ". The Korea Times.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Farrell (24 March 2010). "Questions for ... Byeong-Hun An". Archived from the original on 27 May 2010.
  4. ^ Latzke, Jeff (30 August 2009). "US Amateur Champ Is Youngest Ever - Again - at 17". Dallas Morning News. Associated Press.
  5. ^ Iacobelli, Pete (17 April 2010). "Furyk tops packed Harbour Town leaderboard". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  6. ^ Herrington, Ryan (27 August 2010). "Uihlein Wins Cowboy Quarterfinal Shootout". Golf Digest.
  7. ^ "Byeong-Hun An Loses at U.S. Amateur". ESPN. 28 August 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Former U.S. Am champ joins Chandler's ISM group". GolfWeek. 18 January 2012.
  9. ^ "2013 Scottish Hydro Challenge – Leaderboard". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  10. ^ "An claims Rolex glory in Geneva". PGA European Tour. 24 August 2013.
  11. ^ Dusek, David (15 December 2019). "Presidents Cup grades: Captains, Royal Melbourne score high marks". Golfweek.

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