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Daniel Berger (golfer)

Daniel Berger (born April 7, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. After turning pro at age 20 in 2013, he won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in both 2016 and 2017.

Daniel Berger
Personal information
Born (1993-04-07) April 7, 1993 (age 26)
Plantation, Florida
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter, Florida
Career
CollegeFlorida State University
Turned professional2013
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Web.com Tour
Professional wins2
Highest ranking18 (June 25, 2017)[1]
(as of November 10, 2019)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT10: 2016
PGA ChampionshipT12: 2018
U.S. OpenT6: 2018
The Open ChampionshipT27: 2017
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2015

Early yearsEdit

Berger was born in Plantation, Florida, and is Jewish.[2] His parents are Nadia and Jay Berger, a former tennis pro (ranked seventh in the world in 1990), coach, and head of men's tennis for the United States Tennis Association.[2] His paternal grandmother, Roslyn "Cookie" Swift Berger, was an accomplished amateur golfer who was inducted into the Greater Buffalo, New York Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.[2] He has two brothers and a sister.[3]

Berger lived in Key Biscayne for about ten years before moving with his family to Jupiter, Florida, where he began taking golf seriously. He began to play golf at age 11 or 12, and had his first hole-in-one at age 13.[4][3] He graduated from William T. Dwyer High School in 2011, though he did not play high school golf.[3]

He played college golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee.[5] There, in the spring of 2013 he won both the SunTrust Gator Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate, and that season he led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a 69.36 stroke average.[5][6] He tied for second at the 2013 NCAA Golf Championships as a sophomore, and was named a two-time first-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek, and named to the All-Nicklaus team, All-ACC team, and PING All-Region team.[5] He turned pro after his sophomore year, at age 20.[7]

Professional careerEdit

In late 2013, Berger qualified for the Web.com Tour and played four events. The following year, he finished T2 at the TPC Stonebrae Championship[8] and ranked 15th in the season-long Web.com Tour standings, which earned him a promotion to the PGA Tour for the 2014–15 season.[7][9]

In March 2015, Berger shot a 6-under-par 64 in the final round of the Honda Classic to get into a sudden-death playoff[10], which he lost to Pádraig Harrington. Had Berger won, it would have been the second-largest final round comeback in PGA Tour history; he began the final round nine strokes behind 54-hole leader Ian Poulter.[11] Three weeks later at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Berger made a double eagle at the par-5 sixth hole during the third round.[12] During the 2015 season, Berger made the cut in 17 of 31 events, had six top-10 finishes, including two seconds, and was the only rookie to make the Tour Championship field in late September. He finished 11th in the FedEx Cup rankings, 25th on the money list (earning over $3 million), and was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.[13][14][15]

Berger gained his first PGA Tour win in June 2016 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic near Memphis, which moved him to 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking. He earned $1.1 million.[2]

At the beginning of the 2017 PGA Tour Season, Berger began using Callaway clubs and balls after switching over from TaylorMade, which he used in his first two seasons on tour. Later that season, Berger successfully defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic title and moved to 24th in the world. By July, he was ranked 20th in the world.[4]

At the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Berger shot a third-round 66, putting him in a 4-way tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson, defending champion Brooks Koepka, and Tony Finau. However, a final round 73 left Berger in a tie for 6th place, 5 shots behind eventual winner Koepka.

Personal lifeEdit

Berger currently resides in Jupiter, Florida, and is also a member at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Rhode Island.

Amateur wins (4)Edit

  • 2009 FCWT National Championship
  • 2010 Florida State Match Play Championship
  • 2013 Gator Invitational, Seminole Intercollegiate

Professional wins (2)Edit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 Jun 12, 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic 67-64-69-67=267 −13 3 strokes   Brooks Koepka,   Phil Mickelson,
  Steve Stricker
2 Jun 11, 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic (2) 70-68-66-66=270 −10 1 stroke   Kim Meen-whee,   Charl Schwartzel

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 Honda Classic   Pádraig Harrington Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2017 Travelers Championship   Jordan Spieth Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T10 T27 T32
U.S. Open T28 T37 CUT T6
The Open Championship CUT T27 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T73 CUT T12
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T71
U.S. Open T49
The Open Championship
  •   Top 10
  •   Did not play
  • CUT = missed the half-way cut
  • "T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 3 16 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2016 Masters – 2017 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship T28 T16 T14
Match Play T61 T39 T59
Bridgestone Invitational WD T17 T48
HSBC Champions T11 T2 T24
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = Withdrew
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 25 2017 Ending 25 Jun 2017" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Glassman, Marvin (July 19, 2016). "Berger first Jew in 12 years to win PGA golf championship". The Canadian Jewish News.
  3. ^ a b c "Daniel Berger". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Coss, Matt (July 12, 2017). "No. 20 Berger quickly rising golf ranks". Quad-City Times.
  5. ^ a b c "Daniel Berger Bio". Florida State Seminoles. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Berger and Seminoles Win Gator Invitational". Florida State Seminoles. February 10, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Waters, Steve (February 24, 2015). "Berger's golf plan working perfectly". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Tony Finau shoots 66 en route to win". ESPN. Associated Press. August 3, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Nichols, Beth Ann (February 25, 2015). "Daniel Berger joins succession of Seminoles on Tour". Golfweek. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "6 South Florida-Bred Golfers Who Will Be Playing In February's Honda Classic At PGA National". Palm Beacher Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  11. ^ Waters, Steve (March 2, 2015). "Padraig Harrington of Ireland wins his second Honda Classic in a playoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  12. ^ Crouse, Karen (March 21, 2015). "Double Eagle Bolsters Daniel Berger, a Rookie, at Bay Hill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  13. ^ "Spieth named PGA Tour Player of the Year: Daniel Berger is selected as the Tour's top rookie". PGA Tour. October 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Daniel Berger – Statistics". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Waters, Steve (February 24, 2016). "For Daniel Berger, PGA National is like a happy homecoming". PGA of America.

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