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William Todd Hamilton (born October 18, 1965) is an American professional golfer. He is best known for his long-shot victory at the 2004 Open Championship.

Todd Hamilton
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Personal information
Full nameWilliam Todd Hamilton
Born (1965-10-18) October 18, 1965 (age 54)
Galesburg, Illinois
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceWestlake, Texas
ChildrenTyler, Kaylee, Drake
CollegeUniversity of Oklahoma
Turned professional1987
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour (2004–12)
Japan Golf Tour (1992–2003)
Professional wins17
Highest ranking16 (July 18, 2004)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Japan Golf Tour11
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT15: 2009
PGA ChampionshipT29: 2003
U.S. OpenT36: 2008, 2009
The Open ChampionshipWon: 2004
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Early lifeEdit

Hamilton was born in the small west-central Illinois city of Galesburg. He grew up in an even smaller town, Oquawka, in Henderson County on the Mississippi River. He attended Union High School in Biggsville, Illinois. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played collegiately.

Professional careerEdit

Hamilton turned professional in 1987 but was unable to gain entrance to the PGA Tour. Instead he played internationally for many years, primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. When he left the Japan Golf Tour after 12 seasons, he was the tour's 2nd all-time leading non-Japanese money winner (to USA's David Ishii), with earnings of over 630 million yen (about $6.18 million in 2014 US dollars) with 11 tour wins.

After eight tries, at the age of 38, Hamilton went back to Qualifying School in 2003, where he finally earned his first PGA Tour card.

Hamilton won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 Honda Classic. He birdied the final two holes to beat Davis Love III by one stroke at 12 under par. Later that year, Hamilton won a major championship in one of golf's all-time upsets when he defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club. After shooting an opening round 71, Hamilton fired a second round 67 to move to -4 and a fifth-place tie with future World Golf Hall of Famers Els, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie as well as Michael Campbell. Hamilton again shot a 67 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over Els. Entering the tournament's 72nd hole, Hamilton held a one-shot lead over Els, but Hamilton bogeyed the 18th hole, leaving Els with a 12-foot birdie putt for the win, which he missed. Els and Hamilton headed for the four-hole aggregate playoff, in which Hamilton carded four pars while Els managed three pars and a bogey, and Hamilton took the win.[2]

These two victories in his first season on the PGA Tour led to Hamilton being named the 2004 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and reaching a peak world ranking of 16th. He continued to play well in the wake of the Open Championship win, making the cut in the five remaining tour events he played. However, in his 187 subsequent tour starts, he missed the cut 111 times and had just three top-10 finishes.[3] In 2006, Hamilton captained the American team in ITV's celebrity golf tournament, the All*Star Cup.

He lost his full exempt status on the PGA Tour in 2010. Hamilton played on the Tour in 2014 and 2015.[4] Hamilton became eligible to play on the Champions Tour after turning fifty years of age in October 2015.

Hamilton lives in Westlake, Texas.

Professional wins (17)Edit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 14, 2004 Honda Classic −12 (68-66-68-74=276) 1 stroke   Davis Love III
2 Jul 18, 2004 The Open Championship −10 (71-67-67-69=274) Playoff   Ernie Els

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2004 The Open Championship   Ernie Els Won four-hole aggregate playoff
Hamilton 4-4-3-4=15 (E), Els 4-4-4-4=16 (+1)

Japan Golf Tour wins (11)Edit

Other wins (4)Edit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2004 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −10 (71-67-67-69=274) Playoff 1   Ernie Els

1 Defeated Ernie Els in 4-hole playoff: Hamilton (4-4-3-4=15), Els (4-4-4-4=16)

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT T45
PGA Championship
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament 40 T39 CUT CUT T36 T15
The Open Championship CUT 1 CUT T68 CUT T32 CUT
PGA Championship T29 T37 T47 CUT T66 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T60
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T73 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship
  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 1 7 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 1 1 18 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Totals 1 0 0 1 1 2 39 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2007 PGA – 2008 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 29 2004 Ending 18 Jul 2004" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Troon – 2004 Results". The Open. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Rosaforte, Tim (July 29, 2013). "The Anonymous Champion". Golf Digest.
  4. ^ "Todd Hamilton Tournament Results – 2014". ESPN. Retrieved April 15, 2014.

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