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Player Profile

Todd Hamilton

Although he has been winning tournaments since 1992, and won 4 tournaments last year alone, earning himself over a million dollars in the process, Todd Hamilton is not well-known in the western hemisphere. This is mainly due to the fact that his victories were in Japan and his earnings were in Yen, finishing 2003 in third place on the Japan Tour money list.

2004 Honda Classic
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He earned his first PGA Tour card only last year by finishing Tied for 16th place at the 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and is already in the top ten on this years money list with earnings of just over $1 million. In six starts this year he has made the cut 4 times; AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T25), Chrysler Classic of Tucson (T40), Ford Championship at Doral (T15) & The Honda Classic (1). Apart from a 73 in the third round at Pebble Beach, his only other round over par in the four tournaments was a 74 in the last round at the Honda Classic but that was enough to give him the victory.
As a result of his successes last year he was invited to play in two of the majors. Although he failed to make the cut in the British Open, he finished tied for 29th place in the PGA Championship.

Having played on the Asian Tour from 1992-2002 and the Japan Tour last year, Todd Hamilton has played most of his professional golf out of the limelight. Now that he has his card and his first PGA victory in the bag he is sure to get noticed, not least for his proven ability to come through under pressure and pull off the shots needed to win tournaments. Don't be surprised to see him voted "Rookie of the Year" for 2004 despite the fact that he'll be 40 years old in October 2005.


2003 British Open
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For more information about Todd Hamilton,
read his full bio at www.pgatour.com


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Article by Andy Smith

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