Player Profile

Rory Sabbatini

Rory Sabbatini started playing golf at age 4. Although he showed talent in many sports, he chose to concentrate on golf from age 12 and at age 18 was recruited to the University of Arizona. In 1998, the year he turned professional, he won the Southern Arizona Open and earned his PGA Tour card at his first attempt.
BIOGRAPHY
FULL NAME: Rory Sabbatini
HEIGHT: 5-10 (178cm)
WEIGHT: 160 (72kg)
BIRTHDATE: April 2, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Durban, South Africa
RESIDENCE: Southlake, Texas
FAMILY: Wife, Amy; Harley Aiden (8/28/03)
EDUCATION: University of Arizona
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Fast cars, playing cards, movies
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1998
JOINED TOUR: 1999
EXEMPT STATUS: 2003 tournament winner (through 2005)

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Since joining the PGA Tour in 1999 at age 22, he has won twice; 2000 Air Canada Championship and 2003 FBR Capital Open, recorded 21 top ten finishes and earned $6,584,192, putting him 82nd on the all-time PGA Career Money List. He has twice represented South Africa in the WGC-World Cup, emerging victorious in 2003 with Trevor Immelman.

Despite not having won a tournament yet this year, Rory Sabbatini has accumulated prize money of $1,360,381 and currently stands at 20th in the PGA Tour 2004 Money List. He has been cut from only three events from seventeen starts in 2004 and finished in the top ten four times including his tied second place last week in the Buick Classic where he was edged out in a playoff with Sergio Garcia (winner) and Padraig Harrington.


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At 28 years old, Rory Sabbatini is certainly one from his generation to look out for in the years to come. As he becomes more consistent, it is not inconceivable that he could achieve the levels of success achieved by his fellow South African PGA Tour players, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen or all-time great, Gary Player.

For more information about Rory Sabbatini, read his PGA Tour bio.

 

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Article by Andy Smith

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