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Derek Fathauer

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/20/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185

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Derek Fathauer slowed his pace but still keeps his head above water with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 during round two of the Sanderson Farms Championship, arriving at the midpoint on 6-under 138.
Fathauer caught fire in round one, gaining 4.861 strokes putting to post a blemish-free 67. He couldn't find that same magic today, finding trouble off the tee on multiple occasions to put him behind the 8-ball from the start. Fathauer did flash some power with the flat stick, knocking in long-distance birdies from 31'1" and 17'9" on his way into the clubhouse, saving what could have been a blowup round. At the midpoint Fathauer ranks outside the top 50 in fairways hit and greens hit. He'll need to tidy up the long game if he wants to keep contending for two more rounds. Fri, Oct 27, 2017 02:34:00 PM

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Derek Fathauer coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-36=67 during round one of the Sanderson Farms Championship, placing him one off the early pacesetters at the top.

Known for his silky-smooth putting stroke, Fathauer lived up to his reputation as an elite putter today. Taking on the Country Club of Jackson for a third time, Fathauer got straight to work by splashing home five putts from outside 11 feet before even making the turn. That included a long-distance conversion from 30'10" at the par-3 seventh. His irons went cold from after the turn, though, giving himself just one scoring chance from inside 20 feet, none from inside 15. He also caught a nice break at the par-5 11th when his approach shot landed in the water but bounced off a rock in shallow water to bounce onto the bank and allow him to save par. This is exactly the type of round Fathauer will piece together from time to time (+4.819 SGP), but it is really hard to lean on the flat stick for all four rounds. He will need to pick up the ball-striking pace if he wants to keep his name near the top of the board as the week progresses.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 06:28:00 PM

Derek Fathauer has withdrawn from the Wyndham Championship. He was 3-over thru 32 holes at the time of WD, and did not cite an injury. UPDATE: Fathauer returned to action on Aug. 24th at THE NORTHERN TRUST and shot 5-over 75 in Round 1.

Fathauer started his week with a 2-over 72 on Thursday. He returned to Sedgefield Country Club in need of a 5-under 65 to have a chance at playing the weekend. Three bogeys in the opening eight holes didn't help his case. His last measured strokes came at the par-5 15th where he found himself 11'3" after his third shot, but missed the next two putts before calling it quits. That included a miss from 3'10", his second missed putt from inside four feet on the day. Entering the week at 110th in the FedExCup standings, Fathauer is safely going to retain his TOUR card, and will have a spot reserved in next week's NORTHERN TRUST, if he's up to the task.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 02:24:00 PM

Derek Fathauer feasted on the back nine of Montrêux Golf and Country Club during round three of the Barracuda Championship, managing a 4-under-par 36-32=68 to collect 11 Modified Stableford points, good for 32 points on the week.

Fathauer circled a pair of tap-in birdies on the front nine to offset two bogeys. After the turn, he started racking up the points, starting with an eagle at the par-5 13th which was setup with his 222-yard approach that he stuck to 4'1". The highlight on the greens came two holes later when he splashed in a 43'5" birdie bomb. This round shows the importance of eagles in the Modified Stableford scoring system. Fathauer split just eight fairways and nine greens but the 5-point eagle really elevated him up the leaderboard. The Louisville product entered the week ranked 114th in the FedExCup standings, so a strong Sunday finish would provide nice job security as the Playoffs approach.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 09:59:00 PM

Derek Fathauer will take a pass on this week's RBC Canadian Open, withdrawing on Monday ahead of the event.

Fathauer has played five straight weeks, posting finishes of MC-T68-MC-T50-T61 to find himself 111th in the FedExCup race. Not an ideal spot in the standings if you want to take a breather. There is no injury news to report, but we will keep an eye on the situation but otherwise we should expect a quick return as he tries to retain his TOUR card down the home stretch of the season.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 12:46:00 PM

Derek Fathauer raced up the leaderboard in round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, penciling a 5-under-par 31-34=65 to reach 5-under 135 at the midpoint.

Fathauer found just 11 greens in regulation but made the most of his chances by gaining 3.143 strokes putting today. He gained those strokes by sinking three putts from outside 20 feet including a 26'10" bomb to save bogey at the 15th. The highlight of the day came on approach, though, when he holed out for eagle from 209 yards at the par-4 fifth hole. While Fathauer has gone 10 straight starts without a top 25, he did share the lead after R1 in his latest start (DEAN & DELUCA) so he may be quietly rounding into form. This 5-under 65 matches the low round of the day so far, with the afternoon wave just getting underway.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 02:20:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Derek Fathauer backpedaled on day two of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, swallowing a 4-over-par 37-37=74 to enter the weekend on 1-under 139, dropping 19 spots on the leaderboard, round-over-round.

Fathauer made the switch back to an old putter before the start of the event, and it paid dividends on day one. He didn't have much chance to use that tool today as he set up just three birdie looks from inside 15 feet all day, none inside 10 feet. For the second straight day he struggled off the tee, finding just four (of 14) fairways after splitting just five yesterday. It's really hard to maintain a solid pace when you handcuff yourself from the start. Despite the stumble today, this snaps a missed-cut streak of three events for Fathauer and he's still positioned just five off the co-leaders heading into the weekend.
Fri, May 26, 2017 08:03:00 PM

Derek Fathauer breezed through Colonial Country Club on day one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, styling a 5-under-par 31-34=65 to claim the early title of clubhouse leader.

Fathauer led off his day with a birdie bomb from 31'5" to really set the tone. He slowed his pace from there, but would still go on to knock in five more birdie putts ranging from 6'6" to 12'8" before his round was over. Driving accuracy wasn't on the menu today as he split just five (of 14) fairways but recovered nicely to land 15 greens, allowing his best weapon (putter) to go to work. Fathauer would walk off the course gaining 2.901 strokes putting. Slow starts have been an issue for Fathauer recently, as he's positioned himself outside the top 55 after R1 in each of his last nine starts. If he can maintain this lead by day's end it will be his fourth lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR with two of them resulting in top-5 finishes by week's end (2017 CIMB Classic, 2016 OHL Classic).
Thu, May 25, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Derek Fathauer arrives at TPC Sawgrass this week for his second appearance at THE PLAYERS Championship, finishing T17 in his 2015 debut.

Fathauer enters the week without much form, finishing outside the top 70 in seven of his last eight starts. It's easy to see why when you realize he's lost strokes to the field tee-to-green in his last seven starts. It won't get any easier this week as he takes on one of the strongest fields of the year. On the bright side, his smooth putting stroke can sometimes carry him into contention by itself. Gamers looking to play the lottery could give Fathauer a glance this week but he's really a long shot to contend.
Wed, May 10, 2017 04:05:00 PM

Floridian and World No. 201 Derek Fathauer is in Orlando for his second Arnold Palmer Invitational after finishing T12 on debut in 2016.

After opening laps of 70-66-69, the Jupiter resident was T5 thru 54 holes last year at Bay Hill before closing in 2-over 74. In 30 overall starts last season, he led/co-led after two rounds, both in Mexico. At the 2016 OHL Classic, he kicked off in 65-66-66, co-leading after R1 and was the 54-hole leader by one, closing in even-par 71 for a then-career-best 4th-place finish. The Louisville alum eclipsed that with T3 at this season's CIMB, where he co-led after a first-round 64, finishing with 70-68-67. He's 5-for-11 so far in 2016-17 with three top 25s and the one top 10 in Malaysia, and checks in off three consecutive missed cuts, including at last week's Valspar (by six) after laps of 72-76. He's been over-par in his last eight rounds on TOUR.
Wed, Mar 15, 2017 02:20:00 PM

Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, second-round tri-leader Derek Fathauer backed up with a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 54-hole total of 8-under 207, down two places to T3, three back of clubhouse leader Brandt Snedeker.

After opening in 70 and career- and week-tying low 64, the 31-year-old co-led with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 93rd career start (91 pro). It was his second lead/co-lead after any round this season, having co-led the CIMB after R1, eventually finishing a career-best T3. The Louisville alum circled the par-4 second but played holes 7-11 in 4-over, with bogey-4s at seven and 11 and double bogey-6 at eight. He added a pair of birdie-4s at 12 and 16 before completing his scoring with bogey-5 at 17. The Floridian hit 10 (of 13) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 07:14:00 PM

Taking on Pebble Beach Golf Links, Derek Fathauer cruised to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 during round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, matching his career low and also giving him a share of the clubhouse co-lead with Jordan Spieth, both positioned at 10-under 134.

The Floridian is known for his putting skills, but tricky poa annua greens are sometimes a nuisance for even the best of putters. That wasn't the case for Fathauer in round two as he splashed home seven putts from outside seven feet. That includes a massive 53'4" birdie bomb at the par-4 third. He walked off the course gaining 4.955 strokes putting. All this flat-stick work was set up by steady striking into the greens, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. If this clubhouse co-lead holds up by round's end, it will be Fathauer's first 36-hole lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR. He's previously co-led three times after R1 and led once after R3 (2016 OHL Classic). This also matches his previous low round on TOUR, posting a 64 for the third time, most recently at the 2017 CIMB Classic.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 11:13:00 AM

Derek Fathauer finished out a career week at the CIMB Classic, carding a 5-under-par 32-35=67 during the finale to end the tournament at 19-under 269, good for a share of third place.

The Floridian known for his silky putting stroke continued his dismantling of TPC Kuala Lumpur today. Fathauer split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation. On the week he ranked just T20 in birdies with 19, but avoided bogeys with the best of them, squaring just two blemishes all week. Last year's solo-fourth in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba was previously his best finish on the big stage. Through two weeks of the new season, Fathauer has already amassed 139.096 FedExCup Points. This finish also tips the scale over the .500 mark for cuts made as he now boasts a 44-for-87 lifetime record on the PGA TOUR.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 03:35:00 AM

Derek Fathauer coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the third round of the CIMB Classic, climbing to 14-under 202 on the week with one round to play.

Fathauer continued his brilliance around the greens today. Despite landing just 40 greens in regulation this week, the Floridian has carded just one bogey. That puts his scrambling numbers at an impressive 13-for-14 clip during his CIMB Classic debut. Fathauer has just two top 10s over 86 career PGA TOUR starts, but he'll enter tomorrow's finale inside the top 5 with a great chance to pick up a third.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 02:32:00 AM

Derek Fathauer coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the third round of the CIMB Classic, climbing to 14-under 202 on the week with one round to play.

Fathauer continued his brilliance around the greens today. Despite landing just 40 greens in regulation this week, the Floridian has carded just one bogey. That puts his scrambling numbers at an impressive 13-for-14 clip during his CIMB Classic debut. Fathauer has just two top 10s over 86 career PGA TOUR starts, but he'll enter tomorrow's finale inside the top 5 with a great chance to pick up a third.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 02:32:00 AM