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Jhonattan Vegas

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230

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Overnight leader Jhonattan Vegas bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the Barbasol Championship for a four-day total of 15-under 269, down three spots into a four-way T4, three shots out of a playoff involving Si Woo Kim and Aaron Baddeley.
The 31-year-old co-led after an opening 65, led by six following a career-low, course- and tournament-record 11-under 60 (406th career round), and still led by three after a 72 over the two-day third round that ended Sun. morning. For a second straight lap, he was shaky from the outset as the pace-setter, opening with back-to-back bogeys and sandwiching an eagle at the par-5 fifth (from 62'6") with bogey-4s at 6 and 8. The Venezuelan, playing this season on Past Champion status, mustered birdie-4s at 13 and 16, both from inside of 41 inches, before a walk-off bogey-5. He was chasing his second TOUR title (127th career start), having won the 2011 Bob Hope, which he co-led after 54 holes. Vegas' six-stroke lead after 36 holes was the largest on TOUR this season, dropping to 1-for-4 when the leader/co-leader at the midpoint, and drops to 1-for-2 from the 54-hole perch. Jul 17 - 5:51 PM

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Overnight leader Jhonattan Vegas backed up with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the two-day third round of the Barbasol Championship to post a 54-hole aggregate of 16-under 197, good for a three-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and David Toms.

The Venezuelan began the third frame leading by six over playing partner Hudson Swafford and by seven over Michael Johnson, who completed the final threesome. He co-led after R1 with 65 and broke away in R2 following a career-low, course- and tournament-record 11-under 60. The 31-year-old, playing this season on Past Champion status, couldn't match his torrid pace, outpacing three birdies with four bogeys in R3, returning Sun. morning to complete five holes after weather suspended play on Sat. He landed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, recording a -3.169 in SG: Tee-to-Green and a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR. Vegas is going for his second TOUR win in his 127th career start, having won his maiden title at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic (now CareerBuilder), where he co-led after 54 holes.
Jul 17 - 9:56 AM

Overnight co-leader Jhonattan Vegas bombarded Grand National’s Lake Course with an 11-under-par 32-28=60, setting the course record and personal low en route to the 36-hole lead at the Barbasol Championship, posted at 17-under 125.

Vegas was clicking on all cylinders from the get-go. He opened on the back nine and rattled off a stretch of birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-ace, starting at the par-3 12th hole. The first four were putts converted from outside 11 feet, allowing him to make the turn at 8-under 28. His lone blemish came at the par-4 fourth hole where he found tree trouble after an errant tee shot, but he erased that bogey with four more birdies on his inward nine. In 405 previous rounds on the PGA TOUR, Vegas had posted rounds of 63 on two occasions, so this eclipses his personal best by three strokes. In last year's inaugural Barbasol, three golfers posted rounds of 63 (Glen Day, Jason Gore, and Vaughn Taylor) but Vegas has them easily beat, setting the new course record, as well. The Texas Longhorn also ties Sung Kang as the low round of the season, matching Sung Kang's 11-under 60 which came at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.
Jul 15 - 2:19 PM

Jhonattan Vegas coasted to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 during round one of the Barbasol Championship, giving him a share of the early lead with Ángel Cabrera.

Vegas finished the day first in driving distance and gained 1.8 strokes off-the-tee after splitting 11 (of 14) fairways. He parlayed that great driving into just 13 greens hit, but picked up the slack around the greens. He was a perfect 5-for-5 in getting up-and-down but the highlight of the round came at the par-5 13th hole. From 213 yards out, Vegas stuck his approach to 18 feet and then he splashed home an eagle putt. The Texas Longhorn is making his tournament debut this week as he didn't make the trip last year for the inaugural edition. He entered the week ranked 91st in the FedExCup standings with three top 10s in 20 starts, still searching for his first win since the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge.
Jul 14 - 7:45 PM

Jhonattan Vegas blitzed Congressional Country Club with a 6-under-par 34-31=65 to grab an early lead during round one of the Quicken Loans National.

Entering on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts, you wouldn't have known by watching today's round. He did all of his work through the air, averaging 308 yards off the tee, striping 12 (of 14) fairways, and landing 15 greens in regulation. His lone blemish of the day came at the par-3 second hole where he found a greenside bunker and found himself 32'11" from the cup after splashing out. That was easily offset by a seven-pack of birdies. The most remarkable part of this round is his lack of putts made, converting just once from outside six feet on the day, losing 0.44 strokes to the field putting as he walked off the course.
Jun 23 - 2:34 PM

Jhonattan Vegas sleepwalked to a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the three-day third (and final) round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to conclude his second visit on 13-under 203, good for a three-way T5, two back of a three-man playoff involving Byeong-Hun An, 36-hole leader Brian Stuard and Jamie Lovemark.

Vegas posted a T36 on debut last year after rounds of 67-71-69-69. Playing this season on Past Champion status, he entered the third round on 11-under in a two-way T2, just one shy of Stuard. Vegas co-led with Stuard after 18 holes with 64s and tacked on 69-70 for his third top 10 of the season in his 13th start. His top 10 will earn him an exemption into this week's Wells Fargo if he chooses to accept it. The 31-year-old opened the third round with a pair of seven-footers for back-to-back birdies on holes 1 and 2 but played his final 16 holes in all pars. He hit 15 greens in regulation but only made good on the two for 1.867 putts per GIR. Vegas missed three birdie tries from inside of 11 feet, including a near-gimme from 32 inches at the par-5 11th, but did drop par putts of 15'4" and 9'2" on his inward nine to keep his card blemish-free.
May 2 - 11:56 AM

First-round co-leader Jhonattan Vegas carved out a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 11-under 133, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Jamie Lovemark. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday, Vegas is T2, one shy of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.

Before Vegas could post his halfway total, he first had to complete 13 holes of his first round early Friday morning, which he did in 6-under to co-lead with Brian Stuard after 18 holes. He began his second round off No. 10 shortly thereafter, and kicked-off with an 8'0" birdie-3, but retreated two with a '7' on the par-5 11th after finding trouble off the tee. That would be the 31-year-old's only blemish on the card, playing his final 16 holes in 4-under and going 6-for-7 in scrambling. He circled birdies on 15, 17, 5 and 7, highlighted by a 21-footer at the par-4 fifth and a 28'2" roll on the par-4 15th.
Apr 29 - 6:23 PM

Jhonattan Vegas torched TPC Louisiana in round one of the Zurich Classic, signing for an 8-under-par 32-32=64 to share the 18-hole lead with Brian Stuard.

Vegas had the putter working right from the get-go in round one. He rolled in a 12'6" putt to save par on the par-3 third hole and splashed one home from 14'10" on the par-4 fifth hole just to get things started. Vegas would tack one four more putts from outside 10 feet before the round was over. That includes the biggest highlight for gamers which came on the par-5 seventh hole when he dropped in a 10'10" eagle roll. This opening 64 matches his season-low round ( Open, R1). Vegas posted a T36 in his 2015 Zurich debut (67-71-69-69) so this easily eclipses his low round at TPC Louisiana.
Apr 29 - 12:38 PM

Jhonattan Vegas authored a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open to post 6-under 210, up 19 places on the live leaderboard to T8. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas is in an eight-way T9, three adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Scott Brown and K.J. Choi.

Vegas was T2 after 36 holes last year but played the weekend on the South Course in 73-73, settling for T11. His personal best in five total visits entering the week was T3 in his 2011 tourney debut. The 31-year-old, who's playing this season on Past Champion status, got into this week's field via a sponsor exemption. He's making the most of it thru 54 holes, circling 11 birdies against seven bogeys on the week, including a three-birdie against two-bogey effort on Saturday. The Venezuelan added one eagle to his tally, canning a 26-footer at the par-5 18th to wrap in style.
Jan 30 - 4:19 PM

Jhonattan Vegas took home the hardware at the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge and returns for another visit this week.

Vegas won this event back when it was still the Bob Hope Classic. It was also played on different courses, and played over five rounds. The event has changed quite a bit since then, and Vegas is just 1-for-4 since his win. On the bright side, his form is starting to show teeth, with top 25s in three of his first five starts this season.
Jan 20 - 7:56 PM

Jhonattan Vegas turned in a bogey-free 3-under-par 35-34=69 after today's final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to wrap his tournament debut at 16-under 272, two swings back of champion and fellow first-timer Peter Malnati.

Vegas didn't log a single top-10 finish last season on 27 starts and lost his full-exempt status. After this week in Mississippi, he logged two in his first three events in 2015-16. Reportedly, he's recently begun working with Dave Stockton on his putting and if it bears fruit, he'll be back in the winner circle sooner rather than later. For three rounds this week, the Venezuelan hit at least 17 greens in regulation, including in the finale, and ended the tourney ranked No. 1 in the stat at an eye-popping 88.89 percent (64/72). However, he finished 34th in strokes gained: putting. The 31-year-old was T3 thru 54 holes this week after opening in 66-67-70 and just one adrift with 18 to play. He was also just two back after 54 holes at the Open, but faded to a T10 with a final-round 1-over 73. The takeaway here, as he heads to the OHL Classic, is that he seems poised to hoist the hardware if he can get the flat stick in order.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 06:55:00 PM

Jhonattan Vegas twirled a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in his second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to post 11-under 133 at the break, four shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He hit all 18 greens in regulation but three-putted the par-4 15th for bogey. Elsewhere, Vegas picked off five par breakers, including an eagle from just off the green five yards away at the par-5 third hole. His longest conventional conversion ran 18 feet, six inches at the par-4 first. The Venezuelan is manufacturing a useful season, but he's cranking it up a notch at the Country Club of Jackson where he's missed only one GIR thus far.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 12:11:00 PM

Jhonattan Vegas got around the Country Club of Jackson in 6-under-par 32-34=66 in today's opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Despite being saddled with Past Champion status, the Venezuelan is building a nice season thus far. With a T10 ( and T43 (Shriners) already on the board, he's 35th in the FedExCup standings. Today in Mississippi, he missed only one green in regulation and circled eight birdies, three of which ranging 11-20 feet. The only blemish on the card was a biggie as he three-putted from 33'1" for double bogey at the par-4 16th. Nevertheless, he's just four strokes off the overnight lead.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 06:19:00 PM

Jhonattan Vegas will peg it at this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

With his surname and the site of this week's tournament, of course he'd play. Well, he wasn't in the field until shoring up a T10 at Silverado on Sunday. The top 10 exempts him into the field of 144 at TPC Summerlin. Vegas -- the golfer -- tied for fifth here as a rookie in 2011. He has Past Champion status on the PGA TOUR this season, so without sponsor exemptions and another top 10 (if not a win), we won't be seeing much of him early.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Jhonattan Vegas sleepwalked to a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in the final round of the Open to conclude his fourth appearance 11-under 277, four back of champion Emiliano Grillo.

Vegas played in 27 events last season and failed to record a single top 10, relegating him to Past Champion status for this season. Cracking the field this week on a sponsor exemption, it took him all of one event to log his first top 10 and exempts him into this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, should he accept. Vying for his second title on TOUR, the first coming in his rookie season in 2011 (Bob Hope Classic), the Venezuelan began Sunday's play at 12-under (T4) and just two back. On his round, he landed 13 greens in regulation, but didn't give himself many realistic scoring chances. His only two birdies came from inside of 11 feet at the par-5 fifth and ninth, respectively, and had only one other opportunity from inside of 10 feet, missing from 5'5" at the par-5 16th. He also missed a par putt at the fourth from 4'9". The 31-year-old went birdie-less on his inward nine and ate a double bogey-5 at the 15th, three-putting from 42 feet after missing the GIR.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 12:20:00 AM