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Jhonattan Vegas

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 62 Jhonattan Vegas tacked on a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to reach halftime on 6-under 134, currently T3 and six back of the leader on the course Jason Kokrak, who's playing his final hole, the par-4 18th.
The University of Texas alum found seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.715 strokes tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at the 18th (his ninth) on a failed scramble, outpaced by three birdies at 14, 16 and 7, each from inside of 23 inches. The Texas resident saved par from 9'9" at the par-4 eighth but missed a chance for one better from 11'11" at the ninth, walking off with a commercial 1.917 putts per GIR and -0.370 SG: Putting. The Venezuelan began the day T3 and that looks to be where he's going to settle. May 19 - 7:02 PM

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Jhonattan Vegas survived a few blemishes en route to a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the AT&T Byron Nelson, positioning himself just two off the early lead.

The Texas Longhorn product gave himself three early birdie looks from inside 16 feet, but came up empty. A 9'4" par saver at the sixth may have turned the tides, as the scoring was unlocked with four birdies over the next six holes immediately after saving par. Three of those were splashed home from the 10-to-17 foot range. Vegas swallowed a bogey at 11 and a double at the 14th but saved the best for last when he stuck his 254-yard approach to five feet at the par-5 16th, sinking it for an eagle. Making his fifth appearance at this event, this goes in the books as his new personal best here, previously carding a 67 in R1 of the 2012 edition and R2 last year. His T49 last year is the highlight on his Byron Nelson resume.
May 18 - 2:46 PM

Jhonattan Vegas maintained a steady pace in round two of the Valero Texas Open, styling a 1-under-par 37-34=71 to reach the midpoint on 4-under 140, four off the pacesetter Bud Cauley.

The Texas Longhorn product was striking it well today, gaining 1.59 strokes off-the-tee and another 1.499 strokes approaching-the-green. That set up 11 birdie-or-better looks from inside 22 feet, but he only converted four of those. On the live leaderboard he ranks just T99 in fairways hit and T92 in GIR percentage. Despite the ho-hum statistics, Vegas is still right in the mix through two days with plenty of room for improvement over the weekend.
Apr 21 - 2:25 PM

World No. 61 Jhonattan Vegas tacked on a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in today's third round of the Shell Houston Open for a three-day total of 6-under 210, up 12 places to T10 with play still in progress.

The Houston resident chased 66 with a one-birdie three-bogey 74, but rebounded on Day 3. He bookended his first half with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 9 (failed scrambles), cancelled out with eagle-3 at eight from 7'7", and then came home in blemish-free 2-under, circling the 13th and 18th from 30'3" and 15'2", respectively. The University of Texas grad mustered six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.029 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 3.480 with the flat stick, buoyed by a pair of par-savers from between seven and 17 feet.
Apr 1 - 5:11 PM

Jhonattan Vegas breezed through the Golf Club of Houston en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in round one of the Shell Houston Open, claiming a spot inside the top 5 on Thursday.

The Houston resident used a balanced attack today, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and landing 14 greens. That translated to 1.837 strokes gained off-the-tee and 1.356 strokes approaching-the-green while his putting chipped in another 1.705 strokes. Today's round will go in the books as his new personal best at the GC of Houston, previously a 6-under 67 in R1 of the 2014 edition. Vegas currently finds himself just two strokes off the early pace set by Rickie Fowler. His best finish at this event came last year when he posted a T19.
Mar 30 - 7:00 PM

Texas Longhorn product Jhonattan Vegas recorded a 3-and-1 victory over the European Ryder Cup star, Thomas Pieters, in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Playing in gusty conditions today, Vegas circled birdies at the par-4 first and par-4 fifth holes while Pieters scribbled five pars. The Belgian fought back with a birdie of his own at the par-3 seventh but then swallowed a bogey at the eight to give another hole to Vegas. With a 2-up lead at the turn, Vegas splashed home a 25'4" birdie at the 10th and Pieters found water at the 12th to give Vegas a 4-up lead. That lead proved to be too much for Pieters to overcome. Playing near his old University of Texas stomping grounds this week, Vegas is now 1-1-0 heading into his third round matchup against Scott Piercy. He will need Bubba Watson to lose to Thomas Pieters in order to have a chance of advancing to the Round of 16.
Mar 23 - 2:24 PM

Jhonattan Vegas readies for his debut appearance at this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Texas Longhorn product should feel right at home in his old stomping grounds this week. He arrives without any WGC-Match Play experience, however. His only head-to-head experience came overseas when he went 1-2-0 during the 2011 Volvo Match Play. Joining him in Group 13 is Bubba Watson, Scott Piercy, and Thomas Pieters. There won't be any easy matches for Vegas this week but his familiarity with the layout and area does make him an interesting sleeper.
Mar 21 - 9:25 AM

World No. 68 Jhonattan Vegas aced the 179-yard par-3 15th (video link below) en route to a season-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his fifth appearance on 7-under 273, up 46 places on the live leaderboard to T4, and tying the low round of the week with three others. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas finished in a season-best six-way T4, five shy of champion Rickie Fowler.

This was the 32-year-old's 18th lap at PGA Nat'l and eclipses a previous-best 66 (x2). He carded those in rounds 2 and 3 in 2014, sandwiched between 70 and 74 for T12, a lone top 25 before today. After making the cut on the number (67-73), the Venezuelan tacked on 69 to begin T50, 12 back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler and five off the overnight top 10. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.143 strokes off-the-tee, currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 5.881. The Texas resident sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at 14 with birdie at 13 and the ace, adding four more circles. Vegas' 64 is a season best (in nine starts), nipping 65 (x2), and cashes for an eighth straight time. This is his third top-15 finish and second top 10, joining T10 at the OHL Classic.
Feb 26 - 2:51 PM

World No. 70 Jhonattan Vegas tossed up a 3-under-par 31-37=68 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to post 7-under 135, up seven places to T1 and good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas is T4, three shy of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 32-year-old was 3-under thru 14 holes on Friday (four birdies, one bogey) when play was suspended, and returned Saturday morning to play his final four holes in all pars. Included in those were an 8-foot 11-inch comebacker for par the 17th and a 26'2" par-saver at the par-4 15th. In total, the two-time TOUR champ found seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 2.755 SG: Putting at last check. His most recent win came at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open last July after gaining entry off a T4 at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship. Vegas overcame a 5-shot deficit at the RBC with 8-under 64 to win by 1, highlighted by a trip-birdie finish.
Feb 18 - 1:29 PM

Due to severe weather, the second round of the Genesis Open was suspended for the day at 12:18 pm PST. 118 (of 143) players are scheduled to be back in position on Saturday at 7:00 am.

Officials got quite a bit more golf in today that they probably had anticipated with 25 golfers getting their respective second rounds completed. Jhonattan Vegas played 14 holes of his first round on Thursday and came back this morning to finish up a 67. He was 3-under thru 14 holes in R2, outpacing bogey-6 at 11 with birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 6 and 9 when the horn sounded. The 32-year-old is currently co-leading with 18-hole leader Sam Saunders, who had yet to tee off.
Feb 17 - 3:30 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 70 Jhonattan Vegas handed in a 4-under-par 33-34=67 after the two-day first round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California, currently T10 with first- and second-round play in progress.

The 32-year-old got 14 holes into the books during Thursday's action at 4-under (five birdies, one bogey) and returned Friday morning to play his final four holes with all pars. He missed the surface in regulation on three of those, making a pair of 8-foot par-savers on holes 6 and 8. On the most recent of his four prior visits in 2015, the Venezuelan finished 75th (last) following rounds of 71-72-81-76. After opening the season with a missed cut in Napa, he's made six consecutive cuts, with a season-best T10 at the OHL Classic.
Feb 17 - 11:11 AM

Past champ Jhonattan Vegas coasted to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 while battling the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST during round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The 2011 champ had hit a rough patch here at the CB Challenge, going 1-for-5 with just an 84th-place finish to his name since the big win. He arrived in much better form this time around, and it showed on day one. The Venezuelan missed eight (of 14) fairways but still managed to recover and hit 14 greens in regulation. Back in 2011, Vegas was positioned in a share of second place after day one before finding his way to the top by week's end. That is exactly where he sits on the leaderboard at the moment with play winding down for the day.
Jan 19 - 7:00 PM

Past champ Jhonattan Vegas makes his way back to PGA WEST for a seventh appearance at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Vegas hoisted the trophy here back in 2011, but a lot has changed since then. First of all, the format has changed from five rounds down to a more traditional four. Also, only one course (La Quinta CC) remains in the rota, as Vegas won this event when it was played at Silver Rock, Nicklaus Private, La Quinta, and Palmer Private. The change in venues have not been kind to Vegas as he's posted a 1-for-5 record here since the 2011 victory, the lone cut made being an 84th place finish in 2014. On the bright side, the Venezuelan arrives off a season that saw him finish a career-best 29th in the FedExCup standings. Perhaps that rejuvenated play will also help him revive the form here in La Quinta, California.
Jan 16 - 2:46 PM

Jhonattan Vegas readies for his second appearance at this week's SBS Tournament of Champions.

Vegas will be making his first appearance at Kapalua Resort since his 2012 debut. He finished solo 27th that year. The 33-year-old punched his ticket back to Maui this year with a victory at the RBC Canadian Open. More recently he finished T10 at the CIMB Classic and followed it up with a solo ninth overseas at the Emirates Australian Open. With good form on his side, Vegas is a strong candidate to improve upon his 2012 Tournament of Champions debut.
Jan 3 - 2:03 PM

It's a family affair for Venezuela in this week's World Cup of Golf in Australia as Jhonattan Vegas teams up with younger brother Julio.

It's a fun story but not unique. In 2011, three sets of brothers competed in the tournament, when Francesco and Edoardo Molinari were joined by Ricardo and Hugo Santos from Portugal and Camilo and Manuel Villegas from Colombia. The Molinaris lifted the trophy together in China in 2009 but the Vegas boys will do well to get anywhere near Venezuela's best finish of T9 at the inaugural event in 1958. Jhonattan posted the second PGA TOUR win of his career when capturing the RBC Canadian Open in July and finished No. 29 in the FedExCup. However, Julio is ranked 1,872nd in the world so will find it hard to support his elder sibling. He's missed six of his last seven cuts on the Latinoamerica Tour.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 06:18:00 AM