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Jhonattan Vegas |

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

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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. Nov 9 - 6:55 PM

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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.
Nov 7 - 12:11 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.
Nov 5 - 6:19 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.
Oct 19 - 10:59 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.
Oct 19 - 12:20 AM

Jhonattan Vegas added a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his second round of the Open and reached the break in 9-under 135.

He's have sat within one stroke of Brendan Steele's pace if not for a sloppy 6 at the 18th hole. Vegas' muffed a look at par from just 46 inches before walking off. However, it summed up a round that could have been so much lower. Consider that the Venezuelan went just 2-for-16 in scoring chances, and one of his conversions had to run 38 feet, three inches before finding its target. But there was no trophy presentation today, anyway, and Vegas remains relevant entering the weekend. With but Past Champion status this season, a secondary objective after winning would be a top 10. It would exempt him into next week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Oct 16 - 9:41 PM

Jhonattan Vegas enjoyed a 8-under-par 31-33=64 for his opening round of the Open.

He signed his card positioned only one stroke off the clubhouse lead. It's a timely round of the PGA TOUR winner who is relegated to Past Champion status after failing to survive the Tour Finals. In fact, he's in the field at Silverado on a sponsor exemption. Vegas converted eagle from just 32 inches at the par-5 fifth hole today to put the cherry on top after finding seven birdies. That set featured rolls of 21'4" at the par-3 11th hole and 12'7" at the par-5 18th. He also poured in a par save from 11'3" at the par-3 seventh. At last check, he led the field in strokes gained: putting with a clip of 3.674.
Oct 15 - 4:37 PM

Jhonattan Vegas preps for his second Finals visit to the Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Vegas completed his fourth season on the PGA TOUR ranked 153rd in the final FedExCup standings. He made the weekend a respectable 18 times on 27 events, but logged but one top-25 finish (T11, Farmers Insurance Open). In 18 starts following the FIO, he made 13 cuts, but cracked the top 40 only twice. The 31-year-old claimed his only TOUR title at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic in his fifth career start but has gone winless over his last 105 events since. He enters the week 25th in Finals money after posting T37-T12-T39 at the first three stops. The Venezuelan went T32 at the 2013 Tour Championship in his only other appearance at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass posting rounds of 66-69-70-74.
Sep 30 - 7:45 AM

For a second time in his career, Jhonattan Vegas ventures back to the Tour Finals and begins his attempt to regain PGA TOUR status at this week's Hotel Fitness Championship.

Vegas concluded the PGA TOUR regular season a dismal 153rd in the FedExCup standings. It was his worst showing in four full campaigns on TOUR and the second time he's failed to qualify for the Playoffs after finishing 126th in FEC points in 2012. The 31-year-old made 18 cuts on 27 starts but didn't record a top 10. His season best was T11 at the Farmers Insurance Open back in February. The only event that Vegas posted four sub-par rounds in was the Zurich Classic at the end of April where he finished T36. The Venezuelan's last go at the Tour Finals was in 2013 where beginning with the Hotel Fitness he posted T43-CUT-CUT-T32.
Sep 9 - 8:03 AM

With the buildup to the FedExCup Playoffs now just five events away, Jhonattan Vegas enters this week's Quicken Loans National No. 142 in the FedExCup standings.

Vegas is a respectable 17-for-24 on the season but with just one top-25 finish (T11, Farmers Insurance Open). Similar to his overall season, he's cashed in four consecutive starts, but nothing better than a T37 at The Greenbrier Classic to show for it. At the Greenbrier, he co-lead after 36 holes but cratered to 6-over-par 76 in the third round. The 30-year-old placed T4 at the Quicken Loans Nat'l in 2012 at Congressional CC, T64 in 2011, and missed the cut in last year's edition.
Jul 28 - 8:35 PM

Overnight co-leader Jhonattan Vegas back-pedaled to a 6-over-par 36-40=76 in today's third round of The Greenbrier Classic for a 54-hole tally of 3-under 207, eight shots back and down 61 spots on the day.

Vegas, playing in the final pairing, began the day tied with Scott Langley with each clinging to a one-stroke advantage over seven players. After circling 11 birdies through his opening 36 holes, the Venezuelan circled none in round three. Thru five holes, Vegas had hit 28 consecutive greens in regulation (a career-best) dating back to round one. He opened with two-putt pars on Nos. 1 and 2, and then three-putted the third from 38 feet for his first of six bogeys on the round. He also three-putted the 13th from 31'6", his third of three consecutive bogeys. But wait, he also three-putted the 15th from a little over 46 feet. In total, Vegas landed 12 greens in regulation and registered 2.250 putts per GIR on said greens. The 30-year-old, who missed the cut at the 2014 and 2012 Greenbrier Classics, now plays his final round for pride.
Jul 4 - 8:46 PM

Jhonattan Vegas ripped off a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 9-under 131 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Vegas' aggregate held. He'll go in the books as a co-leader with Scott Langley.

After landing 15 greens in regulation in the opening round, Vegas found all 18 today. He converted five times for birdie, the longest stretching 14'2" at the par-5 17th hole. His 33 GIR led the field when he signed his card sitting one stroke lower than the previous clubhouse quad-leaders. It's quite a feat of precision given he's split only half of his 28 fairways, but having some strength on a course with soft greens due to rain never hurts.
Jul 3 - 5:22 PM

Jhonattan Vegas posted 4-under-par 30-36=66 in his opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.

The Venezuelan has cashed 14 times this season, but he's just 147th in the FedExCup standings. He found only five (of 14) fairways at The Old White TPC but manufactured 15 opportunities to break par. He converted six times for birdies, five of which from outside 11 feet. The set included rolls of 26'9", 27'5" and 20'1" at the third, eighth and 16th holes, respectively. He also squared two bogeys, including a three-putt from 47'5" at the par-5 17th, but Vegas signed his card positioned just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Jul 2 - 1:28 PM

Jhonattan Vegas hung up a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's opening round of the Travelers Championship.

At 147th in the FedExCup standings, the Venezuelan knows what he needs to do this summer. He's not exempt for next season yet, either. Today served as a splendid first step at achieving his objective. He hit 14 greens in regulation and circled four birdies. The set featured consecutive hole-outs from off the green. After finding the target from the rough eight yards away at the par-4 second, he rolled in a five-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 third. Vegas signed his card two back of the clubhouse lead.
Jun 25 - 4:49 PM

Jhonattan Vegas makes his fourth FedEx St. Jude appearance this week and slots in at 139th in the FedExCup standings

Vegas has a pair of T32-finishes at TPC Southwind (2014, 2011) sandwiching a missed cut in 2012. On the season, he's a respectable 13-for-19 but hasn't garnered much fantasy action with just one top 25 (T11, Farmers Insurance Open). The 30-year-old is in the midst of five consecutive paydays, but nothing of note, breaking the top 40 just once in that span with a T36 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The Venezuelan had a little something going at THE PLAYERS, chasing an opening-round 3-over-par 75 with 69-66 to move to T17 after 54 holes, but slumped to a final-round 76 to finish T42.
Jun 10 - 11:48 AM