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Jhonattan Vegas

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

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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. Nov 23 - 6:18 AM

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Jhonattan Vegas tacked on a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to reach 14-under 270, good for his first top 10 of the season in his fourth start and first since he won the 2016 RBC Canadian Open on a top-10 exemption.

The 32-year-old began the finale in a four-way T10 and that's exactly where he finished. This was his sixth straight appearance at Mayakoba and his first top 10, supplanting a previous-best T19 on debut in 2011. The Venezuelan posted rounds of 69-67 and bogey-free 65 before today's four-birdie two-bogey showing. For the week, he tallied 19 birdies against five bogeys. While this is Vegas' first top 10 since the above-mentioned win, it is his fifth top 25 in his last 10 starts.
Nov 13 - 6:39 PM

Jhonattan Vegas hung up a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in today's third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to reach 12-under 201, up 14 places on the live leaderboard to T10.

The 32-year-old is making his sixth straight appearance in Mexico with a best of T19 on debut in 2011. This is his fourth start of the season chasing a missed cut at the Safeway with a pair of T45s at the no-cut CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC. The Venezuelan, who finished a career-best 29th in the FedExCup standings last season, is getting progressively better as the week goes along, following rounds of 69-67 with today's six-birdie effort on 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation.
Nov 12 - 3:09 PM

Jhonattan Vegas finished in 10th place during the 2011 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and returns this week for a second crack at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Vegas was derailed by a second-round 1-over 73 back in 2011, but still walked away with a top 10. The Texas Longhorn didn't even have 30 career PGA TOUR starts under his belt at that time, but enters this week with a 89-for-135 record, including 12 top 10s. The 32-year-old is fresh off a career year that saw him finish 29th on the FedExCup leaderboard. His previous best was 54th during his rookie year (2011). Vegas may fly under the radar this week, but he's already proven he can excel here in China, making him a nice option in deeper fantasy formats.
Oct 25 - 7:52 AM

Jhonattan Vegas strolled around East Lake Golf Club on his way to an even-par 36-34=70 during the opening round of the TOUR Championship.

The 32-year-old found 13 greens in regulation today, but still managed to avoid all but one bogey on the card. It came at the difficult opening par-4 which yielded just three birdies on the day while playing to a field average of 4.4 strokes. The Venezuelan played a very quiet round after the opening bogey, scribbling 16 pars and a birdie. The birdie came at the par-4 16th when he rolled in a 15'5" to break the silence of pars. Entering the week at 29th in the FedExCup race, Vegas is a long shot to take home the FEC trophy at week's end, but he's off to a good start nonetheless. DFS gamers will be hoping for more fireworks as the week progresses.
Sep 22 - 3:36 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, Jhonattan Vegas fashioned a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the BMW Championship to reach 5-under 211, up 15 places to T20 with play still in progress.

The 32-year-old is making his second appearance, first since T49 in 2011 (Cog Hill G&CC). He entered the week 29th in the FedExCup standings, looking to advance to the TOUR Championship for the first time. The Venezuelan, winner of this year's RBC Canadian Open on a top-10 exemption, opened in 69-72 to sit T35 on 3-under. He carded two birdies on 12 greens in regulation, circling the par-4 11th from 5'10" and the par-5 11th from 31'8". The University of Texas alum drove into the water on his final hole, the par-5 ninth, but eventually saved par with a 13-footer from off the green with the flat stick.
Sep 10 - 5:38 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Jhonattan Vegas hung up a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, T3 on the live leaderboard, one shy of co-leaders James Hahn and Ryan Moore.

The 32-year-old is making his second appearance, first since T42 on debut in 2011 (71-72-67-71). He mustered just six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, but gained 1.619 strokes around the green going 6-for-6 in scrambles. The Olympian circled five birdies, four conventional from eight feet or less, and added a chip-in birdie from 19 feet away at the par-3 third. He kept the card clean dropping four par-savers from between five and seven feet.
Sep 2 - 6:34 PM

Jhonattan Vegas tacked on an even-par 35-36=71 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach the midpoint on 3-under 139, two in arrears to 36-hole clubhouse-leader Ryan Moore.

The Venezuelan, who turned 32 seven days ago (August 19th), was 2-under on his lap on Day 2 thru 14 holes, but stalled out with two bogeys over his final four holes. Earlier, he camouflaged a bogey-5 at the ninth with birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 14. The University of Texas alum found just half (of 14) fairways for a second straight lap and digressed slightly to 12 greens in regulation and 1.750 putts per GIR. All three of his bogeys were failed scrambles but did make two par-savers from between five and seven feet to limit any further damage.
Aug 26 - 1:30 PM

Jhonattan Vegas cruised to a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of The Barclays, posting up just two strokes off the early leaders Patrick Reed and Martin Laird.

Vegas found just seven (of 14) fairways but still managed 13 greens in regulation. He opened on the difficult back nine at Bethpage Black and survived with just one bogey before the turn. On the way, he trickled in two birdies including a 28'10" bomb at the par-4 18th. Vegas also added a 34'1" birdie splash at the par-3 eighth. Both of these long-distance putts help explain how he gained 1.63 strokes putting on the day. The 32-year-old entered the week ranked 31st in the FedExCup standings. If he keeps this up he could be on his way to East Lake for the first time in his career.
Aug 25 - 6:07 PM

Fresh off a win at the RBC Canadian Open, Jhonattan Vegas kept his foot on the gas with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the 98th PGA Championship.

Vegas found just six fairways today but still managed 13 greens in regulation. He opened on the back nine and went to work with the flat stick, splashing home three putts from 11-to-18 feet over his first seven holes. From there, the putter cooled down as he made just one putt from outside five feet on his inward nine and also missed a 3'4" par-saving attempt on the eighth hole. The 31-year-old is making just his third career start in a major championship this week with a T51 at the 2011 PGA Championship going as best finish. At 2-under 68 he currently sits at T8 on the live leaderboard.
Jul 28 - 5:46 PM

Jhonattan Vegas styled an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in today's final round of the RBC Canadian Open to post the clubhouse mark on 12-under 276, and then waited to see if anyone in the final eight groups could match, including FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson and overnight leader Brandt Snedeker, but none did.

The 31-year-old, playing this season on Past Champion status, erased a five-shot deficit in the finale, climbing 14 places to claim his second TOUR title in his 128th career start. His maiden victory, the 90-hole 2011 Bob Hope Classic, came in a playoff in his second career start in his rookie season. Last week, the Venezuelan led/co-led after each of the first three rounds at the Barbasol, but after opening in 65 and a career-low, course- and tournament-record 11-under 60, he played the weekend in 2-over 72-72, tying a season-best T4. Vegas' six-stroke lead at the midpoint was the largest on TOUR this season and while finishing on a disappointing note, his top 10 got him an exemption into this week. The Houston resident began Sunday's play in a six-way T15 on 4-under, five back. He outpaced a 3-putt bogey at the eighth with nine birdies, including five straight on Nos. 2-6 and three straight to end his round.
Jul 24 - 4:46 PM

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

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