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Jhonattan Vegas

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230

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Jhonattan Vegas vaulted up the round-one leaderboard at the CareerBuilder Challenge, posting a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 while playing at the Nicklaus Tournament Course on day one.
The Venezuelan has fond memories of the California desert, winning the 2011 edition of the CareerBuilder to earn his first PGA TOUR title. The event hasn't been kind to him since, posting nothing inside the top 30 in six visits since. This year he arrived with a bit of confidence after playing in the Presidents Cup and finishing T7 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That confidence really showed today as he circled five birdies while also holing out for eagle at the par-5 11th. With a good start now under his belt, Vegas will head to the difficult Stadium Course for his second round. Jan 18 - 6:57 PM

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World No. 44 Jhonattan Vegas handed in a 3-under-par 36-34=70 after the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions for a 72-hole total of 13-under 279, down one spot to T7.

After opening in 68-70-71, the 33-year-old began T6 on 10-under, six back of 54-hole leader and eventual champ Dustin Johnson. He managed nine (of 15) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.397 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.232 tee-to-green. The University of Texas alum squared two bogeys at holes 2 and 10 (failed scrambles), offset by three birdies at 5, 12 and 14, walking off with eagle-3 at 18 from 13'3". He recorded 1.818 putts per GIR and 0.826 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. This was the Venezuelan's first top 25 in three appearances and first top 10 of the season in five starts.
Jan 7 - 9:44 PM

World No. 44 Jhonattan Vegas pieced together a 2-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, dropping two spots to T6 on 10-under 209, six adrift of 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 33-year-old mustered seven (of 15) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.968 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.559 around-the-green. He was 2-over thru his first four holes, squaring Nos. 2 and 4, but played his final 14 in 4-under, offsetting a third and final bogey at 14 with five circles at 5, 9, 11 (from 11'7"), 15 and 18. At the 18th, the Venezuelan, who lives in Houston, nearly holed out for albatross from 255 yards away, and then missed his eagle try from 9'9". He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.051 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Jan 6 - 8:12 PM

World No. 44 Jhonattan Vegas carved out a 3-under-par 32-38=70 in the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, falling two spots to T4 on 8-under 138, two back of 36-hole co-leaders Marc Leishman and Brian Harman.

The 33-year-old conjured nine (of 15) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, currently No. 2 in the latter at 83.33 percent (30/36). He squared four at holes 4 (3-putt from 73'9"), 10, 11 (3-putt from 59'5") and 15, outpaced by five circles at 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18, all from eight feet and in. The Houston resident's longest conversion of the day was a 14-footer for eagle-3 at five and second longest putt holed was a par-saver from 9'10" at the par-3 second. He recorded 1.714 putts per GIR and -0.426 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Jan 5 - 10:13 PM

Jhonattan Vegas ransacked Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course with seven birdies on his way toward a 5-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, good enough for a spot inside the top 3 on the live leaderboard.

The big hitter striped 11 (of 15) fairways and that allowed him to pelt 16 greens in regulation. All that striking was good for +1.223 strokes gained off-the-tee and +1.627 strokes gained approaching-the-green at the time he signed his scorecard. The Texas Longhorn is making his second straight appearance at this event, and third overall. In his two previous trips, he's finished solo 27th and T30th. That would suggest a regression may be in order. However, there are high winds in the forecast all week and the greens are running even slower than usual due to an infection. Perhaps those two factors are all it takes for Vegas to shine here on Maui.
Jan 4 - 9:46 PM

Presidents Cup rookie Jhonattan Vegas nipped Jordan Spieth 2-and-1 in Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, gaining his first points of the week while Spieth suffered his first loss.

Spieth departs 3-1-1 but interestingly, is winless in singles play in both the Presidents and Ryder Cups. Vegas entered Sunday 0-4-0 but gutted out the victory, leaving fellow rookie and Captain's pick Emiliano Grillo as the only player to not record any points on either side. Spieth took a 1 UP lead with birdie-4 at the fifth (from 6'9") but that would be his only lead. Vegas won the sixth with par and went 1 UP with birdie-3 at eight. He went 2 UP with birdie-4 at nine and wasn't done there, building a 4 UP advantage with birdies at 11 and 12 before Spieth won the 13th with par. Vegas immediately went back to 4 UP, claiming the 14th (par), lost the 15th to Spieth birdie-3, just Spieth's third birdie of the match. Vegas lost the 16th to Spieth's par, as Spieth battled to stay alive, but the match would end one hole later after the 17th was halved in pars.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 05:48:00 PM

World No. 38 Jhonattan Vegas is at East Lake Golf Club for the TOUR Championship and checks in at 17th in the FedExCup standings.

The 33-year-old is making his second consecutive appearance after T24 (of 30) last year on 3-over 283 (70-73-71-69). Overall, it's his 13th Playoffs event with one prior top-20 finish, a T3 at THE NORTHERN TRUST this year. The Venezuelan chased that with T65 at the Dell Tech and T63 last week at the BMW (71-68-74-71). He has eight top 10s on the season in 28 events, two in his last six starts, highlighted by his third TOUR title at the RBC Canadian Open in a successful title defense, prevailing in a two-man playoff. The Houston resident ranks 66th on TOUR in SG: Total, 100th in scoring average (70.958), and 170th in SG: Putting (-.340).
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 06:55:00 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 48 Jhonattan Vegas painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST to post 9-under 271, up six places on the live leaderboard to solo 4th, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead, tying the low round of the day with two others, and carding just the second blemish-free lap of the day. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas finished T3, four shots out of a two-man playoff involving Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

The 33-year-old, who arrived off a missed cut at the PGA, was making his fourth appearance. He records a second top 25 (T22/2016) and first top 10, and his first top 10 in nine overall Playoffs events. After kicking off in 69-65-72, the Houston resident began T10 on 4-under, eight adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.455 strokes off-the-tee and 3.231 approaching-the-green, but losing 0.703 around-the-green. The Venezuelan circled five at Nos. 2, 3, 9, 13 and 16, two of those 2-putt varieties, recording 1.769 putts per GIR and 2.682 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He's projected to jump 17 spots to 12th in the FedExCup standings.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 48 Jhonattan Vegas backed up with a 2-over-par 38-34=72 on Day 3 of THE NORTHERN TRUST, falling nine places to T10 on 4-under 206, eight adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

After opening in 69-65, the Houston resident co-led with three others, including Spieth. Playing out of the final twosome with Dustin Johnson (67), he conjured eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 2.646 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 0.644 around-the-green. The 33-year-old went out in 3-over, outbalancing birdie-3 at 5 with four bogey-5s at Nos. 1, 4, 7 and 9. He came home in bogey-free 1-under, circling a second and final birdie at the par-5 13th. The Venezuelan registered 1.800 putts per GIR and -0.005 SG: Putting, taking 30 total putts.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 07:00:00 PM

World No. 48 Jhonattan Vegas enjoyed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST to post 6-under 134, up 19 places to T1 and good the low round in the clubhouse and a share of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead with 2011 champ Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas is tied for the lead with three others while Matt Kuchar had the low round with 64. It's his fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead, previously 1-for-4 (P1, 2011 Bob Hope).

This is the 33-year-old's fourth appearance with progressively better finishes of 70th/2011, T66/2014 and T22 last year (Bethpage Black). He kicked off with a three-birdie two-bogey 69 and circled five on Day 2 at holes 5, 7, 12, 13 and 15. The Houston resident found seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 3.420 SG: Approach-the-Green and 4.973 SG: Tee-to-Green. His split featured two conversions from between 11 and 15 feet, recording 1.667 putts per GIR, 1.838 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. Vegas reached the TOUR championship last year for the first time in five tries, eventually finishing a career-best 29th in the FedExCup standings. He successfully defended at the Canadian Open three starts ago for his third TOUR title.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Defending champ and World No. 78 Jhonattan Vegas erased a three-shot deficit with 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to match 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman (68) on 21-under 267, and then defeated him with an up-and-down birdie on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th. UPDATE: Vegas leaps 30 spots to a career-high 48th in OWGR, the first time he's been in the Top 50.

The 32-year-old, a pre-tourney 70/1 outright, bags his third TOUR title in 156 career starts (155 pro), first since his five-shot come-from-behind win here last year (28 starts ago). Arriving off five straight missed cuts, he posts his sixth top 25 of the season in 23 starts and third top 10, first since T4 at the Honda back in February. After opening in 66-69-67, the Texas alum began T5, three back. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he landed six (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 2.462 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Venezuelan squared a lone bogey-4 at 15, camouflaged by eight birdies at Nos. 2, 5-7, 9, 11, 13 and 16, three from between 22 and 41 feet, recording 1.462 putts per GIR and 3.064 SG: Putting. In extra time, both players missed the fairway, but Hoffman was forced to layup, eventually having to hole-out from a greenside bunker to extend, while Vegas chipped from 30'10" away for a tap-in 4 from 16 inches.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 07:01:00 PM

Defending champ and World No. 78 Jhonattan Vegas fashioned a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach 14-under 202, up six places on the live leaderboard to T4, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman.

The 32-year-old landed eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.204 strokes around-the-green but gaining 1.936 approaching-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at six, offset by six circles at holes 2, 5, 7, 8, 16 and 18. The Texas alum's split included two, two-putt birdies and two conversions from between 13 and 14 feet, registering 1.733 putts per GIR and a pedestrian 0.245 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Defending champ and World No. 78 Jhonattan Vegas orchestrated a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach 9-under 135, up one place to T5, two back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Matt Every.

Vegas was 203rd in the world rankings when he won last year on limited status. He got in the field off a top-10 finish (T4) the week prior at the opposite-field Barbasol, and is the most recent winner on TOUR to win that way. Today's lap saw the 32-year-old muster six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.756 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.985 around-the-green. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he circled five birdies at 13, 17, 18, 2 and 5, taking some luster off with bogeys at 14 and 7 (failed scrambles). The Texas alum posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.189 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 01:32:00 PM

Defending champion Jhonattan Vegas opened his attempt at a title defense with a 6-under-par 31-35=66, finding a spot inside the top 10 after day one.

The big hitter missed an early birdie look from 4'2" at the par-5 second, but made up for it with a four-pack of circles before the turn. His lone blemish of the round came at the par-4 11th where he went fairway bunker to water hazard, resulting in a double-bogey 6. Vegas bounced back immediately with a 29'9" birdie bomb at the 12th. Coming into the clubhouse, he'd tack on three more birdies to beat his pace from last year by seven shots. The Venezuelan arrived without much form but a return to a familiar venue is solving the puzzle so far.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 08:37:00 PM

Jhonattan Vegas came from off the pace to win the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, and hopes to repeat that performance this week as he turns his attention toward Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Vegas opened the 2016 edition with a 1-over 73 to sit at T55 on the leaderboard. He progressively improved in rounds 2 and 3, reaching T15 before the finale. Vegas was still five off the pace before torching Glen Abbey Golf Club with an 8-under 64 to heist the trophy from Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, and Martin Laird. Last year, Vegas arrived on the heels of a strong week at the Barbasol (T4, including an 11-under 60 in R2). This time around, the Venezuelan enters with five straight missed cuts to his name. Perhaps a return to happy hunting ground will restore the form for this Texas Longhorn product.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 12:28:00 PM