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Bud Cauley

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 150

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World No. 133 Bud Cauley carved out an even-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson for a 72-hole tally of 8-under 272, up one place into a four-way T5, four strokes back of a 2-man playoff involving Jason Day and eventual champ Billy Horschel.
This was the 27-year-old's third appearance, second cash and second straight top 5 (T4/2016). It's his fifth top 25 of the season in 17 starts, all five doubling as top 10s and three of those top 5s. The Floridian has now posted four consecutive top 10s, which is the longest current streak on TOUR. After opening in 67-67-68, he began T6 on 8-under, four shy of 54-hole leader James Hahn and mustered three (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.794 strokes off-the-tee. The Alabama product was 2-over thru 12 holes, outbalancing birdies at 7 and 11 with bogeys at 4, 5, 10 and 12, but played his final six in 2-under, circling 13 and 17. May 21 - 8:27 PM

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World No. 133 Bud Cauley pieced together a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to reach the three-quarter pole on 8-under 202, down three places into a 3-way T6, four back of leader James Hahn.

After kicking off in twin-67s, the 27-year-old began in a 6-way logjam on 6-under, six shy of 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he overcame a double bogey-6 at 11 and bogey-5 at 12, with four conventional birdies at 4, 5, 14 (from 16'8") and 16, adding a pitch-in 2 at the par-3 13th from 42'6" away. The Floridian found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.340 strokes tee-to-green but losing 0.178 on-the-green. He'll play out of the fourth-to-last twosome in R4, still looking for his first TOUR title in his 111th career start.
May 20 - 7:03 PM

World No. 133 Bud Cauley enjoyed a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 6-under 134, matching the 36-hole clubhouse lead with three others.

The 27-year-old is up four places on the day at currently T3, though four shy of the leader on the course Jason Kokrak, who's playing his 15th hole. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.380 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.339 approaching-the-green. The Floridian squared a lone bogey-5 at 11 (failed scramble), offset by four birdies at 6, 12, 14 and 16, three conventional from inside of seven feet, adding a 16-footer for birdie-3 at 14 from just off the green. He posted a pedestrian 1.818 putts per GIR but went 6-for-7 in scrambling, currently 81.82 percent in the latter thru 36 holes, well above the field average of 56.51 percent.
May 19 - 6:31 PM

Bud Cauley cruised to a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, staking out his spot as an early contender on day one.

Cauley kicked off his week on the back nine and got the scoring started early with a trio of circles on Nos. 11 thru 13. He would add two bogeys on the day, with two more birdies added, as well. The story of the day was ball-striking as he landed eight approach shots to inside 14 feet, converting on five of them. He left a few birdies out on the course but made up for those with a pair of par-saving putts from the 12-to-16 foot range. Cauley walked off the course gaining 2.166 strokes putting on the day. The Alabama product finished T4 here last year after opening with a 6-under 64, so he is slightly behind pace but still in great position.
May 18 - 1:13 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Bud Cauley has pulled his name from the field at this week's Wells Fargo Championship, giving Stuart Appleby a crack at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Cauley has been cruising lately with finishes of T5-T10-T9 over his last three starts. He was an early commit to this week's field but is now deciding to leave the table in the middle of a heater. There is no injury cited, but we will update if anything pops up. For now, gamers should remove him from all lineups this week.
May 2 - 12:04 PM

In four-ball action, Bud Cauley and Justin Thomas hung up a bogey-free 11-under-par 28-33=61 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to wrap up on 19-under 269, up 24 spots to T5 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With two teams heading to a Monday playoff, Cauley and Thomas will finish T5, while Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown had the low round of the day with a week-tying-low 60.

After kicking off in 70-64-74, the University of Alabama products began T29 on 8-under, a distant 11 adrift of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Beginning off No. 10 tee and with lift, clean and place in effect, Cauley did the lifting on their first nine, circling Nos. 11, 15 and 18 to turn 3-under. Thomas, who turned 24 yesterday (Apr. 29th), got going with birdie-3 at 1 and also circled 3s at 4 and 5, before finishing his contribution with a hole-out eagle-3 at seven (from 73'2" away). Cauley circled his fourth birdie at the second, and then went birdie-birdie at 8 and 9.
Apr 30 - 8:29 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 146 Bud Cauley labored to an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 282, down six spots to T10 and his best finish and first top 10 in his fourth appearance.

After opening in 70-66, the 27-year-old co-led with Tony Finau, his first 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 109th career start (108 pro). He played the weekend in 74-72 to hang on for his third top 10 of the season in 15 starts and second straight. Last week, the Floridian was the 18-hole leader at the RBC Heritage with 63, settling for T9 after rounds of 72-71-69. He began the final frame this week on 6-under (T4), two back of leader and eventual champ Kevin Chappell. Cauley doubled the first, battled back with birdies at Nos. 2, 5 and 6, bogeyed 7 and birdied 9 to turn 1-under. He took himself out of contention with squares at 10, 12 and 13, but salvaged the top 10 with birdie-4s at 14 and 18. The Alabama product had one just one bogey thru 36 holes but had eight and the double over his final 36.
Apr 23 - 8:31 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 146 Bud Cauley back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open, falling three places into a 7-way T4 on 6-under 210, two back of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

After kicking off in 70-66, the 27-year-old co-led with Tony Finau, his first 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 109th career start (108 pro). On a windy Day 3 in San Antonio, he was birdie-less 3-over thru 13 holes, squaring bogeys at Nos. 1, 8 and 12, before getting on the board with birdie-4 at 14 from 22 inches. The Floridian gave up another with a 3-putt bogey-5 at 15 (from 59'0"), concluding his scoring with a 2-putt birdie after driving the green at the par-4 17th. He peppered 11 (of 14) fairways but landed only nine greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -0.848 SG: Putting. Cauley's been a third-place finisher three times on TOUR but is vying for his first title.
Apr 22 - 8:43 PM

Bud Cauley blitzed the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during round two, reaching the midpoint on 8-under 136, currently good for the title of clubhouse leader.

Cauley coasted to a three birdie, one bogey effort on day one, but lost 1.138 strokes putting to prevent any further scoring. Perhaps he spent some extra time on the practice greens because he flipped the script entirely today. It started on the opening hole when he splashed home a 12'10 par saver. He would add two more par savers from outside 11 feet before his day would be over, in addition to a pair of lengthy birdie putts from outside 13 feet, the longest coming from over 38 feet. Cauley walked off the course gaining 4.745 strokes putting today. If this lead holds by day's end, it will be the 27-year-old's first 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. Last week at the RBC Heritage he found himself T5 after two days before fading slightly to T9 come Sunday night.
Apr 21 - 1:18 PM

First-round leader and World No. 181 Bud Cauley orchestrated a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to finish up on 9-under 275, up two spots to T11 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Cauley finished T9.

The 27-year-old was making his fourth appearance and this was a second cash, brushing aside a previous-best T37 in 2012. He was the 18-hole pace-setter (by two) with a season-low 63, and followed with rounds of 72-71-69. This was the Florida native and resident's 14th start of the season and will be a second top 25, possibly and second top 10, joining a career-tying-best T3 at the CareerBuilder. For the week, he tallied 20 birdies against nine bogeys and one double bogey-7 in R2, concluding with five birdies versus three bogeys on nine (of 14) fairways and just nine greens in regulation.
Apr 16 - 4:59 PM

Overnight leader Bud Cauley backpedaled in round two of the RBC Heritage, settling for a 1-over-par 35-37=72, maintaining a spot inside the top 10 on 7-under 135.

Cauley was nearly perfect on day one as he put on a stripe show, missing just two fairways and one GIR. It was a much different story in round two as he managed just five fairways and 11 greens in regulation. The biggest setback came at the par-5 15th where he found water on his approach shot and walked off with a double-bogey 7 on the fourth-easiest hole on the course. Despite the stumble in round two, Cauley is still just three strokes off the early pacesetter Graham DeLaet heading into the weekend.
Apr 14 - 11:50 AM

Bud Cauley put on a ball-striking clinic in round one of the RBC Heritage, resulting in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 to give himself an early two-stroke lead over the field.

Cauley lapped the field in ball-striking metrics, striping 12 (of 14) fairways en route to 17 greens in regulation. That came on a day where the field is average just over 8 fairways and just under 12 GIR. Translated to advanced stats, Cauley gained 1.959 strokes off-the-tee and 3.804 strokes approaching-the-green. His putter also chipped in two conversion from outside 11 feet without missing any gimmies along the way. The University of Alabama product is making his fourth appearance at Harbour Town Golf Links, with two missed cuts and a T37 (2012) on his Heritage resume. This round falls two strokes shy of the course record held by Troy Merritt and David Frost and also falls one shy of Cauley's career best on TOUR (62 in R1 of 2012 McGladrey Classic). The 2012 McGladrey is also the only time Cauley has led/co-led after any round on TOUR, he'd go on to finish T20 that week.
Apr 13 - 4:34 PM

World No. 181 Bud Cauley makes final preparations for his fourth RBC Heritage and checks in at 95th in the FedExCup standings.

This is the 27-year-old's fourth visit to Harbour Town Golf Links, first since a missed cut in 2013 (78-70). His other two tries resulted in T37 in 2012 (71-68-74-73) and a MC on debut in 2010. The Florida native and resident is 6-for-13 on the season with one top 25, a T3 at the CareerBuilder back in January (eight starts ago). That's tied for a career best in 107 career events, having posted 3rd-places finishes two other times, most recently at the 2012 Wyndham Championship. The University of Alabama product arrives off a T58 at the Valspar (70-72-76-70) and MCs at Bay Hill and the Houston Open (by four) with rounds of 73-73.
Apr 12 - 3:47 PM

Making his 100th career TOUR start (99 pro), World No. 323 Bud Cauley rode a hole-out eagle-2 to a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 270, good for a two-way T3, two back of champion Hudson Swafford and matching his career-best finish.

This was the 26-year-old's fifth appearance with a previous-best T14 last year. After opening the season with a T50 in Napa, he arrived off four straight missed cuts. The Alabama product began R4 in a four-way T3 on 15-under, two adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. He circled two birdies and a hole-out eagle-3 at 11 (from 103 yards out) to jump into a four-way tie for the lead on 17-under, but managed just one more birdie-3 at 14 over his last seven holes. Cauley's lone bogey came at the par-4 ninth, just his second bogey in his final 54 holes. This is his third, third-place finish on TOUR, first since solo 3rd at the 2012 Wyndham.
Jan 22 - 5:49 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club, World No. 323 Bud Cauley twirled a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 15-under 201, up 10 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, two adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, who shot 59.

The Alabama product is getting progressively better, carding rounds of 69-67-65. He began the third frame on 8-under (T13), six back of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, recording 1.533 putts per GIR. The 26-year-old squared a lone bogey at the par-3 seventh, but erased with eight birdies coming at Nos. 11-13, 16, 3, 4, 6, and 9.
Jan 21 - 6:35 PM