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Bud Cauley

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/16/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 150

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Bud Cauley was involved in a very serious car accident Friday night in Dublin, Ohio, and is hospitalized in Columbus with five broken ribs, a collapsed right lung, and a fractured lower left leg.
Todd Lewis of Golf Channel relayed the news from his agency, IMG. Cauley was a passenger during the crash. There are no further details at the time but we will provide an update when any news gets passed along. Cauley missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament this week and was set to peg it at the U.S. Open qualifier next Monday in Memphis. He has since withdrawn. Jun 2 - 7:46 PM

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World No. 136 Bud Cauley is in Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament and checks in at 82nd in the FedExCup standings and off a missed cut (by three) at THE PLAYERS three weeks ago (73-73). UPDATE: Cauley missed the cut by nine shots on 9-over 153 (77-76).

The Alabama product is 4-for-4 at the Memorial with a best of T25 last year, where was T19 thru 54 holes (75-67-70-74). His best in 16 rounds on the par-72 layout is 66/R3 in 2016 and owns a 71.94 scoring average with seven in the red. The 28-year-old has seven top 25s this season 16 starts and two top 10s, the most recent a T8 at the RSM last fall. After connecting three straight top 25s at Bay Hill, Houston, Heritage, he MC'd the Zurich paired with Justin Thomas, T67 at Wells Fargo and the MC at THE PLAYERS. The Floridian is a cumulative 7-over-par in his last six rounds and ranks 106th on TOUR in scoring average (71.14).
May 30 - 3:09 PM

Bud Cauley streaks into the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte this week looking to stay consistent.

Cauley paired up with fellow University of Alabama alum Justin Thomas at the Zurich Classic last week and they didn't have great success, missing the cut. Before that event he had three straight made cuts, finishing 23rd or better in each outing. He isn't a bomber off the tee, but he doesn't have to be to have success at Quail Hollow. He makes up for his lack of length off the tee with tremendous scrambling and putting ability. In fact, he is 27th on TOUR with 28.36 Putts Per Round.
May 2 - 10:50 PM

Bud Cauley cooked up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the Houston Open, good for an early seat inside the top 5.

Cauley circled five birdies on his outward nine today, offsetting a big blemish at the par-4 sixth where he settled for a double bogey after finding trouble off the tee. All five of those birdie conversions came from the 6-to-13 foot range. Cauley cruised home from there with seven pars and two more birds. The Alabama alum didn't take full advantage of preferred lies as he split just five (of 14) fairways today. Despite the inaccuracy, he was able to recover nicely and pelt 15 greens in regulation. Cauley missed the cut here last year but before that he opened his Houston Open career with a pair of top 20s.
Mar 29 - 3:40 PM

World No. 127 Bud Cauley manufactured a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a three-day total of 7-under 209, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T8, three adrift of 54-hole clubhouse leader Rory McIlroy.

The Floridian hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.716 strokes around-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 5, 14 and 18, all failed scrambles, offset by five circles at 2, 4, 6, 9 (from 38'10") and 12. The 28-year-old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday (Mar. 16th), posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.493 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. UPDATE: Cauley, winless in 132 events, is paired on Sunday with Tiger Woods (79 wins) for the first time in his career.
Mar 17 - 5:17 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 127 Bud Cauley fired a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach 5-under 139, up 41 spots on the live leaderboard to T7, six in arrears of clubhouse leaders Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

After an opening four-birdie, four-bogey 72, the Floridian improves to 2-for-4 at Bay Hill. He missed his last two cuts after debuting a T4 in 2012, which included a previous-best 68/R3. The Alabama product found 10 (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.559 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.126 on approach. He squared bogey-5 at No. 1, offset by red a 13, 15-17, 4 and 6, highlighted by a hole-out, birdie-3 at 15 from 50'10" away and an 18-footer for birdie-2 at 17. Cauley, who's celebrating his 28th birthday today (Mar. 16th), recorded 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.079 SG: Putting with just 23 total putts.
Mar 16 - 2:32 PM

Bud Cauley swallowed a 10-over-par 40-40=80 during round one of The Honda Classic and shortly after he withdrew from the event. He cited a wrist injury as the culprit. UPDATE: Cauley returned to action at the Valspar Championship and missed the cut by six strokes after rounds of 78-73, potentially still hindered by the wrist.

Cauley circled a birdie at the par-4 first hole but that was the lone bright spot of the day. There wasn't one aspect of the game that kept him down, losing strokes to the field in all four sub-categories including -3.033 strokes gained putting. Cauley has two previous mid-tourney WDs on his resume but this is the first since his return from shoulder surgery in 2014. We will update if any injury news pops up. UPDATE: Cauley shared an update with his social media followers saying, "wrist starting [started] hurting me yesterday, gave it a go but it's still hurting. going to get it looked at... hope to be healthy for Tampa."
Feb 22 - 4:52 PM

Bud Cauley heads to the CareerBuilder Challenge in California this week looking to make his fifth cut in five events this season.

Cauley has already bagged a pair of Top 10 finishes, including a seventh-place showing at the Safeway Open and an eighth-place outing at The RSM Classic in his most recent appearance in mid-November. The key to his early success has been driving accuracy, as he ranked 38th in the category (70.54 percent) and 67th in GIR (71.88 percent) through 16 rounds. That will serve him well at La Quinta CC. He might not be the first name off the tip of the tongue from casual DFS players, but he is a solid mid-tier DFS play with some upside. He is ranked in the Top 12 in both strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained-putting.
Jan 17 - 5:36 AM

World No. 114 Bud Cauley authored a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of The RSM Classic to conclude on 13-under 269, up six spots to T7 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Cauley finished T8.

This was the 27-year-old's third cash in six appearances, third top 25 and first top 10 (T15/2011). He was making his fourth start of the season and is heading for a second top 10, joining T7 at the Safeway. After kicking off in 72-63-68, the Alabama product began T13 on 9-under, one short of the overnight top 10. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.018 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.592 tee-to-green. The Floridian squared two bogeys at Nos. 1 and 17, offset by six circles at 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 and 15, two from between 11 and 18 feet. He posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 0.728 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 03:24:00 PM

Playing the Seaside Course, World No. 114 Bud Cauley enjoyed a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-33=63 in the second round of The RSM Classic to reach 7-under 135, up 82 spots on the live leaderboard to T13, good for the low round in the clubhouse and the low round of the week thus far at Seaside. UPDATE: With play completed, Cauley is T12, while 36-hole leader Austin Cook had the low round with 62 (Seaside).

This is the 27-year-old's sixth RSM with two prior top 20s among just two cashes. After a T15 on debut in 2011 and T20 in 2012, he's missed the cuts in 2014, 2016 and 17. The University of Alabama's product's career low in a now-399 career rounds is 62, on the Seaside Course in 2012/R1, back when the tourney was just one course and has fared much better on the par-70 layout. He opened with even-par 72 on Plantation, cancelling four circles with two bogeys and double bogey-6. On Day 2, the Floridian landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 3.008 strokes tee-to-green. He circled six, including four straight at holes 4-7, posting 1.571 putts per GIR and 3.642 SG: Putting. Cauley's split featured three conversions from between 18 and 31 feet, taking 26 total putts.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 03:34:00 PM

World No. 105 Bud Cauley backed up with a 2-over-par 37-37=74 in the final round of the Safeway Open, dropping four places to T7 on 10-under 278, five shy of back-to-back champion Brendan Steele.

This was the 27-year-old's fifth appearance and second top 10, joining a career-tying-best 3rd on debut in 2011 (CordeValle GC). After opening in 69-69-66, he began T3 on 12-under, two back of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Tyler Duncan. Playing out of the final threesome, the Alabama product landed nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.547 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.809 approaching-the-green. He mustered a single birdie-4 at hole 5, outbalanced by three bogeys at 2, 6 and 18. The Floridian recorded 1.889 putts per GIR and 1.287 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 10:28:00 PM

World No. 105 Bud Cauley painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 on Moving Day at the Safeway Open to post 12-under 204, up 13 spots on the live leaderboard to T2, good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead and tying the low round of the day thus far with Kevin Na. UPDATE: With play completed, Cauley is T3, two shy of 54-hole leader Tyler Duncan, while Ted Potter, Jr. had the low round with 65.

This is the 27-year-old's fifth appearance with a best of solo 3rd on debut in 2011 (CordeValle GC), which is still tied for a career best. He finished 65th in the FedExCup standings last season with seven top 25s and five top 10s in 28 starts, including a tied-career-best T3 at the CareerBuilder in La Quinta, CA. After opening with a 1-over 37 on Thursday, the Floridian is now blemish-free for his last 46 holes, carding laps of 69-69-66. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.333 strokes tee-to-green. The Alabama product circled six on holes 5, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16, three from between 11 and 29 feet. He recorded 1.600 putts per GIR and 2.430 SG: Putting, taking 27 total putts, and will play out of the final threesome in R4.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 07:54:00 PM

Bud Cauley scavenged together a 2-under-par 34-35=69 during round one of the 99th PGA Championship, positioning himself inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

Cauley wasn't setting any records with his long game today, he split just half of the potential 14 fairways and landed 10 greens in regulation. Luckily, he gained 2.588 strokes around-the-green and 2.774 strokes putting at the time he signed his card. It was a short-game clinic that included two putts converted from outside 23 feet and a 35'9" hole-out birdie, as well. Cauley will need to pick up his ball-striking if he wants to keep his name in the mix for three more days. Playing in just his fifth career major, this goes in the books as his first under-par round in a major championship.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Bud Cauley takes his talents to Quail Hollow Club for a showdown at the 99th PGA Championship.

Cauley is set to make his 118th PGA TOUR start, and fourth a Quail Hollow Club. He posted a T38 in his 2013 Wells Fargo Championship debut and found the exact same result the following year (MC in 2016). Cauley's recent results are more promising, posting top 15s in four of his last nine starts, including a T12 in his latest (John Deere Classic). The 27-year-old is still relatively unproven in major championships, just 2-for-4 with a T32 as his best (2013 Open Championship). Cauley's only PGA Championship appearance was a missed cut in the 2012 edition.
Mon, Aug 7, 2017 08:34:00 PM

World No. 104 Bud Cauley crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to reach 13-under 271, up 27 places to T8 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Cauley finished T12.

After opening in 72-67, the 27-year-old played the weekend in twin 66s. He began the finale T35 on 8-under, three short of the overnight top 10. The Alabama product landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.439 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.562 approaching-the-green. He circled three birdie-3s at Nos. 4, 9 and 11, two from between 13 and 24 feet, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 10 from 62 yards away. The Floridian posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.980 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. This is his second top 25 in five visits and possibly and second top 10 after T8 last year. It's Cauley's seventh top 25 of the season in 23 starts and a potential sixth top 10, first since T5 at the Byron Nelson six starts ago.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 03:20:00 PM