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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 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

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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

World No. 104 Bud Cauley contests his fifth John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run and arrives off a missed cut at the Quicken Loans and at 56th in the FedExCup standings.

The 27-year-old is 13-for-22 on the season with six top 25s and five top 10s. Four of those top 10s came in succession, ending the run with T5 at Zurich (teamed with Justin Thomas) and T5 at the Byron Nelson. The Alabama product has tailed off a bit since, cashing three times in five starts with a best of T25 four starts ago at the Memorial. His season best (and tied career best) is T3 at the CareerBuilder back in January. Cauley was the first-round leader at the RBC Heritage, eventually finishing T9, and a 36-hole co-leader at the VTO, fading to T10. He's 3-for-4 at the Deere with one finish in the top 50, a T8 last year (67-68-66-69).
Wed, Jul 12, 2017 01:35:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 21, 2017 08:27:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 20, 2017 07:03:00 PM