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Hudson Swafford

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200

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Hudson Swafford will be making his third appearance in a major championship when he pegs it at this week's Masters Tournament.
The Georgia Bulldog is playing his fourth season on the PGA TOUR, but his major championship resume is rather slim, with just a pair of missed cuts to his name (2010 U.S. Open as an amateur and 2014 U.S. Open). Since then, Swafford has broken out of his shell, winning at the CareerBuilder Challenge earlier this season. The strength of his game has come on the tee box, as he currently ranks 9th on TOUR in strokes gained off-the-tee. Despite never playing the event, this Georgia resident should feel very comfortable on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club this week. Gamers should consider Swafford a very lively sleeper for deeper fantasy formats. Apr 5 - 2:43 PM
Source: Masters.com

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With preferred lies in effect, World No. 81 Hudson Swafford painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open to wrap on 12-under 276, up two spots to solo 6th, eight adrift of champion Russell Henley.

The 29-year-old graduated from the University of Georgia the same year as Henley (2011) and will join him at the Masters this week from his breakthrough win at the CareerBuilder back in January. This is his second top 10 since the win and second straight, arriving off T10 at Bay Hill. After opening in twin 67s, the Florida native was T2, dropping to T8 after a third-round 75, 10 back of overnight leader Sung Kang. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, circling five birdies for 1.667 putts per GIR, 3.183 SG: Putting, and 28 putts total. Swafford's conversions included three from between 11 and 15 feet, adding a 34-footer for birdie-3 at the third. This was his fourth SHO and second cash after T43 on debut in 2014.
Apr 2 - 6:16 PM

World No. 81 Hudson Swafford labored to a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in today's third round of the Shell Houston Open and fell six spots to T8 on 7-under 209, 10 adrift of 54-hole leader Sung Kang.

After opening in twin 67s, the 29-year-old played out of the final threesome with Kang and fellow Georgia Bulldog Russell Henley, who shot 71 and 69, respectively. He squared six bogeys versus three birdies on eight (of 14) fairways and just 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.083 strokes tee-to-green and 0.473 on the greens. The Tallahassee, Florida, native was even-par thru seven holes, exchanging bogeys at Nos. 1 and 4 with back-to-back birdies at 5 and 6 from between 31 and 38 feet, but then dropped three straight on holes 8-10. He mustered one final birdie at the par-5 15th (14'3"), but gave it back with bogey-5 at 17. Swafford suffered two penalty strokes, 3-putted the par-5 fourth (from 4'2"), and whiffed a 31-incher for par at the ninth.
Apr 1 - 7:58 PM

Hudson Swafford hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at the Shell Houston Open to post 10-under 134 after 36 holes, a rise of three spots on the live leaderboard to solo third but six behind leader Sung Kang.

The 29-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation after finding 9 (of 14) fairways on his tour of the Golf Club of Houston today and gained 3.34 strokes putting. As you might expect from a man ranked 10th and 13th in the PGA TOUR's two Par 5 categories, Swafford birdied all four of the long holes and is 7-for-8 on the week. He had to hole from 16'11" at 8 and 18'2" at 15 to complete the set while his other par breakers came at 6 and 10. The only blemish on his card came via a three-putt bogey at No. 11. The Georgia Bulldog had suffered a dip (MC-MC-MC-38) after his breakthrough win at January's CareerBuilder Challenge but posted T10 at Bay Hill on his last start and is continuing that good form here.
Mar 31 - 2:18 PM

Hudson Swafford set a new personal best at the Golf Club of Houston in round one of the Shell Houston Open, firing a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to place himself inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

The Georgia Bulldog was striping it today, gaining 0.953 strokes approaching-the-green, even with a rinsed approach shot at the par-5 fourth hole. Swafford's flat stick joined the party, as well, but mostly to save the day. He splashed home par-saving putts from 15'3" and 9'2" at the par-4 18th and par-4 first hole, respectively. The 29-year-old arrived fresh off a T10 in his latest start (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and he's continuing that good play so far in Humble, Texas.
Mar 30 - 7:33 PM

World No. 93 Hudson Swafford submitted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 after the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a four-day total of 6-under 282, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to T10.

This was the 29-year-old's fourth API, third cash, and slighty ahead of T11 in 2015 (75-66-68-68). After kicking off in 73-72-69, he began on 2-under (T24), nine adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman and four short of the overnight top 10. The Tallahassee native found 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.571 putts per GIR and 1.966 SG: Putting. He squared bogeys and Nos. 3, 14 and 18 (failed scrambles), outpaced by seven birdies at 2, 4, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16, four from between seven and 15 feet. For the week, Swafford carded one eagle and 13 birdies versus nine bogeys en route to his third top 25 of the season (11 events) and possibly a second top 10, joining his maiden title five starts ago at the CareerBuilder.
Mar 19 - 4:33 PM

World No. 92 Hudson Swafford pieced together a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of the Valspar Championship to reach 5-under 137, up four places on the live leaderboard to T8, five back of 36-hole leader Adam Hadwin.

The 29-year-old opened with a five-birdie two-bogey 68 and chased with five birdies against three bogeys, ending on a down note with walk-off 5 at the 18th, missing a par-saver from 4'3". He went out in blemish-free 3-under, circling holes 1, 5 and 7, the latter two from 19'1" and 31'2", respectively, and came home in 1-over, exchanging birdie-4s and 11 (from 14'10") and 14 with bogey-5s at 10 and 12, and the aforementioned 5 at 18. The Tallahassee native found seven (of 13) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.713 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 1.335 around-the-green.
Mar 10 - 5:22 PM

Hudson Swafford looks to get back on the scoreboard as he readies for this week's Valspar Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog finally crossed the finish line at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January. Since that big win, he's posted three straight missed cuts. It hasn't been a complete disaster, though, as he opened the Farmers with a 2-under 70 (T32) and opened The Honda Classic with a 1-under 69 (T42). His game is not too far off from winning form, but fantasy golf is a game of "wait have you done for me lately." With the majority losing interest after a mini-slump, savvy gamers may want to jump back on the Swafford train this week in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 8 - 2:02 PM

World No. 204 Hudson Swafford, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, styled a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, good for a 1-shot win over 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin and his first PGA TOUR title in his 93rd career start (92 pro).

This was the Florida native's fourth visit with a previous-best T25 on debut in 2014. It was his sixth start of the season and first top 10, arriving off T13 at the Sony where he was T3 thru 54 holes but closed in 1-over 71. After opening in twin 65s, the 29-year-old led by one thru 36 holes, his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead. After a third-round 71 (Stadium Course), he once again began the finale in a three-way T3, two shy of Hadwin. Playing out of the final threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 4.815 strokes tee-to-green. The Georgia Bulldog alum, whose previous best on TOUR was T8 (x2), bogeyed the first, 3-putting from 41'7", but played his final 17 holes in blemish-free 6-under. Two times he circled three straight birdies, at Nos. 7-9, and again at 15-17, including a tap-in at the par-3 17th after stiffing his approach to 17 inches.
Jan 22 - 6:16 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, overnight leader Hudson Swafford backed up with a 1-under-par 33-38=71 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 15-under 201, down two spots to T3 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Swafford is in a four-way T3, two back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, and will play out of the final threesome in R4.

After opening in twin 65s, the World No. 204 began the third frame with a 1-shot lead over first-round leader and TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli. It was his first 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 93rd career start (92 pro) and second lead after ANY round (co-led 2015 OHL/R1; finished T51). The Georgia Bulldog alum sandwiched bogey-6 at the fifth (second shot into the water) with a 26-footer for birdie at the par-4 third and then three straight birdies at 6-8, each from inside of 10 feet. He circled the par-5 11th (from 7'1") but then doubled the par-5 16th, taking five shots to get down from a greenside bunker. Swafford squared bogey-4 at 17 (failed scramble) to complete his scoring and finished with just 12 greens in regulation and lost 1.798 strokes around-the-green.
Jan 21 - 4:53 PM

Hudson Swafford torched the Nicklaus Tournament Course with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, staking his claim as early 36-hole clubhouse leader on 14-under 130.

Swafford entered the week with 18 cuts made in a row. The streak appears to be safe, even though the cut won't come until the end of the third round this week. Swafford traded eight birdies with one bogey in his opening round at La Quinta Country Club and today he splashed home seven more birdies while maintaining a clean card throughout. His main weapon has been the aerial attack, finding 16 greens in regulation today (31/36, 1st in the field on the week). The 29-year-old has three career top 10s, but all of them came from off the pace. If Swafford can maintain his lead by day's end, it will be his first 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. The only other co-lead (any round) on the PGA TOUR came during R1 of the OHL Classic in 2014, in which he finished T51 by the end of the week. On Saturday he'll go to battle with the toughest track on the three-course rota, the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.
Jan 20 - 4:20 PM

Hudson Swafford maintained his recent trend of starting fast on Thursday, firing a 7-under-par 31-34=65 at La Quinta Country Club to open his week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The Georgia Bulldog raced out to a career-low, 8-under 62 at last week's Sony Open before fading to T13 by Sunday. It was the 10th time he's found himself inside the top 10 after day one (third time this season) but he's failed to turn any of those fast starts into top 10s come Sunday night. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm as Swafford currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the early clubhouse lead here in La Quinta, California and will surely end up inside the top 10 by day's end. He circled eight birdies on the day and his lone bogey came at the par-3 12th where he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Swafford entered the week with 18 straight cuts made which is fourth on TOUR behind only Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, and Jason Day.
Jan 19 - 5:50 PM

World No. 222 Hudson Swafford rallied for a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 14-under 196, trailing 54-hole leader Justin Thomas by eight shots.

The 29-year-old began R3 in a three-way T3 and that's where he ultimately landed. Playing out of the final threesome, he erased birdies at holes 3 and 9 with double bogey-6 at the fifth, but came to the house in blemish-free 4-under, including three birdies in his final four holes. The Lakeland, Florida, native managed just seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, but registered 1.692 putts per GIR and 1.862 SG: Putting.
Jan 15 - 12:21 AM

On the heels of a career round, Hudson Swafford settled for a 2-under-par 35-33=68 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, staking his very early claim of the clubhouse lead on 10-under 130 as the morning wave starts to finish up. UPDATE: With play completed, Swafford is in a three-way T3, seven adrift of 36-hole leader Justin Thomas.

The Georgia Bulldog fired a career-low 62 in round one, but he couldn't quite find that scoring touch today. The problem today came on the tee box, as he found just five (of 14) fairways. Swafford recovered nicely to still manage 16 greens in regulation but that put a lot of stress of his flat stick. The putter did no cooperate as he missed seven chances from inside 13 feet, losing 1.74 strokes putting at the time he signed his card. Despite the middling round, Swafford is still in great shape on the leaderboard entering the weekend. He's been positioned inside the top 10 through 36 holes on nine past occasions but failed to secure a top 10 by week's end in all of those events. A strong finish this week could go along way toward gaining some confidence as he inches closer to his maiden victory.
Jan 13 - 4:55 PM

Hudson Swafford torched Waialae Country Club en route to an 8-under-par 29-33=62 during the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, finding himself three strokes off the torrid pace set by Justin Thomas.

The Georgia Bulldog picked the wrong day to post a career-best score, as he will have to play second fiddle in the headlines to Justin Thomas' remarkable round of 59. Swafford was no slouch, himself, opening on the back nine with three birdies and one bogey before blitzing his inward nine with birdies in six of his last eight holes coming into the clubhouse. His iron play was nothing to write home about today, but his short game was sparkling clean. He splashed home three putts from outside 11 feet and holed out twice from just off the green (both from 18-to-19 feet). Swafford's previous career low was a 63 in round 2 of the 2016 Barbasol Championship. Quick starts have not been kind to Swafford on the PGA TOUR. He's found himself inside the top 10 through R1 on 10 occasions and didn't finish top 10 in any of those events by week's end.
Jan 12 - 9:38 PM