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Hudson Swafford

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

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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

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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

Hudson Swafford kept his foot on the gas in round two of The RSM Classic, styling a 5-under-par 33-34=67 on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, reaching the midpoint with a share of the early clubhouse lead on 11-under 131. UPDATE: With play completed, Swafford is in a four-way T3, three back of 18- and 36-hole leader Mackenzie Hughes.

The Georgia Bulldog traded seven birdies with one bogey on Thursday while taking on the host course (Seaside). His game transferred seamlessly to the Plantation Course today, circling six birdies and swallowing just one bogey, yet again. In both rounds he split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens on both days, as well. The Saint Simons Island resident who trains at Sea Island is making good use of his local knowledge. In three previous visits he's missed the cut twice in addition to a T12 during the 2015 edition. If Swafford can hold onto a piece of the clubhouse lead by day's end, it will be his first 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR, and first time sharing the lead after any round, since the Mayakoba in November of 2014. This also matches his career low after 36 holes, previously posting 131 at the midpoint of last season's Barbasol before fading to T47 by week's end.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Course Horse in the making Hudson Swafford twirled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-35=67 during round one of the Safeway Open to position himself inside the top 10 after Thursday.

The Georgia Bulldog owns a pair of top 20s in two trips to Silverado Resort and he maintained that strong play today in Napa. Swafford kept himself in position throughout the round, splitting nine (of 14) fairways and landing 15 greens in regulation. From there, he splashed home five putts from outside 10 feet, the longest coming from 20'9" for birdie at the par-4 12th. Despite his stellar track record at this venue, this matches his personal best in Napa (R3/2016; R4/2015). Swafford may have a tough battle with the weather tomorrow morning but if he survives that fight, he'll have a great shot to make a run at his coveted maiden victory.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 09:15:00 PM

Hudson Swafford styled a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round four of the Deutsche Bank Championship, to reach 8-under 276 on the week, jumping from 82nd to 62nd in the live FedExCup projections to earn him a seat at next week's BMW Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog took care of scoring early today, rattling off a three-hole birdie train starting at the par-5 second hole. It featured putts made from 3'1", 8'8", and 3'11" which goes to show how good the ball-striking was today. In fact, he walked off the course gaining 3.539 strokes approaching-the-green for the round and currently sits in first place for that category on the week (+5.979). Making his fourth career start in the FedExCup Playoffs, this will eclipse his previous best of T33 at last year's Deutsche Bank. Jumping inside the top 70 in the FedExCup standings means the soon-to-be 29-year-old will make his BMW Championship debut next week at Crooked Stick.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 12:39:00 PM

Hudson Swafford takes his talents to Norton, Massachusetts, for his second appearance at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog ranks 82nd in the FedExCup standings thanks to a 20-for-28 record. After five top 25s during his rookie season, he added one more last year, so seven would be the natural progression, if you believe in those kind of trends. The lone weakness in Swafford's game has been the short game where he currently ranks 195th in strokes gained around-the-green. The key to success this week will be hitting as many greens as possible to avoid any scrambling woes.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Round two of the John Deere Classic has been suspended due to darkness, play was called at 7:52 p.m. CT and golfers will return at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to finish up the second round. UPDATE: Round 2 restart on Saturday began as scheduled at 7:00 a.m. with 96 golfers needing to complete their respective rounds.

Thanks to a five-hour weather delay this morning, round two action will bleed over into Saturday. Only 57 golfers completed round two while the rest will return early tomorrow. Hudson Swafford was one of the 57 to finish, signing a 6-under-par 33-32=65 to rise 40 spots on the leaderboard. The highlight of his round came at the par-5 10th where he stuck his 280-yard approach shot to 14'7" and rolled it in for eagle. More importantly, he swallowed just one bogey (and nothing worse). Avoiding the big number is always key for the Georgia Bulldog, and something that will be required over the weekend if he wants to collect his maiden PGA TOUR win.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 09:20:00 PM

Hudson Swafford styled a 3-under-par 37-30=67 during the opening round of this week's Travelers Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog kicked off his scoring for the week with an 11'11" birdie roll at the par-4 fourth hole. From there he stalled out by missing a 4'4" birdie attempt, squaring a bogey at No. 7 and swallowing a double at the par-4 ninth. Swafford didn't let that ruin his round as he rattled off birdies in five of his last eight holes, including a four-pack that started at the par-5 13th and ended at the par-3 16th. His birdies were largely setup by great tee-to-green play, gaining 1.81 strokes off-the-tee and 2.03 strokes approaching-the-green. Swafford is making his third appearance at TPC River Highlands this week (T24 in 2014 debut and MC in 2015).
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Hudson Swafford orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open to post 5-under 211, up 29 spots to T7 with play still in progress.

The 28-year-old was solo second last week at the Barbasol thru 36 holes after rounds of 68 and a career-best 8-under 63. He played the weekend in 3-over (72-73) to crater to T47. The Florida native opened his third Canadian Open with twin 72s to sit T36 on even-par, and made a nice move up the board with six birdies and a walk-off eagle-3 from 41'6", overshadowing one bogey and a double bogey-5 at the 15th, 4-putting from 43'4". On top of the eagle bomb on the 18th, Swafford also converted from 23'1" at the 10th and from 29'9" at the 12th.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 04:09:00 PM

Hudson Swafford blitzed Grand National's Lake Course with an 8-under-par 30-33=63 during round two of the Barbasol Championship, placing him at 11-under 131, six off the torrid pace set by Jhonattan Vegas. UPDATE: Swafford's 63 is a new career PGA TOUR low in 246th career round, previously 64 at the 2014 Sony Open/R2.

The Georgia Bulldog turned on the scoring machine early, arriving at the turn with three birdies and an eagle already in his knapsack. The eagle was as stress-free as they come as blasted a 344-yard drive then landed his 199-yard approach shot to 5'7" and rolled it in. His lone blemish came at the par-4 11th hole where it took him five shots just to reach the green, leading to a double bogey in the end. While his ball-striking was solid today, it was the flat stick that did most of the work, gaining 5.407 strokes putting over the field thanks to a trio of putts converted from outside 15 feet. Swafford has been on many gamers' watch list in terms of golfers ready to breakout, and this just might be the week as he enters the week just six off the pace, currently in solo second on the live leaderboard.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 03:03:00 PM