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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 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. Nov 18 - 2:20 PM

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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.
Oct 13 - 9:15 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.
Sep 5 - 12:39 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.
Aug 30 - 6:04 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.
Aug 12 - 9:20 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).
Aug 4 - 5:24 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.
Jul 23 - 4:09 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.
Jul 15 - 3:03 PM

Hudson Swafford finished in a share off 11th place during his 2014 debut at Congressional Country Club and returns for another shot this week at the Quicken Loans National.

During his 2014 debut at Congressional CC, Swafford opened with rounds of 69-68 to find himself one off the pace through 36 holes. He settled for a 2-over 73 in round three, but entered the final round still just three strokes off the lead. It wasn't meant to be as he posted a 3-over 74 in the finale and finished in good company with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Fast forward two years, and the Georgia Bulldog enters the Quicken Loans on the heels of five straight paydays. He's heating up just in time to give Congressional another try. It might be the perfect mix of rising form and past memories at a venue, which means that breakthrough so many gamers have been waiting for could finally be in the cards this week.
Jun 21 - 7:59 AM

Hudson Swafford scorched TPC Southwind with a 4-under-par 35-31=66 during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, reaching halftime at 4-under 136.

The Georgia Bulldog could have left his putter at home, and not felt too much impact today. He holed just two putts from outside 4'7" and lost 3.219 strokes to the field putting. His tee-to-green play more than made up for it, though. He landed 14 greens in regulation and also holed out from 36'1" for birdie at the par-4 17th. He followed that up with a 162-yard approach shot on the par-4 18th that landed to just 23 inches, allowing him a tap-in birdie to close out the round. Avoiding the big number is always the name of the game with Swafford and so far he's recorded nothing worse than bogey (six of them).
Jun 10 - 7:28 PM

Hudson Swafford stumbled to a 1-under-par 33-38=71 during round two of the Memorial, but remains in the mix at 7-under 137 through 36 holes.

Swafford caught fire the yesterday, tying the front nine record of 7-under 29. He's played his remaining 27 holes at even par. Today he actually split four more fairways and just one fewer green in regulation, but gained 3.431 strokes less with the putter, round-over-round. Through 36 holes he ranks fifth in the field in strokes gained off-the-tee and 13th in strokes gained approach-the-green. If he maintains that kind of ball-striking, he should be able to keep his name in the mix as the week progresses.
Jun 3 - 5:41 PM

Hudson Swafford torched the front nine at Muirfield Village Golf Club en route to a 6-under-par 29-37=66 to immediately vault into contention after one round at the Memorial.

The Georgia Bulldog had his approach game dialed in today, landing 15 greens in regulation. Most notable was a 257-yard approach shot on the par-5 seventh hole that he landed 5'5" from the cup to set up a relatively easy eagle. That eagle was sandwiched between four birdies, all apart of a five-hole train that started at the par-5 fifth hole. At the end of that train, Swafford found himself at 7-under 29, tying the front-nine scoring record at Muirfield Village. Someone poured water on the fire at that point, as he stumbled home with a two bogey, one birdie back nine. The plot with Swafford always involves the big number, so he must be very pleased to card nothing worse than a bogey(2) through 18 holes.
Jun 2 - 12:23 PM

Hudson Swafford steadied a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during Friday's round at the AT&T Byron Nelson, reaching the halfway mark at 8-under 132.

The Georgia Bulldog opened on the back nine and found water shortly after, swallowing a bogey at the par-4 11th hole. He bounced back with three birdies before making the turn, but also missed a 5'4" par-saving attempt at the par-3 17th. Swafford settled down from there, circling three birdies on his inward nine, avoiding anymore bogeys, thanks to a 9'8" par-saver at the par-3 second hole. Through 36 holes, Swafford has pelted 31 greens in regulation, placing him T3 in the field thus far. If he can maintain that pace over the weekend, Swafford will surely eclipse his career best at the Nelson (T66/2015).
May 20 - 7:57 PM

Hudson Swafford styled a 6-under-par 34-32=66 during the opening round of this week's PLAYERS.

The Georgia Bulldog opened his day with a bogey at the par-4 10th hole, following a missed 6'5" par-saving attempt. He didn't let it ruin his round as he bounced back immediately by rolling in a 7'3" birdie at the next. His putter started to heat up from there, most notable was a 55'8" birdie bomb on the par-3 13th hole. DFS gamers were rewarded next as he rattled off a three-hole birdie train, starting at the par-4 15th with a 19'11" splash. Swafford striped 13 (of fairways) and landed 17 greens in regulation but this round was largely produced with tremendous putting.
May 12 - 12:32 PM

Hudson Swafford sets his eyes on the Golf Club of Houston's Tournament Course for his third appearance at this week's Shell Houston Open.

The Georgia Bulldog finished T43 in his 2014 debut and returned with a missed cut last year. He was just two strokes from playing the weekend, so it wasn't a disastrous showing. Swafford's form on the season is steady but not spectacular. He's 9-for-13 with four top 25s, ranking 74th in the FedExCup race. His tee-to-green game is slacking as he's losing strokes to the field in that regard (-.054/110th). The winning upside is still there for Swafford, but there is nothing suggesting this would be that week.
Mar 30 - 5:21 PM