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Hudson Swafford

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200

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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

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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

Hudson Swafford scorched PGA National's Champion Course with a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the Honda Classic to reach 4-under 136 on the week.

The Georgia Bulldog striped it with the driver and irons today, landing 17 greens in regulation on his way to 5.246 strokes gained:tee-to-green. Most notable was the par-5 18th hole where he bombed his drive 336 yards before landing his 204-yard approach within 10 feet. From there, he rolled in a relatively simple 9'4" eagle to make the turn at 4-under 31. Swafford bogeyed the following hole, but added two more birdies coming in. The week-to-week issue for Swafford is avoiding the large numbers. So far, he's carded just four bogeys and one double bogey.
Feb 26 - 4:31 PM

Hudson Swafford makes his way back to PGA National's Champion Course for a third attempt at this week's Honda Classic.

The Georgia Bulldog signed for rounds of 67-71-68-77 in his 2014 debut to finish T61. He ballooned to 79-77 last year on the way to an early exit. Swafford arrives this week ranked 56th in the FedExCup standings thanks to a 6-for-10 start to the season. Swafford remains a high upside pick week-to-week but is still seeking consistency.
Feb 24 - 6:39 PM

Hudson Swafford carved out a 3-under-par 33-36=69 on the South Course at Torrey Pines for a three-day total of 6-under 210, up 18 places on the live leaderboard to T9.

The 28-year-old is playing the weekend at the Farmers for the first time in three tries (missed cuts in 2014 and 2015). After 70 (South Course) and 71 (North), he began day three on 3-under and T27. On his round, he landed eight (of 14) fairways and missed eight greens in regulation, including five of his last six, but went 7-for-8 in scrambling (5-for-6 in sand saves). He did find the par-5 18th in the required amount of swings, and banged home a 15'11" birdie, his fifth circle of the round. His one failed up-and-down came at the par-5 13th, preceded by a three-putt bogey on 12 from 61'6".
Jan 30 - 4:01 PM

Hudson Swafford rebounded for a 3-under-par 36-31=67 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 13-under 267, good for a four-way tie for ninth place.

Swafford has three career top 10s on TOUR in 63 professional starts, and two have come at the Sony (T8/2014). After opening in 66-69-65, he began day four on Oahu at 10-under (T13) and six adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Blair and Brandt Snedeker. The 28-year-old cracked the top 10, despite a birdie-less 1-over outward half, by crafting a bogey-free 4-under jaunt to the finish. For the week, he tallied 19 birdies, eight bogeys and one eagle. The Georgia Bulldog heads to the CareerBuilder Challenge in California with a bit of a tailwind after missing the cut in his previous start on his home course at The RSM Classic.
Jan 18 - 12:34 AM

Hudson Swafford still searches for his maiden victory ahead of the 2016 schedule.

The Georgia Bulldog has shown worlds of potential over his first 62 PGA TOUR starts, but consistency continues to hold him down. He can go low with the best of them, making his a great fantasy asset, but he can also give back those strokes with the best of them. Swafford should be on the top of breakout candidate lists and gamers should be keeping very closet tabs on this rising talent.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 08:51:00 AM

Hudson Swafford contests his third RSM Classic in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Swafford checks a lot of boxes for gamers this week. Saint Simons Island, Georgia, resident, check. Sea Island GC member, check. Finished T12 here last year, closing in 67-66-67, check. Ranks 10th on TOUR in strokes gained: putting after finishing 26th in SGP last season, check. The 28-year-old will garner a lot of interest, but there is some hesitation as he's failed to kick-on to begin 2015-16 posting T17-MC-T24 and T46 last week in México. He also only logged one top-10 finish last season on 30 starts, and that came in his first event (T8, Open).
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 05:25:00 PM

Hudson Swafford does battle in his third Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Swafford may make some shortlists this week in Nevada after a T17 last week at the, where he finished first in driving distance (322.8) and second in the field in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 9.427. The former may not be too important at this week's resort course, but the latter is definitely key, with the average winning score over the past four years at TPC Summerlin at 23-under, you have to make putts. The 28-year-old has played the Shriners the last two years posting a T30 and T18 with all eight rounds at 70 or better, including seven in the 60s.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 10:14:00 AM

Hudson Swafford swaggers into TPC Boston ahead of this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog entered last week's Barclays ranked 100th in the FedExCup standings. He rocketed out to a 4-under start through two days, before giving back five strokes over the weekend. In the end, his birdie on the 72nd hole was good enough to climb to 93rd in FEC points and make this week's field. Swafford remains a threat to breakthrough, but his inability to string together four consistent rounds continues to hold him back in the short term.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 09:47:00 PM