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Ben Kohles

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 170

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Ben Kohles returns to the big stage as he preps for the 117th U.S. Open Championship this week in Erin, Wisconsin.
Kohles made a huge splash back in 2012 when he won his first two events played on the Tour. That earned him a TOUR card in 2013 and he fizzled, although not terribly, posting a 12-for-25 record to finish 148th in the FedExCup standings. He found just three starts in 2014 and hasn't played on the PGA TOUR since. Down on the circuit he is 5-for-11 this season including a T9 at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Still just 27-years-old, Kohles has cleary proven his pedigree in the past, and this week provides a good chance to jump back into the mix. That being said, this will be his debut in a major championship, so expectations should be kept to a reasonable level. Wed, Jun 14, 2017 09:07:00 AM

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Ben Kohles has been removed from the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

He's sticking with his commitment to the Tour's Midwest Classic. The problem is that Kohles is 168th on the circuit's money list with just four paydays in 14 starts, none for a top 40. He's 233rd in the FedExCup standings, so one could argue that his chances of cracking the top 200 in FedExCup points to qualify for the Tour Finals are better than the lottery on the secondary circuit.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Ben Kohles has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.

This is the same situation that he faced three weeks ago during the Travelers Championship. Kohles, who is buried in the conditional status category that has limited him to just three starts this season, will peg it at the Tour's Utah Championship instead this week. He's cashed only three times in 12 starts on the secondary circuit and ranks 174th in earnings, but his chances of getting to the Tour Finals are arguably better there.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Ben Kohles has been removed from the published field of this week's Travelers Championship.

He's cashed in only one of three starts this season, that at T56 at Pebble Beach. This is often what happens with a young non-winner buried in the conditional status category. So, Kohles will take his talents to this week's Air Capital Classic on the Tour where he's 159th in earnings.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Ben Kohles will compete in this week's Wells Fargo Championship on a sponsor exemption.

Kohles missed the cut in his only other trip to Quail Hollow last season, and is playing this season with only conditional status. This represents his third start of the season, tying for 56th at Pebble Beach and missing the cut in Puerto Rico in his other two. Clearly this exemption is a nod towards his local ties, as he attended college at the University of Virginia and grew up in Cary, North Carolina.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 08:44:00 PM

Ben Kohles missed the cut at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but hopes for better results this time around.

Kohles was a rookie in 2013, but retains only conditional status for 2013-14. This marks his first opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14, as fields this season have been deep and starts hard to come by for those with low status. It's hard to know exactly what to expect, but don't invest much time or resources in his direction this week.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 08:48:00 PM

Ben Kohles held on to conditional status for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR by finishing 148th in the FedExCup standings.

This time last year, gamers didn't really know what to do with Kohles. He burst onto the scene with wins in his first two professional starts, which happened to be on the 2012 Tour. In his fourth tournament, he tied for fifth before fading away. Those stand as his three best finishes as a professional. A T7 in Tampa Bay went down in the books as the best of his PGA TOUR rookie season. If you dissect his stats, he's short but accurate off the tee with an average putter and iron game by TOUR standards. His early success seems to be a case of blissful ignorance, but there are encouraging signs that he will build his way into a successful professional in the long term. Perhaps just not in 2013-14.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Ben Kohles claimed his first professional win in his first professional start at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in 2012 and is back to defend.

Kohles recently finished his rookie season on the PGA TOUR and failed to retain his card. After missing the cut in the first of four legs of the Tour playoffs, he rebounded to share 19th at the Chiquita Classic last week. He has two more tournaments to punch his ticket to the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, or it will be back to the Tour in 2014.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 09:14:00 PM

Ben Kohles put together a tidy 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the opening round of the Chiquita Classic to share the lead with Nick O'Hern, Edward Loar and Hudson Swafford.

Kohles opened with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, then added a third birdie on the 16th hole. He dropped his only shot of the day on the 17th hole in the form of a bogey, then bounced back with a birdie on the 18th. Turning his attention to River Run's front nine, he added birdies on the third and sixth holes.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 09:10:00 PM

Ben Kohles has one last chance to retain his PGA TOUR card, and it comes at this week's Wyndham Championship.

Kohles has managed to keep himself inside the top 150 in both the money list and the FedExCup standings, but all that means is that he is within legitimate striking distance to move inside the top 125 at Sedgefield Country Club this week. It doesn't seem like all that long ago that he won his first two professional starts on the Tour in 2012. Perhaps ignorance was bliss.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 08:50:00 PM

Ben Kohles opened the AT&T National with a 2-under-par 36-33=69, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

The rookie went out in the first threesome off the first tee at 6:30 a.m. ET today and promptly birdied the par-4 first hole. It measured 6'6", which set the tone for the round. He buried eight tries from 6-12 feet, two birdie and two for par. At the time he signed his card, he led the field with a strokes gained-putting clip north of 4.460. That will fall as more golfers play, but it's already a strong indication of how well he was rolling it. Overall, he hit 12 greens in regulation and overcame three bogeys with five birdies.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Ben Kohles has been added to the published field of this week's Memorial.

Kohles was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he gained entry via a sponsor exemption today. The rookie may feed off good vibes in Columbus this week. It was at last year's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Tour that he broke through for the first of two consecutive victories for what would lay the foundation for his current status on the PGA TOUR. He enters this week's stop ranked 115th in FedExCup points.
Mon, May 27, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Ben Kohles posted 3-under-par 34-33=67 in each of his first two rounds of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

The rookie has enjoyed a relatively tidy week in Fort Worth, hitting 28 greens in regulation and swallowing just two bogeys. He's circled four birdies in each round, two of which in each round from outside 11 feet. His longest conversion of the week measured 23 feet at the par-4 seventh hole in his second round. Kohles entered the week on an 0-for-4 slide. He was the last to post 6-under 134, four strokes off Matt Kuchar's 36-hole lead.
Sat, May 25, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Ben Kohles heads to Charlotte for his first crack at the Wells Fargo Championship.

He's cashed in seven of his 12 starts in his rookie campaign, but missed his last two. Kohles ranks 74th in ball-striking and 73th in strokes gained-putting, meaning he does a good job of spreading his skill set across the board. This is a bit of a home game for him, residing in Cary, North Carolina.
Wed, May 1, 2013 09:43:00 PM

Ben Kohles followed his opening 69 at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 35-35=70 to reach the midpoint in 5-under 139 and sit just one stroke back of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

The rookie showcased a few magic tricks on Thursday in going sub-70 despite hitting only seven greens in regulation. Today's effort qualified as an encore as he landed just nine GIR and erased three bogeys with five birdies. TPC San Antonio doesn't figure to reward inconsistency, but no one ever said that there was only one way to succeed on the PGA TOUR. Included in his set of birdies were conversions from 12'5" at the first hole and 15'5" at 8.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 03:05:00 PM