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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/24/1990
College: University of Virginia

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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. Feb 4 - 8:48 PM

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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

Ben Kohles posted a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open, finishing two strokes off the pace of the overnight co-leaders.

Kohles hit only seven greens in regulation at TPC San Antonio today, but limited the carnage to a lone bogey at the par-3 third hole. Included among his series of par saves were conversions from 17'3" at the 18th hole and 11'7" at 9. He also holed out for eagle from 13 yards at the par-5 14th and added a pair of birdies.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 08:55:00 PM

Ben Kohles opened the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 3-under-par 32-37=69, finishing four strokes adrift of the overnight lead.

This was a taut round of golf by the PGA TOUR rookie, who is coming off a career-best T7 at the Tampa Bay Championship. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation at Bay Hill today, giving back just one stroke as a result of sailing the fifth green with his approach; he failed to get up and down for par. He was tidy with his scoring, too. After holing an eagle putt from 17'1" at the 16th, he poured in birdies from 19'6" at 17 and 24'4" at 18. Kohles parred the other 14 holes.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 07:34:00 PM

Ben Kohles settled for an even-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship to finish the week with his first PGA TOUR top 10 at 5-under 279.

Kohles was the definition of steady in the final round, making his way around the Copperhead Course with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. His birdie fell from nine feet on the par-4 10th, then he gave back his stroke after his drive found the hazard on the par-4 16th. We will see the rookie next week at Bay Hill.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 05:46:00 PM

Ben Kohles fired a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Tampa Bay Championship and his 5-under 208 has him a shot outside the lead entering the finale.

Kohles made plenty of noise last year on the Tour, winning his first two events. Unfortunately he hasn't enjoyed the same success on the PGA TOUR in his rookie season yet. His four birdies to just two bogeys in his third lap around the Copperhead Course make it almost a certainty that he will finish inside the top 25 for the first time, but his sights are set much higher than that. He finished Saturday's round by playing The Snake Pit in 1-under, with birdies on 16 and 17 before suffering a bogey on 18.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Ben Kohles torched Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course for seven birdies en route to a 4-under 30-37=67 in his second round of the Tampa Bay Championship.

This was the kind of form that Kohles flashed when he began his professional career with consecutive victories on the Tour last summer. The 2013 PGA TOUR rookie poured in six birdies before the turn. Of the set, five dropped in from beyond 10 feet, the longest measuring 19'8" at the 10th hole, the first of three in a row to begin the round. He added one more at the par-3 eighth, getting his attempt to fall from 29'7". Kohles is currently 3-under 139 at the midpoint, four strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 05:08:00 PM