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Justin Leonard

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 6/15/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 170

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Justin Leonard heads back to a comfortable venue for this week's Wyndham Championship.
Leonard has always thrived in Greensboro, North Carolina, regardless of the venue. In his career he is 7-for-7 at this event with six of them going for top 20s. That includes a T14 last year. While his tournament history is promising, his season-long form is not. During the 2015-16 campaign he is 7-for-12 with just three top 50s. Leonard currently ranks 180th in the FedExCup standings. If there is any course that could provide a spark, this might be it, but Leonard is still a long shot to contend at Sedgefield Country Club. Aug 17 - 11:51 AM

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Justin Leonard steadied his way toward a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to open his week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The two-time St. Jude Classic champ found a greenside bunker on his opening hole, the par-4 10th hole, leading to a bogey. He responded nicely from there, closing with 17 bogey-free holes, circling four birdies along the way. That included a notable birdie at the par-4 second hole where he landed his 148-yard approach to just 23 inches for a tap-in. Another highlight was a 33'5" hole out with the ole' Texas wedge at the par-3 eighth hole. Leonard hasn't finished inside the top 35 since his last victory (2008) but he's off to a great start through day one.
Jun 9 - 2:40 PM

Past champ Justin Leonard is in San Antonio for his 19th appearance in the Valero Texas Open.

The Dallas native and resident is a three-time Texas Open champ, most recently in 2007 (playoff), but all were at a previous venue. Since the tourney moved to the TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks Course in 2010, he's 5-for-6 with four top-40 finishes but nothing better than T30, 2011. The 43-year-old is burning his second (and last) career money list exemption this season (Top 50) and ranks 145th in FedExCup points with no top 10s in seven events but has posted top 20s in two of his last three starts. Leonard missed the cut by one in last year's wind-swept edition on rounds of 77-74.
Apr 19 - 11:40 PM

Justin Leonard kept moving forward with a second-round 2-under-par 35-34=69 to reach the halfway mark of the Northern Trust Open at 6-under 136 and two shy of the current leader, Dustin Johnson.

The highlight of Leonard's day was a 96'11" hole out from the rough on the par-4 13th. It was his first scoring hole of the day as he kicked off his round at the 10th with three straight pars. He added a 23'6" bomb for birdie, this time with his putter. That's where the magic stopped. He traded two birdies with two bogeys coming in. Despite his lengthy birdie roll, he walked off the ninth green with just 0.230 strokes gained:putting. As mentioned yesterday, Leonard has no real track record of success at Riviera Country Club, so it will be surprising if he can keep this pace going for two more rounds.
Feb 19 - 3:21 PM

Justin Leonard connected with five birdies on his way to a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the Northern Trust Open.

The PGA TOUR veteran is making his 19th appearance at this week's event, with just one top 25 to his name at the NTO. He's looking to double that number after splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 11 greens in regulation today. Today's navigation included a few putts from way downtown as well, the longest being a 45'3" birdie drop on the par-3 14th hole. Leonard is off to a great start, but if history repeats itself, we may see a slide as the week progresses.
Feb 18 - 8:39 PM

Justin Leonard readies for his fifth start of the season as he turns his attention toward this week's Northern Trust Open.

The PGA TOUR veteran is no stranger to Riviera Country Club, as he makes his 19th NTO appearance this week. He's made the trip to Pacific Palisades, California, every year now since 2009, his eighth in a row now. On the whole, he owns just one top 25 in 18 tries. This is not a promising ratio for a who owns a 37 percent top-25 rate in his career. Considering his age and lack of course history here (even in his prime), it's safe for gamers to look elsewhere this week.
Feb 16 - 11:46 PM

Justin Leonard held on for a 4-under par 33-34=67 in the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a 54-hole tally of 13-under 200, three swings back of leader Derek Fathauer.

After opening in bogey-free 65 and 68, Leonard began the day at 9-under (T5) and three adrift. He joined the lead at 12-under following three consecutive birdies at Nos. 3-5 to turn 3-under. The 43-year-old added circles at 10, 12 and 13, and was one adrift of a streaking Jason Bohn (16-under) when play was stopped due to lightning. After the 84-minute break, he returned to drop consecutive shots at 14 and 15 to fall off the pace. Having previously burnt his Top 25 Career Money List exemption, Leonard is playing this season using his Top 50 exemption. Last season ended a career-worst 183rd in the FedExCup standings after making just eight cuts on 22 starts without a top 10. It was the first season the 12-time winner failed to record a top 10 since joining the TOUR in 1994.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 04:51:00 PM

First-round co-leader Justin Leonard followed his opening 65 at OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in today's second round to post 9-under 133 at the break.

The 43-year-old is just three shots off Graeme McDowell's 36-hole pace. It took Leonard over half of his round to dial in, though. He was 1-over through 10 before rallying for five birdies (against one bogey) on Nos. 2-7. Overall, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens. Don't rule out the potential for something special, either. While he's winless since 2008, Leonard linked four sub-70s en route to a T14 at the Wyndham Championship in late August.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:09:00 PM

Justin Leonard smoothed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to snare outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Leonard had his way with El Camaleón Golf Club today, lighting it up with 12 (of 14) fairways hit and going 4-for-4 in scrambling. He scattered six birdies. The score matches his personal low on the track. He hung up a 65 in the third round of the 2013 edition en route to a T6. Since he's burning the second of two career earnings exemptions this season, the 43-year-old's back is against the wall to perform if he remains driven to do just that. He has four kids ranging ages 5-12 and over $33.5 million in earnings on his résumé, so if he wanted to call it a career, no one would blame him. But stranger things have happened. He needn't look past what pal Davis Love III did at Sedgefield three months ago, winning at age 51. UPDATE: On cue, after his round, Leonard acknowledged that he'll be limiting his schedule to 12 starts in 2015-16.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Justin Leonard looks to rebound as he prepares for this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The PGA TOUR veteran is using a career money exemption this season after an abysmal 8-for-22 record in 2014-15. This week will be his third appearance at El Camaleón Golf Club, carding a T6 two years ago before returning last year to miss the cut. Age is not on his side at this point in the career, so gamers should hold off until Leonard proves he can string together a few good weeks.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 03:24:00 PM

Justin Leonard spun a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to post 11-under 199, two back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Jonas Blixt.

At one point on Saturday, Leonard had hit 20 consecutive fairways dating back to yesterday's round, including his first 11 today and 12 (of 14) total on his loop. Thru three rounds, he's found the short grass 35-of-42 times, an 83.33 percent clip, good for T1 in that stat at the time he signed his card. Leonard began the day at 6-under (T22) and five back. He circled four on the card in a bogey-free, outward half to turn 4-under, including three from six feet and in and a 13-footer at the par-4 first to open. The 43-year-old squared bogey at the par-5 15th after missing his first fairway of the day resulting in a penalty drop. He added a birdie bomb from 47'4" at the par-3 12th and ended in style with the walk-off 3 at the last from a mere 3'3". Leonard sits T8 on the live leaderboard, up 14 places on the day.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Justin Leonard enjoyed a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National.

He missed only two (of 14) fairways but totaled just 13 greens in regulation at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today. However, Leonard squared only one bogey, that a 4 at the ninth hole where he concluded his round. Play was suspended after he found the rough left of the green at the par 3. Prior to it, he converted on eight of his looks to break par, four disappearing from outside 12 feet. The longest ran 38-and-a-half feet at the par-4 sixth. At last check, Leonard led the field in strokes gained: putting at 5.190. This is his lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR since he opened the 2012 Shriners with the same. His signed today's card positioned one stroke back of the clubhouse lead.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Justin Leonard turns his attention to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club for this week's Quicken Loans National.

Leonard is one of the few in the field with course experience at RTJ Golf Club. He represented Team United States in 1996 as well as 2005. Having a leg up on course experience is nice, but his 6-for-20 record on the season speaks louder than any history can. Gamers can safely overlook Leonard this week.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 06:59:00 PM

Justin Leonard carded a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.

It's not quite a turn-back-the-clock day for the 43-year-old, but Leonard arrived having missed nine consecutive cuts since a T56 at the Northern Trust Open. He's 207th in the FedExCup standings. Today at The Old White TPC, he striped 13 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation en route to five birdies, three of which from 14'11" and longer. He squared only one bogey, that a 5 at the sixth hole, and would eventually sign his card sitting two strokes back of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 01:45:00 PM

Justin Leonard makes his annual pilgrimage to The Old White TPC for this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The Texas native has played in all five editions of this event up in West Virginia, with three paychecks to show for it. His best result was a T21 in his 2010 debut, but he hasn't found a way back inside the top 50. Leonard is leaking oil entering the week, with nine straight missed cuts. The veteran has earned double-digit cuts made every year since 1995, but he's running out of events in 2014-15 as he sits at 4-for-17.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 08:31:00 AM