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Dawie van der Walt |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/11/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 260
College: Lamar University

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PGA TOUR rookie Dawie van der Walt twirled a career-best 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the OHL Classic to post 9-under 204, up 45 spots on the day.
Granted, it's just his 21st career round on TOUR, but van der Walt takes honors for biggest mover of the day. His eight-birdie against one-bogey romp of El Camaleón GC bumps him all the way to T18 after being one of 16 players to make the cut on the number at 2-under 140. The 32-year-old, making his tournament debut, landed 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, recording 1.500 putts per GIR en route to the second-best loop of the day (Freddie Jacobson, 63). His previous best on TOUR was 4-under 67 in R1 of last week's Sanderson Farms Championship. Nov 14 - 5:05 PM

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The opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba resumed and finished this morning.

Twenty-one golfers returned to El Camaleón Golf Club at 7:15 a.m. ET to complete their openers. Dawie van der Walt was one of them. He polished off a 5-under-par 35-31=66 that included an eagle-3 and five birdies against one bogey. He went in the books one stroke adrift of a foursome of co-leaders. The second round is well underway.
Nov 13 - 8:46 AM

Dawie van der Walt logged a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship and sits three shots in arrears of the clubhouse lead.

The 33-year-old native of South Africa is a rookie on the PGA TOUR. The SFC is just his sixth career start and today's walk around the Country Club of Jackson was his 15th career round. So, it comes as no surprise that it's a career-low aggregate. He missed only three (of 14) fairways and three greens in regulation in scattering six birdies, three on each nine. His longest stretched 16 feet at the par-4 15th. Despite being a little late to the party, the wisdom that comes with age isn't lost on van der Walt. En route to finishing third on the 2015 Tour money list, he won twice and ranked third in GIR and sixth in the all-around ranking. Proficiency throughout the bag tends to thrive on every level and it's mattered early in Mississippi.
Nov 5 - 2:20 PM

Dawie van der Walt begins his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR with his Open debut.

Since turning pro in 2007, van der Walt has played on the Sunshine, European and Tours. In 2013, he won two co-sanctioned events (Sunshine, European) claiming the Tshwane Open and the second (and last edition) of the Nelson Mandela Championship. The South African recently completed his fifth season on the Tour, claiming his first two titles in his 71st and 83rd career starts, respectively. He went on to post a pair of top-seven finishes in the four-event Tour Finals and at 32 years of age, enters his rookie season on the PGA TOUR a lofty third in the priority rankings.
Oct 14 - 12:28 PM

Dawie van der Walt could only muster an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the Price Cutter Charity Championship, but it was good enough for a two-stroke win over Smylie Kaufman at 23-under 265.

This was the second win of the 2015 Tour season for van der Walt, and it vaulted him third on the money list. His final lap around Highlands Springs Country Club consisted of 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys, with both birdies coming on par 5s. He finished the week ranked inside the top 10 in both GIR and putting average. Already secured of a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card, he is now playing for priority in the initial Tour reshuffle.
Aug 16 - 8:08 PM

Dawie van der Walt stretched his lead in the Price Cutter Charity Championship to four strokes at the 54-hole mark with a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round.

The winner of this year's Chile Classic is 23-under 193 for his work at Highlands Springs Country Club. Saturday's third stanza featured eight birdies to just one bogey. The Tour sometimes earns various nicknames stressing the importance of wedges and putting, and van der Walt has proven those elements of the game to be important this week. He is tied for fifth in GIR and first in putting average. Already assured of his PGA TOUR card for 2015-16, he will try and move inside the top five on the money list with a win in Sunday's finale.
Aug 15 - 6:56 PM

Dawie van der Walt reached the midpoint of the Price Cutter Charity Championship in bogey-free, 16-under-par 63-65=128 and owns a one-stroke lead over Wes Roach.

The South African started the day a shot off the pace of overnight leader Chase Wright, and then torched Highlands Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri, for an eagle-2 (at the par-4 second hole) and five birdies. Overall, he's missed only four greens in regulation and connected for the one eagle and 14 birdies. Wright faded with a 2-under 70 to sit 12-under 132 at the break. Last week's champ, Martin Piller, is three strokes in arrears of van der Walt. Earnings leader Patton Kizzire is lurking six swings back at T13.
Aug 14 - 8:01 PM

Dawie van der Walt spun a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the Air Capital Classic to share the lead with Andy Winings through 36 holes at 9-under 131.

van der Walt circled three birdies to go with 15 pars on his lap around Crestview CC in Wichita, Kansas. While he split 14 GIR on the round, his putter let him down to the tune of a 1.929 average. The key to his week thus far has been avoiding squares on the scorecard. He has just one bogey for the week. Already 13th on the Tour money list, a win this week would lock up his 2015-16 PGA TOUR card.
Jun 27 - 10:41 AM

With a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-31=62 in his opening round of the Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship, Dawie van der Walt owns a two-stroke overnight lead.

van der Walt went 3-for-3 in scrambling and circled an eagle-3 (at the sixth hole) and seven birdies en route to matching the course record. He lost in a playoff last year, so Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio, clearly suits his game. Former PGA TOUR member Peter Malnati, who sits second on the money list, is among the trio that shot 64.
Jun 11 - 8:55 PM

Dawie van der Walt fell just short at last year's Rust-Oleum Championship but returns this week for another crack at Lakewood Country Club.

The South African has already won on the Tour this season, and arrives in Cleveland ranked 12th on the money list. Last year he lost out to Steven Alker in what was the longest playoff in Tour history, taking 11 holes to declare a winner. Out for revenge, van der Walt makes for an interesting follow this week.
Jun 10 - 8:15 PM

Dawie van der Walt spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Chile Classic to pick up the first Tour win of his career at 21-under 263.

van der Walt circled seven birdies to just one bogey on his final navigation of Club de Golf Mapocho. Five of the birdies and the lone bogey came on the front nine, with the final two birdies falling on the back. When he circled a birdie on the par-5 18th, he secured a two-stroke margin of victory over Erik Barnes. With this victory, van der Walt moves to fifth on the Tour money list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card, so he is sitting pretty.
Mar 22 - 5:04 PM

Dawie van der Walt spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Chile Classic and is one of three men to share the 36-hole lead at 12-under 130.

van der Walt is joined by Brett Drewitt and Wes Roach. The South African circled six birdies to one bogey after beginning his day on the back nine at Club de Golf Mapocho. This his his first Tour start of the 2015 season.
Mar 20 - 8:04 PM

After 14 pars and a bogey, 2013 winner Dawie Van Der Walt caught fire at the finish to put down a 3-under-par 36-31=67 on the first day of the Tshwane Open.

The giant South African began the turnaround with a birdie at six, added another at eight and then cashed in on Pretoria CC's short par-5 ninth by posting an eagle-3. With that 4-under burst he rocketed from outside the top 70 to inside the top 10. At the time of posting he was four behind clubhouse leader Morten Ørum Madsen. Van Der Walt won this title two years ago on a different course and had been struggling ahead of this week's tournament after enduring missed cuts at the Joburg and Africa Opens.
Mar 12 - 7:26 AM

Dawie Van Der Walt was the winner of the inaugural Tshwane Open in 2013 and is back to contest this year's trophy.

Van Der Walt claimed victory with 21-under two years ago, the first of two co-sanctioned events he landed in the space of nine months. That suggests the giant South African is always worth keeping a close eye on at home although it hasn't been the case in recent weeks following back-to-back missed cuts at the Joburg and Africa Opens. Van Der Walt won his Tshwane Open at Copperhead whereas this year's edition is played at Pretoria CC. He does have some decent form over this week's par 70 though, cashing on all three starts and finishing T12 on his last start there in 2010.
Mar 11 - 4:55 AM

After going 3-for-3 on the Gulf Swing, Dawie van der Walt turns his attention to the Joburg Open.

The giant South African was solid in the three Middle East events, finishing T20 in Abu Dhabi, T46 in Qatar and T29 in Dubai. After a break, he returned home to take T24 in Sunday's Dimension Data Pro-Am. Less reliable is van der Walt's form in this event. He's missed three cuts (all in odd-numbered years) out of seven but can play well at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington. He was third in 2012 and also cracked the top 10 when T9 in 2008.
Feb 24 - 4:38 AM