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Dawie van der Walt

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/11/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 260

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TOUR rookie Dawie van der Walt rallied for a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, up 31 spots on the live leaderboard to T14, and matching the low round in the clubhouse with Fabian Gomez. UPDATE: With play completed, van der Walt is in a seven-way logjam at T10, six back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler, who shot 68.
The 33-year-old is among 28 first-timers at Quail Hollow and one of 10 rookies. He's currently leading both contingents at 3-under 213. The South African was one off the 18-hole lead after circling seven against two on day 1 but erased all of his work with 5-over 77 on Fri. He began the third round with bogeys on holes 1 and 3, the latter a 3-putt from 37'1", but rebounded with back-to-back birdies on six and seven, capping the run with an 86'2" hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker at the drivable par-4 eighth. The transplanted Texan squared his last with a failed scramble at the ninth but played his home half in bogey-free 2-under, circling the par-5 15th from 27'9" and adding a 12-footer at the par-3 17th. He also dropped four par putts from between five and 14 feet en route to 3.375 strokes gained: putting at last glance. Sat, May 7, 2016 02:51:00 PM

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Dawie van der Walt dialed up a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, currently two shots off the co-leaders, Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe.

The South African opened his week by sticking his 123-yard approach shot to 10 inches for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 first. He added three more birdies and two bogeys before firing in his longest putt of the round at the par-4 11th. It came from 17'11", good for his fifth birdie of the round. He would add two more before round's end. He walked off the course gaining 2.148 (of 5.587 total) strokes with his putter. This was really a balanced attack from the big South African, and he's in great position to bust out of his current three-event missed cut slump.
Thu, May 5, 2016 07:35:00 PM

Dawie van der Walt gave himself a nice birthday present, carding a 6-under-par 32-34=66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links to kick off his week at the AT&T Pro-Am.

Making his tournament debut, the South African took no time getting acquainted with the venue, rattling in a 15'9" birdie putt on his first hole, the par-4 10th. It would go in the books as his longest of the day, but he did trickle in six additional putts from outside seven feet. Gaining a gaudy 4.62 strokes with the flat stick in round one. A regression on the greens is sure to come as he readies for a Friday tee time at Spyglass Hill Golf Club.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 06:44:00 PM

Dawie van der Walt kicked off his rookie campaign with a spark and shows a lot of promise for gamers in the future.

The South African opened up the season with a pair of missed cuts before turning it on and ending the fall with a T33-T17-T58. He arrives at the holiday break ranked 92nd in the FedExCup standings. This Tour graduate is doing his damage tee-to-green, a great sign for his long-term potential. Gamers should hop on the train in deeper season-long leagues and keep an eye out in weekly formats.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 08:46:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 05:05:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 08:46:00 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.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 02:20:00 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.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 12:28:00 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.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 08:08:00 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.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 06:56:00 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.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 08:01:00 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.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 10:41:00 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.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 08:55:00 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.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 08:15:00 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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 05:04:00 PM