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Peter Malnati

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 159

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Peter Malnati will make his way across Interstate 40 to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week.
Malnati, who calls Knoxville, Tenn. home, will look to continue his cuts made streak at TPC Southwind. He has fired out of the chute in his past two events, shooting 69 or better in each of his past four rounds on Thursday and Friday. Can he put together a full four rounds and contend? His lack of accuracy off of the tee suggests he is likely in for a long week, as Driving Accuracy Percentage is very important in Memphis. Malnati checks in 170th on TOUR at 56.19 percent, hitting just 431 of a possible 767 fairways so far. That type of erratic play off the tee will simply not do at TPC Southwind. The good news is that Malnati is a respectable 54th in Par 4 Scoring (4.02), an area he'll need to do well if he hopes to play into the weekend. Jun 6 - 10:48 PM

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Overnight leader and World No. 673 Peter Malnati back-pedaled with a 4-over-par 37-38=75 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship, cratering 15 spots to T16 on 3-under 210, a distant seven in arrears of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

This was the 30-year-old's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 98 events and it didn't go well. After kicking off in 67-68, he began with a one-shot lead over two players, including Day. Playing out of the final twosome (with Aaron Wise), the Missouri alum conjured two birdies at holes 1 and 15, the former from 1 inch after nearly holing out from 169 yards, outbalanced by two bogey-4s at 4 (3-putt from 38'11") and 13, and two doubles at 7 (tee ball OB) and 12 (3-putt from 24'9"). He mustered two (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 3.557 strokes off-the-tee and 1.371 approaching-the-green. The Indiana native posted 1.889 putts per GIR and -0.552 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
May 5 - 8:05 PM

Peter Malnati showed no signs of slowing down in round two of the Wells Fargo Championship, twirling a 3-under-par 33-35=68 to reach 7-under 135 at the midpoint, good for sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Entering the week ranked 15th on TOUR in strokes gained putting, Malnati is living up to his reputation as an elite putter. Today it was quantity over quality as he splashed home five putts from the 8-to-13 foot range but nothing longer. The University of Missouri product ranks first in the field after 36 holes with +5.570 strokes gained putting. Even though Malnati has a PGA TOUR win on his resume, he's never had to sleep on a lead or co-lead at any point in his career. During his 2015 Sanderson Farms win he was T8 at the midpoint and T3 after 54 holes. Also going against him, Malnati hasn't posted a top 10 since the 2016 Tournament of Champions (T6).
May 4 - 6:02 PM

Peter Malnati raced out to a 4-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the Wells Fargo Championship, good for sole possession of the early clubhouse lead with play still in action. UPDATE: With play concluded for the day, Malnati sits two back as John Peterson rallied late in the day to post a 6-under 65.

Arriving with no course success to speak of, Malnati flipped the script today. In three previous trips to Quail Hollow Club, he was 0-for-3 with nothing better than an even-par 72 (now a par 71 layout). Today, he opened with six ho-hum pars before trading six birdies with two bogeys over the final 12 holes. Noted for his elite putting, Malnati knocked in three putts from outside 11 feet to gain 2.345 strokes putting at the time he signed his card. It wasn't all putting, though, as he did convert four of his birdies from inside six feet. Malnati has only led once after any round on the PGA TOUR (R4 of his 2015 Sanderson Farms victory). This would go in the books as a first career first-round lead if the number holds.
May 3 - 12:44 PM

Peter Malnati tossed together a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of the RBC Heritage, placing him in a share of 10th place on the live leaderboard.

Malnati is known for his elite short game and that's exactly how he scored today. He knocked in a trio of putts from outside 14 feet and also gained 1.956 strokes around-the-green to help maintain a clean card. This will be the first time inside the top 10 thru R1 for Malnati since this year's Sony Open. He ballooned to a 5-over 75 in R2 that week to miss the cut. The 30-year-old will look to keep his foot on the gas tomorrow to avoid that same fate. He is still searching for his first top 25 of the season.
Apr 12 - 5:48 PM

Peter Malnati styled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Not known for his ball-striking skills, Malnati bucked that reputation today by gaining 1.157 strokes approaching-the-green. The Missouri Tiger product still used his silky putting stroke to do most of the damage (+2.060 SGP). Malnati didn't manage to roll in any bombs but he made everything he was supposed to, converting five putts from the 6-to-11 foot range. Malnati rewarded DFSers with five birdies today as well as a bogey-free round bonus. Playing his 12 round at Waialae Country Club, this is his five round of 67 or better, so it clearly fits his eye.
Jan 11 - 5:45 PM

Peter Malnati coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, tossing his name into contention early in the week.

Malnati made this round look easy, splitting nine (of 14) fairways en route to 16 greens. Usually his strongest skill, the putter wasn't sparkling today as he missed three birdie chances from the 8-to-12 foot range, converting just once from outside nine feet. Instead he used his irons to score, including a 159-yard tee shot at the par-3 14th that he stuck to five inches for a tap-in birdie. The University of Missouri product is making his third appearance at this event, still searching for his first top 50 (T56, MC).
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 03:46:00 PM

Past champion Peter Malnati channeled his course history en route to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round one of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

A winner of this event just two years ago, Malnati has plenty of good vibes around the Country Club of Jackson. Known to be one of the best putters on TOUR, that amplifies even louder when he heads back to bermudagrass putting surfaces. Today was no exception as he drained four putts from outside nine feet, including a 28'7" birdie bomb at the par-4 17th. That was good for 2.678 strokes gained putting at the time he walked into the scorer's tent. The Tennessee resident always lean heavily on his flat stick, but a venue like CC of Jackson allows him to reach the greens at a reasonable rate. That will continue to make Malnati a hot commodity here in Mississippi.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Peter Malnati put his foot on the gas in round one of the RBC Canadian Open, blitzing Glen Abbey Golf Club with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66, just one shy of the early pacesetters at the top.

Malnati is known for one of the smoother putting strokes on TOUR. That reputation held true today as he gained 2.848 strokes putting on the day. It wasn't a matter of draining putts from all over the ballpark, instead his longest putt was just 16'10", which was also his only conversion from outside 10 feet. However, he needed just 21 swipes to make his way around Glen Abbey GC. On top of the stellar putting he also saved par from 23'8" (from the rough) to maintain a clean card. Malnati entered the week ranked 168th in the FedExCup race, so a good week would go a long way for his hopes to crack the FEC Playoffs.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 08:44:00 PM

Peter Malnati is off to the races at the FedEx St. Jude Classic following a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in round one, throwing his name into the mix early on.

The Tennessee resident is enjoying a return to his home state, trading five bogeys with just one blemish today, a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 10th. That big number was actually what got his day started so he played bogey-free 5-under golf after the opening disaster. It was all about keeping it in play today as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways today. Making his third start at this event, Malnati already owns a T19 and MC on his St. Jude Classic resume.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 01:42:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 427 Peter Malnati pieced together a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 5-under 135, up one place to T6 with play still in progress.

The Missouri alum raced out to a 4-under start, circling a hat-trick on holes 11-13 and birdie-4 at 16. He battled the rest of the way, squaring bogey-5s at 18, 3 and 4 versus a final birdie at the par-5 seventh. The 29-year-old, who's going to play the weekend for the first time at TPC Four Seasons, conjured five (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 0.242 SG: Tee-to-Green. He took 28 total whacks with the flat stick en route to 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.352 SG: Putting.
Fri, May 19, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Peter Malnati breezed through TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas with a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in round one of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Malnati went off in the afternoon and had to battle with gusty conditions throughout the round. His ball-striking reflects the tough conditions (8 FWs, 11 GIR) but he made up for that with his putting. The University of Missouri product sank five putts from outisde eight feet, including a pair of birdie splashes from the 21-to-24 foot range. Malnati left the course with +3.246 strokes gained putting next to his name. Playing his fifth round at TPC Four Seasons, this is his new personal best, beating the 1-under 69 he fired in R2 last year. On the flip side, three of his five rounds have been recorded at 73 or worse.
Thu, May 18, 2017 07:19:00 PM

Peter Malnati ranks 147th in the FedExCup race ahead of his appointment at this week's Honda Classic.

The University of Missouri product is 6-for-11 to open the season but just two of those have landed inside the top 50. Now he'll head into the Honda Classic to face the Champion Course at PGA National. In his debut last year he posted rounds of 3-over 73 and 7-over 77 to finish +10 on the week, good for a share of 121st place. The lone bright spot that week was his play around-the-green, gaining 0.80 strokes per round, in the sub-category. Perhaps he'll feel more comfortable his second time around, but gamers don't need to take that risk.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 02:06:00 PM

Peter Malnati secured his first and still only PGA TOUR title at last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, returning this week for a chance to defend his crown.

Malnati did not lap the field in his victory, but he applied persistent pressure with the flat stick to cross the finish line with a one stroke lead over William McGirt and David Toms. The Missouri Tiger splashed home at least 110 feet of putts in all four rounds, totaling 495'7" of putts made on the week. That included five putts rolled in from outside 25 feet, the longest from 52'10", good enough to gain 11.77 strokes putting on the week. It's extremely rare for a golfer to win a PGA TOUR event gaining just 0.26 strokes tee-to-green, so Malnati will need to pick up the slack this week, unless he wants to rely on another career week, putting wise.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Peter Malnati coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par effort in the opening round of the Safeway Open, pacing him five strokes off the leader Scott Piercy.

The 29-year-old striped nine (of 14) fairways on a tight setup where the field averaged just seven fairways hit. From there he only hit 13 greens but rolled in his fair share of putts to keep the ball rolling. The first big splash was a 24'11" birdie bomb at the par-4 third but the longest was a 29'3" dagger at the par-5 18th to walk off in style. Malnati missed 21 cuts last year but still finished 104th in the FedExCup standings, thanks to his November victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship. If he keeps up the good play this week, he may start earning the reputation of being a great fall golfer.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 08:45:00 PM