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Rory Sabbatini

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 4/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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World No. 377 Rory Sabbatini has begun the 2017-18 season with one made cut in four starts, a T77 (tied last) at the OHL Classic.
A T4 at the regular-season-ending Wyndham Championship back in August vaulted the South African from 148th in the FedExCup standings to 122nd, securing a return to full-exempt status. He chased that with a MC at THE NORTHERN TRUST, exiting the Playoffs at 124th in FEC points. The above-mentioned T4 for the University of Arizona product was his only top 10 last season in 23 starts but logged six top 25s, enough to prevent back-to-back trips to the Tour Finals. It was also his first top 10 since T10 at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational 51 starts prior. The 41-year-old is a six-time TOUR winner in 477 career events, most recently at the 2011 Honda Classic where he was the 54-hole leader by five and won by one. Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:10:00 PM

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World No. 454 Rory Sabbatini authored a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship to wrap on 17-under 263, up seven places on the live leaderboard to T4 and tying Ryan Armour for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Sabbatini finished season-best T4, five shy of champion Henrik Stenson.

This was the Tour grad's 22nd start of the season, sixth top 25 and first top 10. It's his first top-10 finish since T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in 2015, 51 starts ago. The 41-year-old was making his fourth visit to the Wyndham, first since T8 in 2013, which was his only other cash. After kicking off in 65-68-66, he began T11 on 11-under, five adrift of 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson. The South African mustered seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.971 strokes around-the-green and 2.399 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 11, offset by five birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 8, 10 and 16, three from between 15 and 23 feet, adding eagle-3 at 5 from 42 inches and a 57-footer from the fringe at the par-3 16th. Sabbatini, who's projected to jump 26 places to 122nd in the FEC standings, posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 2.302 SG: Putting.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 05:31:00 PM

World No. 454 Rory Sabbatini orchestrated a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to post 11-under 199, up 10 places to T9 with play still in progress.

This is the 41-year-old's fourth Wyndham, first since a T8 in 2013 (67-66-72-65), which was his only cash. After opening in 65-68, he began T19 on 7-under, two shy of the overnight top 10. The University of Arizona product hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 2.784 SG: Approach-the-Green and 2.830 SG: Tee-to-Green. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 6 (tee ball in the water) and 14, outpaced by six circles at 1, 2, 5, 12, 13 and 15, two of those 2-putt versions and all from inside of 10 feet. The South African posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.519 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 04:25:00 PM

World No. 500 Rory Sabbatini tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach 13-under 203, up seven places on the live leaderboard to T7, two back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Robert Garrigus.

The 41-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.,481 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.335 approaching-the-green. He squared holes 4 and 6 (failed scrambles), camouflaged by five birdies at 3, 10, 13, 14 (from 18'3") and 18, opening his scoring with eagle-3 at 2 from 42 inches. The South African, who entered the week 158th in the FedExCup standings, posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.308 SG: Putting.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 04:43:00 PM

World No. 500 Rory Sabbatini styled a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the second round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach 8-under 136, up 62 places on the live leaderboard to T8 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Sabbatini is T14 while Gary Woodland (63) had the low round.

This is the 41-year-old's 10th RBC with five prior top 25s and two top 10s, including a best of T5 in 2006 (Hamilton G&CC). He opened with a five-birdie three-bogey 70 on seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. In Round 2, the University of Arizona product improved to eight fairways and 16 greens in regulation, posting 2.515 SG: Tee-to-Green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 17, offset by five birdies and a pitch-in eagle-3 at 13 from 47 feet away. Sabbatini posted 1.563 putts per GIR and 2.228 SG: Putting, highlighted by a 31-footer for birdie-3 at 14.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 01:07:00 PM

World No. 487 Rory Sabbatini styled a career-tying-low 9-under-par 30-32=62 on Moving Day at the Barbasol Championship to reach 11-under 202, up 56 places on the live leaderboard to T12 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Sabbatini is T14 while 54-hole leader Scott Stallings had the low round with 60.

This is the 41-year-old's 469th career start on TOUR and 1,465th career round, matching the 62 he's shot two other times, most recently at the 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitation/R3. He opened his second Barbasol (MC/2016) in 66-74, one of 16 players to make the cut on the number. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, he squared a lone bogey-4 at eight, smothered by eight birdies and an eagle-3 at 13 from 15'6". The University of Arizona product eight circles came at Nos. 1-3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 14, four from between 10 and 16 feet, posting a tidy 1.438 putts per GIR and 3.096 SG: Putting.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini raced out to a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the Barbasol Championship, claiming a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

The South African had some short-game troubles today, a three-putt at the par-3 12th leading to a bogey and then a botched chip followed by a miss from inside 3 feet, leading to a double bogey at the 17th. Those two hiccups were easily offset by an eight-pack of birdies. That included a walkoff birdie from 40 feet at the par-4 18th. Currently just 152nd in the FedExCup race, Sabbatini appears to be finding form just in time. Last week at the John Deere Classic, he opened with a 6-under 65 to sit T3 after R1.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 07:22:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini blitzed the back nine of TPC Deere Run en route to a 6-under-par 35-30=65 during the opening round of the John Deere Classic, staking a very early clubhouse lead with plenty of play still in progress.

Sabbatini ripped off a T14 at last week's Greenbrier Classic, breaking out of a seven-event slump that featured six missed cuts and one mid-tournament WD. He carried over that momentum into today's round, circling nine birdies to offset a bogey and a double bogey. Sabbatini landed just 13 greens in regulation, choosing quality over quantity as he still walked off the course gaining 2.248 strokes approach-to-the-green. The South African setup 10 birdie looks from inside 19 feet today, and failed to convert just one (a 6'11" attempt at the 14th. Gamers should be cautiously optimistic about Sabbatini's improved play over the last four rounds (all round of 67 or better).
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini sets his eyes on The Old White TPC ahead of this week's Greenbrier Classic, held in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The South African arrives with seven straight missed cuts on his CV (six if you exclude the Zurich Classic team event). He's posted just one round in the 60s during those six MCs, signing rounds of 74 or worse on nine occasions. While the form is way off the map, Sabbatini does have a good course result he can try to break into. Back in 2013, he rattled off a T9 at The Old White TPC. However, he's missed the cut in his three other visits. Gamers looking to play it safe should avoid Sabbatini until he shows any sign of form.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 01:26:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini played 27 holes at 9-over-par before calling it quits at this week's Wells Fargo Championship, citing an elbow injury. UPDATE: Sabbatini returned at the AT&T Byron Nelson and posted 75-75=150 (+10) to miss the cut.

The South African had a rough day on the greens in round one. He swallowed a rough four-putt and also three-putted twice. Sabbatini returned to Eagle Point Golf Club today and swallowed another three putt, in addition to a pair of traditional bogeys. At the turn, he decided to withdraw instead of weathering the storm. There is no word on the severity of this elbow injury.
Fri, May 5, 2017 06:16:00 PM

World No. 467 Rory Sabbatini plays his ninth Zurich Classic of New Orleans and is teamed with World No. 115 Bryson DeChambeau, who's getting his first look at TPC Louisiana. UPDATE: With rounds of 74 (alternate shot) and 66 (best ball), Sabbatini and DeChambeau missed the cut by three shots.

The South African is playing his 19th season on TOUR but this is his first as a Tour grad after finishing a career-worst 191st in the FedExCup standings. He's 7-for-10 on the season with one top 25, a T14 at the Farmers, and arrives off a missed cut (by six) at the Texas Open and 158th in FEC points. DeChambeau, a first-time member though not a rookie, has missed back-to-back cuts, preceded by T44 at the SHO and a career-best T2 in Puerto Rico, and is 115th in FEC points. Sabbatini won the 2003 WGC-World Cup (w/ countryman Trevor Immelman) and went 0-3-1 in his only appearance in the Presidents Cup in 2007. DeChambeau was on the losing side at the 2015 Walker Cup (individually 2-0-1), and helped the USA successfully defend at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship. The duo is currently a 100/1 outright.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 03:46:00 PM

World No. 490 Rory Sabbatini twirled a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open to conclude his 15th appearance on 7-under 281, up 27 places to T15 and tying the low round in the clubhouse with Keegan Bradley. UPDATE: Champion Jon Rahm posted the low round with 65 and Sabbatini finished T14.

The 40-year-old, playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, began the final frame on 2-under (T42). After opening laps of 70-72-70 and circling just nine birdies thru 54 holes, he carded eight birdies on Sunday, watered down slightly by three bogeys. The first-time Tour grad found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.500 putts per GIR and 1.102 SG: Putting. This is his sixth start of the season and while he's made five cuts, it's his first finish inside the top 45.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, sponsor invite Rory Sabbatini fell back with a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, down six places to T9 on 8-under 132.

The 40-year-old is playing this season on a Minor Medical (neck surgery, May' 16), and inclusive of this week, has three starts remaining to earn 299.501 FedExCup points or $542,203 to retain full exempt status. He's in a bit of an odd situation, as the surgery limited his starts on the PGA TOUR, but he returned to play the Tour Finals and finished 21st in money (excluding The 25), so he's currently out of the WCT reshuffle, where he sits 32nd. The University of Arizona product circles three birdies against two bogeys in R2 on nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting a -1.553 in SG: Putting.
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 06:19:00 PM

Two-time runner-up Rory Sabbatini concocted a 7-under-par 30-33=63 to open his 19th playing of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The South African came out firing today, punching in four birdies and an eagle before making the turn. His flat stick was a big part of the equation, dropping in three putts from outside 16'4" on the day. The longest was a 35'10" birdie bomb at the par-4 eighth hole. His eagle was all tee-to-green, though, as he stuck his 174-yard approach to five feet for a relatively easy eagle. Sabbatini is no stranger to success here at Waialae CC, finishing runner-up twice (2006, 2008). The South African hasn't posted a top 25 since his T25 at the Shriners in October of 2015, so a big week could go along way in terms of regaining some confidence for 2017.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 09:51:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini has a pair of top 5s already on his tournament resume as he heads back to this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Sabbatini finished T5 in his 2011 OHL debut, posting all four rounds in the 60s. He returned to miss the cut the following year before finding a T3 in the 2014 edition, proving he can play the course regardless the time of year. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, Sabbatini took to the Tour Finals and earned his card back. He's now playing out of the 39th slot in the Tour graduate reshuffle. The first priority or goal is likely to finish inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings this year, to avoid having to head back to the WCT Finals again. With a couple of top-heavy finishes already to his name at El Camaleón Golf Club, this could be a good week to bank some much-needed FEC points.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 08:14:00 AM