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Rory Sabbatini

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 4/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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First-round leader and World No. 190 Rory Sabbatini patched together a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in the third round of the RBC Heritage, falling four spots to solo 8th on 9-under 204, four in arrears of 54-hole leader Ian Poulter.
The 42-year-old found eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.422 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.706 tee-to-green. He circled four birdies at holes 9, 12, 15 and 16 (from 28'9"), slightly outpacing three squares 3, 8 and 17, all failed scrambles. The Texas resident registered 1.714 putts per GIR and -1.579 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He missed six putts from inside of 10 feet on the day. Apr 14 - 5:47 PM

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Overnight leader Rory Sabbatini slowed his pace in round two of the RBC Heritage, settling for a 1-under-par 33-37=70 to fall one shot off the lead with a two-day tally of 8-under 134.

Sabbatini flirted with the course record (61) on Thursday and it looked like he was ready to grow that lead early in his round today. He opened with a trio of birdies on his outward nine but erased all his work with bogeys at 11, 12, and 17. Sabbatini did end on a high note, converting from 5'7" for a walk-off birdie at the 18th. After gaining 3.373 strokes putting in R1, he lost 1.723 strokes putting today. Sabbatini mentioned that he injured his back on Sunday and was questionable to even play this week. Perhaps he should play injured more often since this will be just the second time he's positioned himself inside the top 15 after R2 this season (T3, Honda Classic, finished T17).
Apr 13 - 5:17 PM

Rory Sabbatini soared out of the gate in round one of the RBC Heritage, twirling a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-31=64 to stake sole possession of the clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave takes to the course.

The South African was steady from tee-to-green today but it was his flat stick that did the final damage. Sabbatini striped 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 15 greens in regulation. After that, he converted on seven birdies. Most notable was a 51'10" birdie bomb at the par-3 14th. On top of that, he also rolled in a pair of birdie putts from just outside 12 feet. He walked off the course gaining 3.007 strokes with the putter. If this lead holds then it will be his 11th career first-round lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR, first since the 2014 John Deere Classic. Sabbatini hasn't converted any of those early leads into wins but three of them have led to podium finishes.
Apr 12 - 12:20 PM

World No. 269 Rory Sabbatini crafted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Valspar Championship to finish up on 7-under 277, up two spots to a season-best T5, three short of champion Paul Casey, who shot a day- and week-tying-low 65.

After opening with 70-71-67, the 41-year-old began T7 on 5-under, four back of leader Corey Conners. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he hit eight (of 13) fairways and conjured eight greens in regulation, losing 0.673 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.460 around-the-green. The University of Arizona product squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, outpaced by three birdies at 1, 5 and 11, each from inside of eight feet. He recorded 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.489 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. The South African is now 10-for-13 at the Valspar with two top 25s and one top 10. He improves to 8-for-11 on the season with three top 25s and one top 10, and logs his first top-5 finish since T4 at the 2017 Wyndham.
Mar 11 - 7:56 PM

World No. 269 Rory Sabbatini authored a 4-under-par 36-31=67 in the third round of the Valspar Championship to reach 5-under 208, up 10 places to T10 with play still in progress.

The 41-year-old striped 10 (of 13) fairways and pelted 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.025 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.475 tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 5 and 7, outflanked by six circles at 1, 4, 10 (from 42'7"), 11, 14 and 15. The Arizona product posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.260 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. Today was his 45th round at the Copperhead Course and tied his best shot two other times, both in 2011.
Mar 10 - 4:24 PM

Rory Sabbatini continued his run of good play with an opening round 1-under-par 38-32=70 at the Valspar Championship, good for a share of eighth place on the live leaderboard.

The South African was T12 after R1 of his most recent start, the Honda Classic, and he's off to another quick one. Sabbatini started his week on the 10th tee and carded a blemish-free 3-under 32 before making the turn. All three of those circles came from the 14-to-18 foot range including a 17'9" hole out at the 17th, proving the Snake Pit was no match for him today. From there, he eased off the gas, trading three bogeys with just one more birdie. Sabbatini gained nearly three strokes over the field today and 2.267 of those came via the putter. The 41-year-old is sneakily finding some form, entering with T31 or better in three of his last four starts. Gamers should take notice if they haven't already.
Mar 8 - 2:27 PM

Past champ and World No. 311 Rory Sabbatini concocted a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the third round of The Honda Classic, falling six places to T9 on 1-under 209, six in arrears of 54-hole leader Luke List.

The 2011 winner hit seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 0.389 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.363 around-the-green. All of his scoring took place on the front nine, outbalancing two birdies at holes 3 (from 26'6") and 4 with three bogeys at 5 (3-putt from 43'5"), 6 and 9. The 41-year-old registered a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR and -1.268 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Feb 24 - 5:53 PM

Past champ and World No. 311 Rory Sabbatini crafted a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of The Honda Classic to reach 2-under 138, up seven spots on the live leaderboard to T5, one adrift of early clubhouse leader Luke List. UPDATE: With play completed, Sabbatini is T3, one back of co-leaders List and Jamie Lovemark.

The Arizona product is making his 11th appearance with four prior top 25s among seven cashes and missed cuts in his last two tries (2016, 2017). He owns two top 10s, including a T9 in 2004 (CC at Mirasol) and a win in 2011 in his first visit to PGA National. The South African's victory in 2011 (as 54-hole leader) is his most recent of six PGA TOUR titles. He kicked off this week with a four-birdie three-bogey 69 and carded another 69 with three circles against two squares on nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. The 41-year-old registered 1.769 putts per GIR and 1.576 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Feb 23 - 1:13 PM

Rory Sabbatini coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Playing the North Course at Torrey Pines, Sabbatini striped 12 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 15 greens in regulation. It was a stress-free round on the greens thanks to that smooth striking. The South African failed to take advantage of the par 5s (three pars, one birdie) but he did circle birdies on a trio of par 4s. Sabbatini entered with a 9-for-15 record here at Torrey Pines, including two top 5s. He will now turn his attention toward the South Course for the remainder of the event.
Jan 25 - 6:32 PM

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 Web.com 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

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 Web.com 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