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Rory Sabbatini

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

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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. May 5 - 6:16 PM

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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.
Apr 26 - 3:46 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.
Jan 29 - 4:59 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.
Jan 13 - 6:19 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.
Jan 12 - 9:51 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

Rory Sabbatini kicked off his week at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-31=65 to throw his name into contention early in the week.

The South African splashed all 18 greens in regulation today, despite hitting just eight (of 14) fairways. He took 32 swipes with the flat stick today at Hillcrest Country Club, so it wasn't a hot putter leading the discussion, it was solid ball-striking. Entering the week off a T6 at last week's DAP Championship and a T19 overseas at the D+D Real Czech Masters, the 40-year-old is rounding back into form at the perfect time, as he attempts to earn back PGA TOUR status following an 8-for-20 season that left him 191st in the FedExCup standings.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini smoothed a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Travelers Championship.

The South African has missed the cut in three of his four starts since returning from neck surgery and posted a T76 in the other (Barracuda). Today was a good sign that he may be rounding back into form as he circled three birdies and avoided bogeys entirely, going 4-for-4 scrambling to maintain the clean card. His birdie rolls all came from long distance, splashing in putts of 21'1", 18'4", and 43'4". Gamers should keep a close eye on Sabbatini as the week progresses but this is a great start in what could be a return to form for the South African.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 01:12:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini makes his first start in two months as he preps for this week's Quicken Loans National.

Sidelined with a neck injury that forced him to back out of his commitment at the Wells Fargo Championship, the South African may have a bit of rust to shake. He quietly had neck surgery on May 7th, so this return seems a bit early. His track record at Congressional Country Club doesn't leap off the page, either. In 2013 he called it quits after opening 8-over through 12 holes, finishing T61 and 75th in his other two appearances at the QL National. On the bright side, he did finish T30 at the 2011 U.S. Open. We may see a return to form as the summer progresses now that the neck surgery is out of the way, but I don't think this is the proper venue for that form to return.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 08:01:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship prior to his round one tee time. Replacing him in the field is Martin Piller. UPDATE: Sabbatini has elected to have neck surgery with no timetable for return at the moment.

The South African had a trio of top 10s on his Quail Hollow resume, but also a six-pack of missed cuts. There was no reason or injury cited for this late, pre-tournament withdraw. Martin Piller jumps into his tee time slot today, and he will be making his Wells Fargo Championship tournament debut. Piller is 151st in the FedExCup standings, so any and all starts are crucial to the Tour graduate. UPDATE: Michael Collins of ESPN reported on Twitter that Sabbatini had neck surgery last Saturday (May 7th), stating it was an Artificial cervical disc replacement of C6-7 disc.
Thu, May 5, 2016 12:34:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini contests his eighth RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The 40-year-old is 5-for-7 at Harbour Town posting five top-20 finishes and missed cuts in 2001 (debut) and last year by one after rounds of 72-71. Historically, he's a streaky player but he's not streaking at all in 2015-16 with seven missed cuts on 12 starts -- six in his last eight events -- and only one top 25 (T25, Shriners). Sabbatini has made the FedExCup Playoffs every year since their inception in 2007 but he's in danger of ending that run, checking-in at No. 156 in FEC points.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 08:06:00 PM

Past champ Rory Sabbatini has yet to deposit a paycheck in calendar-year 2016 and looks to end that streak at The Honda Classic where he's making his ninth appearance.

The 2011 champ runs hot and cold and right now he's running ice cold having missed four straight cuts since the calendar flipped to 2016. His winning score in 2011 was 9-under 271 (71-64-66-70) and came in his fourth overall appearance, but first since the tourney moved to PGA National in 2007. It's also the last (of six) wins on TOUR in 438 career starts. The 39-year-old results since: T62/2012; CUT/2013; T33/2014 and a back-door T11/2015 (68-75-69-66).
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 09:08:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini returns to the Farmers Insurance Open for his 14th look at Torrey Pines.

The South African arrives with an 8-for-13 record at this event, playing it just twice since 2010, however. His recent Farmers results have yielded a T23 in 2014 and T44 in 2011, nothing to write home about. Not to help matters, Sabbatini enters on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts since the calendar flipped to 2016. Gamers should know by now that Sabbatini is a high-risk, high-reward option, and the emphasis is on risk this week.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 09:07:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini's 18th consecutive season on TOUR has begun with a missed cut on four starts and a best of T25 at the Shriners, closing in 5-under 66.

Sabbatini is a six-time TOUR winner in 434 career events, with the last coming at the 2011 Honda Classic. In his last 129 starts, he has two podium finishes, the latest a T3 at the 2014 OHL Classic. The 39-year-old is a steady competitor, making all nine editions of the FedExCup Playoffs, but he's only advanced to the TOUR Championship once, finishing a career-best fourth in the 2007 inaugural postseason. Interesting note, the South African has never lost his card since joining the TOUR in 1999.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini spun a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to wrap his 13th appearance at 9-under 275, currently T15 on the live leaderboard.

Sabbatini had success in Vegas in the early 2000s with three consecutive top-10 finishes between 2001-03, highlighted by a T2 in 2001 when the tourney was named the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas and played on three courses for five rounds. Since the switch exclusively to TPC Summerlin in 2008, he's missed five cuts and added a WD following the third round in 2012. The 39-year-old began his final frame at 4-under T46 after opening in 66-72-71. On his round, he landed just six (of 14) fairways but hit 15 greens in regulation, circling seven on the card to match his output from round one. At the time he signed his card, he's totaled 20 birdies on the week, T5 in the field, but he also squared 11 bogeys, two today, T56 in that category at last check. Five of his conversions today were from inside of five feet, but he did open with a 22-footer at the par-4 first and a 12-footer at the par-4 second. With play still in progress, he's up 31 spots on the day.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:32:00 PM