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Rory Sabbatini

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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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. Sep 15 - 3:12 PM

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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.
Aug 4 - 1:12 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.
Jun 22 - 8:01 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.
May 5 - 12:34 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.
Apr 13 - 8:06 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).
Feb 24 - 9:08 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.
Jan 26 - 9:07 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

Rory Sabbatini takes his talents to Lake Forest, Illinois, for this week's BMW Championship.

The South African is a risky play week-to-week, but won't have to worry about missing the cut at this no-cut event. With 12 top 25s already on his 2014-15 resume, the upside is clearly there. His downside all year has been the flat stick where he currently ranks 110th in strokes gained:putting. Gamers should use Sabbatini as a nice high-risk sleeper this week and hope the putter get hot.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini submitted a 2-under-par 35-34=69 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

When any touring professional splits 12 (of 14) fairways and totals 15 greens in regulation, you'd expect a rather pedestrian day of scoring. Well, the South African connected for four birdies, but the set needed rolls of 17'11", 29'4" and 46'8" at Nos. 2, 12 and 15, respectively, but he also missed thrice from inside eight feet. Two of the whiffs led to three-putts bogeys at the par-5 seventh and par-4 17th holes. He also salvaged pars with an eight-yard hole-out from the rough at the par-3 third and conventionally from 11'10" at the par-3 eighth. When he signed his card, he held a share of the very early clubhouse lead, so Sabbatini won the battle.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini descends upon Norton, Massachusetts, for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the second leg of the Playoffs 60th in the FedExCup standings.

Sabbatini enjoyed the first time he played TPC Boston finishing T6 in 2007. He hasn't come close to repeating that success since, missing four of six cuts and cashing T53/2013 and T68/2011. In 20 career rounds at the par-71 layout, his scoring average is 70.70. Last year was the first time he didn't qualify for the tournament after being eliminated from the postseason the week prior at The Barclays. The 39-year-old is a pedestrian 13-for-23 on the season, but 11 of his cashes have gone for top 25s, including a T24 last week at The Barclays where he closed in 67-69.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 12:25:00 AM

The PGA of America added four golfers to the field of 156 at next week's PGA Championship using the special money list that expired at last week's Quicken Loans National.

The top 70 in earnings among PGA TOUR members from the 2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and Barracuda Championship through the QLN gained automatic entry into this season's final major, but the same list is used to fill the field if necessary. It also sets the alternates. As a result, Pat Perez (71st), Brendan Steele (72nd), Rory Sabbatini (74th) and Charles Howell III (76th) will get tee times at Whistling Straits. The final two berths into the field are reserved for the winners of this week's WGC-Bridgestone and Barracuda, but if one or both are already exempt at the PGA, Martin Laird (77th on the special money list) and Sean O'Hair (79th) will gain entry as first and second alternates, respectively. Carl Pettersson (80th) is currently third alternate.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 02:46:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini smoothed a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to conclude his eighth appearance in the tournament at 11-under 277.

At the time he signed his card, Sabbatini ranked No. 1 in the tournament in strokes gained: tee-to-green and third in greens in regulation. However, he ended the week at -2.304 in strokes gained: putting, 69th in that category. The 39-year-old began the day at 6-under (T38) and nine shots adrift. On his round, he split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 16 GIR, but converted just four for birdie (Nos. 5, 6, 15 and 16). He did add an eagle at the par-5 second as well (from two feet, two inches). His lone bogey came at the par-3 fourth. With play still in progress, Sabbatini currently sits T10 on the live leaderboard, up 28 spots on the day.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015 02:54:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini descends upon Glen Abbey Golf Club for this week's playing of the RBC Canadian Open.

Sabbatini has six PGA TOUR wins in 425 career starts, including his maiden title in 2000 at the Air Canada Championship. His last win came in 2011 at The Honda Classic. The 39-year-old has played the Canadian Open sporadically, cashing five times in seven starts with four top 25s. Two have gone for top 10s, including T6/2000 and T5/2005. He didn't compete in the tournament in 2006-11, returning in 2012 to MC and T12 in 2013 at Glen Abbey. Sabbatini has cashed 11 times in 20 starts in 2014-15 with nine of those going for top 25s, the last was a T24 at the Memorial. Four of his nine top 25s doubled as top 10s, with season-best T6-finishes at the Sony Open and THE PLAYERS, good for 69th in the FedExCup standings
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:42:00 AM