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Rory Sabbatini |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165
College: University of Arizona

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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. Oct 25 - 5:32 PM

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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.
Sep 16 - 8:44 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.
Sep 4 - 1:37 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.
Sep 3 - 12:25 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.
Aug 5 - 2:46 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.
Jul 26 - 2:54 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
Jul 21 - 11:42 AM

Rory Sabbatini makes his fourth career appearance at this week's PGA TOUR stop, The Greenbrier Classic.

Sabbatini is 1-for-3 on The Old White TPC with a T9 in the 2013 edition at the Greenbrier Resort. He missed the cut in 2012 and again in 2014 (by three strokes) on rounds of 72-71. For the season, the 39-year-old is 11-for-19 with nine top 25s, including four top 10s, most recently a T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Sabbatini hit a rut mid-season, missing seven cuts in a span of nine events. He's broke out of the funk recently though, posting top-30 finishes in four of his last five starts, highlighted by a T6 (tied season-best) at THE PLAYERS.
Jun 30 - 11:19 PM

Rory Sabbatini closed out his 16th Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 to post 9-under 271 and share 10th place.

Sabbatini began the day at 7-under in a four-way tie for sixth. The 2007 CPI champion, who hasn't recorded a top 10 at Colonial CC since, could only muster two par breakers on 15 chances, both coming in his first three holes. On the round, the Fort Worth resident found seven (of 14) fairways and required 31 putts. His longest holed putt was for par on No. 13 from 10'4" and capped off a 3-for-3 day in scrambling.
May 24 - 11:25 PM

Rory Sabbatini finished off his 16th PLAYERS with a bogey-free 3-under-par 35-34=69 and posted 9-under 279.

Sabbatini would open his final frame with a pedestrian five consecutive pars before finding the bottom of the cup from 6'11" for birdie on the par-4 sixth. He would add just two more par breakers the rest of the way but both were highlight-reel material. The first came on the par-4 10th, canning a 36'3" bomb for his second circle, and later would go even deeper, dramatically dropping his third birdie from 44'7" at the iconic 17th. Play is still in progress, but the 39-year-old looks to be a lock for a top-10 finish, which would be his first top 25 in this his 17th PLAYERS appearance.
May 10 - 5:40 PM

Rory Sabbatini has been added to the published field of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The South African surprisingly missed the cut last week at Harbour Town where he finished no worse than T17 in his previous five trips, so he chose not to take a week off and committed to the annual stop in the bayou as a late entry. Sabbatini tied for second here in 2009, but he also shared 17th place last year. He's pieced together a bit of all-or-nothing of late as his only payday in six starts entering the weeks is a T11 at PGA National. It's one of six top 25s among just seven cuts made in 2014-15.
Apr 20 - 11:32 AM

Rory Sabbatini is back for a seventh time at Hilton Head Island and enters the week ranked 69th in FedExCup points.

Sabbatini's 5-for-6 at Harbour Town GL (all top 17s or better) including back-to-back T9s in 2013 and 2014. On the season he has six top 25s in 12 events, including top 10s early on (T8, CIMB Classic and T6, Sony Open), but limps in with MCs in four of his last five. He's 21st on TOUR in scoring average despite ranking 142nd in strokes gained: putting.
Apr 14 - 5:41 PM

Rory Sabbatini completed 72 holes of The Honda Classic in 2-under-par 278 to join the clubhouse co-leaders.

The trio that includes Joost Luiten and George McNeill will be lucky to finish inside the top 10, but there has to be satisfaction of finishing this slogfest strong. Sabbatini closed with a 4-under 34-32=66 and in style, pouring in a biride from just inside 15 feet at the par-4 ninth hole. It was his fifth of the day and fourth ranging 14-17 feet. He won this event in 2011, but this week's effort is his first top 30 at PGA National since. It's also his sixth top 25 of 2014-15, two of which are top 10s (CIMB, Sony).
Mar 2 - 9:50 AM

Rory Sabbatini toured PGA National's Champion Course in 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's opening round of The Honda Classic.

The 2011 winner of the Honda hasn't fared better than T33 in his three previous return trips, and today's score could have been higher despite the fact that he totaled 15 greens in regulation. Sabbatini buried three birdies and squared a three-putt bogey at the par-4 eighth hole, but he also needed par saves to drop from 10'3", 32'8" and 12 feet at the 12th, 16th and fourth holes, respectively. He's just three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Feb 26 - 2:12 PM

Rory Sabbatini has been removed from the published field of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Sabbatini is a veteran of 13 editions of this tournament, but he stopped being a regular in 2009, having committed just twice since. The good news is that last week's T22 in Arizona was his fifth top 25 in seven starts this season. He's cashed in each of his last six and ranks 31st in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 2 - 12:45 PM