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Bob Estes

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (51) / 2/2/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 180

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Bob Estes electrified Glen Abbey Golf Club during round one of the RBC Canadian Open, firing a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 to throw his name into contention early in the week.
Estes opened his day with early birdie looks from 10'4" and 5'5" but he missed on both. Perhaps they were too easy for him, as he proceeded to drain birdie bombs from 34'6" and 35'8" at the 5th and 6th holes, respectively. He would later add three shorter birdies but overall he was just 3-for-9 converting on scoring chances from inside 16 feet. Estes is no stranger to success around Glen Abbey, posting four top 15s at this week's course. More recently, he hasn't posted a top 25 on the PGA TOUR since the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (T10), way back in November of 2013. Estes is still playing on a Major Medical Extension, with 10 starts remaining to earn $479,415. Jul 27 - 12:21 PM

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World No. 1336 Bob Estes withdrew prior to Round 2 of the Travelers Championship. UPDATE: The WD was due to illness. UPDATE #2: Estes returned to action July 13th at the John Deere Classic and missed the cut at 4-over 71-75=146.

As of post time, no reason has been cited. The 51-year-old labored to a 4-over-par 37-37=74 in Round 1, erasing one birdie with five bogeys on eight (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation. Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, he now has 11 starts remaining (of an original 23) to earn 300.010 FedExCup points or $479,415 to retain status. This is the Texan's second mid-tourney WD in 655 career events, first since the 2009 BMW Championship.
Jun 23 - 7:12 AM

University of Texas alum Bob Estes coasted to a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during the second round of the Valero Texas Open, reaching 7-under 137 after 36 holes, just one stroke off the co-leaders Tony Finau and Bud Cauley.

The 51-year-old is turning back the clocks in his home state of Texas. He opened the week with a 4-under 68 and backed it up nicely today. The biggest weapon in his Friday arsenal was his flat stick, rolling home a 29'9" birdie bomb at the par-3 third and later adding a 57'4" MOAB at the par-3 13th. His lone blemish of the round (and week so far) came at the par-5 eighth where he found a greenside bunker on his approach and failed to earn a sandy token. Estes arrived with virtually zero form, 1-for-7 on the season, but he's certainly found something at TPC San Antonio. He has 16 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension with $536,500 left to earn.
Apr 21 - 8:15 PM

Bob Estes eased his way around TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course during round one of the Valero Texas Open, walking off with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 to throw his name into the early mix.

Starting on the 10th tee, Estes opened his week with a 12'3" par saver, building a bit of momentum with the flat stick. Two holes later he would drain a 17'2" birdie and then added a 21'4" birdie splash at the 16th, just before the turn. The 51-year-old cruised home from there with a grind-it-out inward nine. Entering the week with a 1-for-7 record this season, this round is a big bonus for any gamers and/or Estes fans in general. This breaks a string of nine straight rounds in the 70s.
Apr 20 - 3:13 PM

Bob Estes looks to find some form as he readies for this week's Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas.

Playing on a Major Medical, the veteran is 1-for-6 to open the season. Most recently, he popped over to the PGA TOUR Champions circuit to pick up a T23 at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. Perhaps seeing his name higher on the leaderboard will provide a spark this week as he returns to the major leagues. With 17 starts remaining on his medical extension, he still needs to earn $536,500 or 355.750 FedExCup Points to fulfill the terms. In his favor, Estes boasts a strong track record at the Golf Club of Houston, recording three top 10s here in seven visits.
Mar 27 - 7:04 PM

Playing for the second-straight week, Bob Estes readies for Riviera Country Club in preparation of this week's Genesis Open.

Estes missed almost one year exactly due to a shoulder injury. The 50-year-old returned from that injury earlier this season, at the Shriners. Since then, he is 1-for-5 with a T46 at the OHL Classic being the highlight. On the bright side, Estes has plenty of starts (18) remaining on his medical exemption. However, his form is still rounding into shape. Gamers can wait for that form to return before considering a re-investment in Estes.
Feb 15 - 10:12 AM

After missing 52 weeks due to an impingement in his left shoulder, past champ Bob Estes has chosen this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for his return to action and will be making his 23rd appearance in the event. UPDATE: With rounds of 73-70=143, Estes missed the cut by four strokes.

The now 50-year-old won the third of his four PGA TOUR titles here in 2001 when it was a 90-hole tournament and a three-course rota. He added his latest win the next year at the Kemper Open, 283 starts ago. The Texan is making his 634th career start on TOUR and hasn't played since a missed cut at the Sanderson Farms in November, 2015, his only start of the 2015-16 season. His most recent start prior to that was a T10 at the OHL Classic in November, 2013, and was his 91st career top-10 finish. Estes begins the season on a Major Medical Extension and has 23 starts to earn $556,345 or 365.500 FedExCup points.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Bob Estes followed his opening 74 at the Sanderson Farms Championship with a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in the second round and will miss the cut.

Like many in the early-late draw, Estes completed the lid-lifter midday on Thursday. Due to several delays and very little action on Saturday, he couldn't get to the break until today. And even though a plethora of those in the field withdrew with the promise of also missing the cut, the 49-year-old stuck with his game plan to log at least 36 holes. At last check, of the 120 still competing, he sat 118th. Estes now has 23 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $556,345 or 365.5 FedExCup points and retain status.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Bob Estes settled for a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in today's opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

In what was his first round on the PGA TOUR in nearly two full years, Estes striped nine (of 14) fairways but totaled a field-low six greens in regulation. It led to one bogey and a pair of doubles, but his return wasn't without a couple of highlights. After finding a greenside bunker at the par-4 12th, he holed out for birdie. Estes would then walk off with the last of three birdies on the round when his try from 52 feet, 10 inches found the target at the par-4 18th.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Bob Estes is included in the published field of next week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

If you sift through his busy Twitter account, you'll find at least one reference to his plan to resume his career in Mississippi. Estes pegged it once on the Tour in 2015, missing the cut in an event in his backyard in Texas, but he hasn't played the PGA TOUR since a T10 at Mayakoba in November of 2013. He then dealt with an impingement in his left shoulder for which he was granted a Major Medical Extension. If he earns $556,345 or 365.5 FedExCup points in his 24 starts, he'll retain status. But the timing of his return no doubt dovetails into his eligibility for the Champions Tour. The four-time PGA TOUR champ will turn 50 years of age on Feb. 2.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 06:47:00 PM

In his first sanctioned action since November of 2013, Bob Estes carded an even-par 38-34=72 in his opening round of the Tour's Greater Dallas Open.

Estes picked a home game for his return following an extended break due to an impingement in his left shoulder. This is also the inaugural edition of the event. He hit 14 greens, buried five birdies and squared three bogeys and a double, not that it matters. Just allowing the competitive juices to flow again had to feel good. Gamers that include the Champions Tour will want to keep tabs on the Texan. He'll be eligible for that circuit next February.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 05:46:00 PM

Bob Estes alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's planning on returning to competition at the inaugural Greater Dallas Open on the Tour on June 4-7.

He added in the tweet that sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open is on June 8, so he's tossing his game into the fire right away. The 49-year-old hasn't played PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition since placing T10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November of 2013. He has a Major Medical Extension affording 24 starts to earn $556,345 or 365.5 FedExCup points and retain status. Estes will turn 50 years of age on Feb. 2, 2016, so expect him to exhaust his MME while bridging over to the Champion Tour early next year.
Sun, May 24, 2015 05:58:00 PM

In a brief update at, Bob Estes revealed when he hopes to be back inside the ropes.

"Hopefully playing tournaments by June," he said in a text to golf writer Jim McCabe. "I can come close to making a full swing now without too much discomfort." Estes, who turned 49 in February, was suffering from an impingement in his left shoulder. He hasn't competed since November of 2013. While he added that he'll likely rehab a bit on the Tour, the four-time PGA TOUR winner has 24 starts on a Major Medical Extension to collect $556,345 or 365.5 FedExCup points and retain status. That'll easily bridge the gap between the time he returns and his eligibility for the Champions Tour.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Bob Estes is all set with a Major Medical Extension for 2014-15.

Of course, he'll have to play to take advantage of it. Out since last November with an impingement in his left shoulder and not expected to return until 2015, Estes was given 24 starts to bank $556,345 or 365.500 and retain status. He's at the stage of his career that he's in no hurry to risk aggravating an injury for a paycheck. He'll be 49 years old in February, too, so the MME lays the foundation to the Champions Tour.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Bob Estes alerted a follower on Twitter on Sept. 19 that he will not play this fall.

In what was just another kind reply to an inquiry about when Estes hopes to return to competition, the golfer wrote, "Hopefully early next year but I'm still rehabbing this shoulder." The last time we checked in on him in June, he said pretty much the same thing as it related to an impingement in his left shoulder. Since, he's been granted a Major Medical Extension affording 24 starts to earn 365 FedExCup points or $556,345 and retain status. Estes will turn 49 years of age in February, so it seems likely that he'll bridge to the Champions Tour on the MME. He went 1-for-2 with a T10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in his last start last November.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:11:00 PM