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Bob Estes

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (52) / 2/2/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 180

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 1503 Bob Estes carved out a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in the second round of the Valspar Championship, dipping two spots on the live leaderboard to T10 on 2-under 140, two back of three 36-hole clubhouse leaders. UPDATE: With the tournament completed, Estes finished T49 on 2-over 286 (70-70-70-76).
After an opening four-birdie, three-bogey 70, the 52-year-old will cash his first TOUR paycheck since T70 at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson. He landed eight (of 13) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining strokes off-the-tee and around-the-green, but losing 1.615 on approach. The Texan squared two bogeys at holes 13 and 3, slightly outpaced by three circles at 10, 12 and 14, two from between 11 and 31 feet and adding a 31-footer from the fringe at 14. He posted 1.800 putts per GIR and 1.884 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. This is Estes' second (of eight) starts on a Major Medical Extension. He needs to earn $479,415 or 300.010 FedExCup points to retain status. Mar 9 - 12:47 PM

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World No. 1503 Bob Estes is in Palm Harbor, Florida, for this week's Valspar Championship, his first appearance at the Copperhead Course since a missed cut in 2013.

At 52 years of age, the Texan is one of three 50-somethings in the field, joining Steve Stricker (51) and Davis Love III (53). He's made just one start (of eight) on a Major Medical Extension and has seven starts remaining to earn $479,415 or 300.010 FedExCup points to retain status. The University of Texas product missed the cut two weeks ago at the Honda, which was his first event since a MC at the 2017 Wyndham over seven months ago. His last made cut was a T70 (of 76) at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson. Estes did make his 10th career start on the PGA TOUR Champions last week at the Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Arizona, finishing a career-tying-best T5 on 10-under (71-69-69), four short of champion Stricker. Overall, he's 6-for-10 at the Valspar with a best of T17 in 2004.
Mar 7 - 6:16 PM

World No. 1472 Bob Estes still has eight starts remaining on a Major Medical Extension which dates back to the 2013-14 season.

The 51-year-old needs to earn 300.010 FedExCup points or $479,515 to retain status. His MME originally began with 24 starts, missed all of calendar-year 2014, and made just one start in 2015-16. The Texas native and resident split time between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in 2016-17, making 15 starts on the main stage with only three cashes -- with a best of T27 at the Valero Texas Open -- and one mid-tourney WD. He did have two top 10s in nine events in his first season on the senior circuit, highlighted by a T5 at the Senior PGA Championship. Estes' value in the big leagues is nil, with just one podium in his last 183 starts, but could be worth a look say, as a One & Done pick in the PGA TOUR's fantasy game.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:08:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 12:21:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 07:12:00 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.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 08:15:00 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.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 03:13:00 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.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 07:04:00 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.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:12:00 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