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Ryan Palmer |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 9/19/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175
College: Texas A&M University

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Ryan Palmer conjured up an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of The Barclays to wrap his seventh appearance in the Playoffs opener at 9-under 270, good for a three-way tie for sixth place.
Dedicating this week to the memory of his father, who tragically passed away recently, Palmer courageously holed a walk-off 3 at the par-4 18th and then embraced his caddie. He did his dad proud by not only returning to action, but also registering his second top-10 finish at the FedExCup opener. Palmer began Sunday's play right where he ultimately would finish, at 9-under. Playing in the penultimate pairing with Bubba Watson, the 38-year-old exchanged four birdies with four bogeys, two each per-side, to drop two places on the leaderboard. He finished the week with 17 birdies against 8 bogeys en route to posting his fifth top 10 of the season (on 20 starts), and first since a T10 in the AT&T Byron Nelson at the end of May. Palmer entered the postseason 56th in the FEC standings and vaults to 33rd after this week's showing. Aug 30 - 9:18 PM

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Ryan Palmer tacked on a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of The Barclays to post 9-under 201, two swings back of 54-hole, co-leaders Sangmoon Bae and Jason Day.

Palmer began the day at 4-under (T8) and three strokes off the pace. Thru his first 13 holes, he was bogey-free, 6-under, circling birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13. His early split included four conversions from inside seven feet, a 15-footer at the par-4 13th, and a hole-out from just short of the green at the par-4 ninth. Beginning at the 14th, he played his last five holes in 1-over, outpacing one final birdie at the 15th with bogeys at 14 and 16, both the result of missed greens, two of four on the day in that category. At the 14th, he missed par from 5'2" and also missed scoring chances at 17 and 18 from 8'1" and 5'2", respectively. Palmer will be in the penultimate pairing on Sunday with 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. His last of three wins on the PGA TOUR came in 2010 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Aug 29 - 5:57 PM

Ryan Palmer chased his opening 69 at The Barclays with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in today's second round to post 4-under 136 at the midpoint.

That he's only two shots back of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders speaks to his ability to compartmentalize after grieving in the loss of his father now just 10 days ago. He went 4-for-14 in scoring chances today with four birdies, three of which from outside 10 feet. Palmer's longest taped off at 24'4" at the par-4 17th hole, site of his only dropped shot on Thursday. He also poured in a par save from 15'9" at the par-4 seventh today. Interestingly, he's penciled in par on holes 1-9 in both rounds.
Aug 28 - 2:07 PM

Ryan Palmer gutted his way to a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

Golf is already an mysterious moving target given the influence one's mind has on execution, but a heavy heart can do wonders for one's focus. It was only nine days ago that Palmer's father died in a single-vehicle crash in Texas, yet the golfer made his way to Plainfield Country Club to begin the FedExCup Playoffs at 56th in the FedExCup standings. Palmer split 10 (of 14) fairways but hit only 11 greens in regulation. Still, he limited the damage to a lone bogey at the par-4 17th hole. Elsewhere, he escaped with par with a save from 16'3" at the par-3 11th, which was sandwiched in between his only two birdies of the round. So, after what must have been one of the most challenging and numb rounds of golf in his life, the 38-year-old is just four shots back of the overnight leaders.
Aug 27 - 10:44 PM

Ryan Palmer's father, Butch, was killed in a single-vehicle crash two miles north of Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday night.

According to the report at, Butch Palmer's 2005 Yukon rolled over several times. Palmer was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene. An investigation is underway to help determine the cause of the crash. No one else was in the vehicle. He was 71 years of age. Ryan Palmer did not commit to this week's Wyndham Championship. He's 55th in the FedExCup standings, so he'll advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship if he doesn't resume his schedule at next week's Barclays. Given this worst of news, you'll understand if he doesn't play for some time.
Aug 19 - 1:52 PM

America's Ryan Palmer ranks 53rd in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's 97th PGA Championship and tees it up in the first two rounds with fellow American Charley Hoffman and England's James Morrison.

Palmer has played in eight PGA's with one top-10 showing (T5/2014). It was just his second top 10 (10th, 2011 Masters) in a then 19 major championship appearances. Following his top-five finish last year at Valhalla, he's posted T33, Masters; T52, U.S. Open and T30 at The Open Championship in this year's majors. Palmer has cashed 15 times on his season of 18 starts, with nine top-25 finishes, four for top 10s, including a runner-up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He did most of his damage early, recording just one top 10 since March. The 38-year-old posted T70 at last week's 77-man, no-cut WGC-Bridgestone (par 70) on rounds of 74-75-73-72.
Aug 11 - 6:03 PM

Ryan Palmer moved up to tied second place in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 on day two.

There are plenty of high-profile Americans in the field this week as they look to hone their links skills ahead of next week's Open at St. Andrews. And it's Palmer making the biggest impact after he added a 65 to his opening 67 to reach 8-under 132 at the midpoint. That's three shots behind leader Daniel Brooks of England. Palmer did the bulk of his work with a burst of four birdies in five holes on the front nine while he added a final par breaker at 16. His only blemish came at 9 which he bogeyed for the second day running.
Jul 10 - 12:23 PM

Overnight co-leader Ryan Palmer settled for a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in today's second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The short story for today's experience is that he penciled in just five pars. Despite an eagle and five birdies, Palmer couldn't even match par. That's what happens when you three-putt twice, find water on two other occasions and square six bogeys and a double. He'd have really regressed if three of his birdies hadn't dropped from 16-20 feet. At 5-under 135, he signed his card with a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but that has since gone by the boards.
Jun 12 - 1:56 PM

Ryan Palmer crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64 in his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead with morning wavers Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen.

Palmer logged top fives at TPC Southwind in 2012 and 2013. He's also coming off a T10 at the Byron Nelson, so it's hardly a surprise that he's playing well again in Memphis. He went 6-for-6 in scrambling and circled six birdies, including respective conversions from 23'9", 14'6" and 19'8" at Nos. 13, 1 and 2. When he signed his card, he sat inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats with measurements north of 3.045.
Jun 11 - 6:42 PM

Ryan Palmer finished off his 12th appearance at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with an even-par 35-34=69 and his 72-hole aggregate of 10-under 267 was good for a six-way tie for 10th place.

Palmer, runner-up at this tournament in 2011, began the proceedings at 10-under (T7), just three off the pace. He would finish the day 10-under as well, but a full eight shots back of fellow Texas resident (and winner) Steven Bowditch. With preferred lies in effect in closely mown areas, Palmer could not take advantage, circling just one birdie against three bogeys. The 38-year-old would salvage his round with an eagle-3 on the par-5 seventh. He will take solace in notching his fourth top 10 on the season in that he had missed his last two stroke-play cuts coming into the week as well as going winless (0-3) at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. His last top 10 was also in the Lone Star State, a T6-finish at the Valero Texas Open in March.
May 31 - 7:52 PM

Ryan Palmer added a 3-under-par 34-32=66 in today's second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship to reach the halfway point in 8-under 131.

He's one shot back of the overnight tri-leaders at TPC Four Seasons. Palmer squared two bogey-5s today but answered with five birdies. He has 12 on the week. Since his last title at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii, the Texan has finished second five times, including as a co-runner-up at the WM Phoenix Open in early February. His game remains sharp in the long-term, but gamers' patience is just about gone waiting for victory No. 4. Interestingly, after his opening 65, he joked about the flak he fielded after missing the cut on his home track at Colonial last week. "I wanted to kind of shut up all the fans that wore me out on Twitter," he said. Hopefully I calmed them down a little bit." And if it fuels him to continue to perform, even better.
May 29 - 10:18 PM

Ryan Palmer turned the page and posted 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Palmer was a straight-up bust at Colonial last week, but he's earned back some of his critics with today's brilliance. He found only six (of 14) fairways at TPC Four Seasons but landed 15 greens in regulation and buried seven birdies. Four of his par breakers disappeared from outside 10 feet, including rolls from 28'5" and 37'1" at Nos. 12 and 18, respectively. He swallowed two bogeys, including a three-putt from just inside 45 feet at the par-5 16th, but still secured his lowest aggregate since opening the WM Phoenix Open in late January with 64.
May 28 - 1:40 PM

Ryan Palmer prepares for a home game during this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

The Colonial Country Club member is 9-for-11 in his career here, including top 15s in each of the past three trips. He missed the cut in his last start but still boasts seven top 25s in 10 stroke-play starts this season. Gamers should make Palmer one of their top priorities when building rosters this week as nobody in the field is more familiar with this week's layout.
May 19 - 8:47 AM

Ryan Palmer returns to this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship after a three-year recess.

Palmer is playing inspired golf in 2015 ahead of this week's WGC-Match Play. His first taste of match play came at Dove Mountain in 2011 where he sent Jim Furyk home before falling short against Miguel Angel Jimenez in his second match. His group this week is featured by Justin Rose along with Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri. Palmer has the talent to play spoiler and drift his way into the Final 16.
Apr 28 - 8:45 PM

Ryan Palmer toured Augusta National Golf Club in 3-under-par 32-37=69 in his opening round of the Masters.

Palmer walked off with a bogey-5 at the 18th hole, but it was just the second bogey of his round that also featured five birdies, three of which on par 5s. He totaled 15 greens in regulation. The Texan is 2-for-4 in the tournament with a solo 10th in 2011. Today's score matches his third-round aggregate from that edition. He hasn't gone lower in 13 career competitive loops. Palmer signed today's card situated just two strokes adrift of the threesome sharing the clubhouse lead.
Apr 9 - 5:59 PM