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Ryan Palmer

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/19/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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In four-ball action, first-round co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Jordan Spieth turned in a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 after today's final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to conclude on 22-under 266, five adrift of a 2-team playoff involving 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, and Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown that will commence on Monday morning.
After kicking off Day 1 with 6-under 66 (alternate shot), the Texans co-led, dipped to T5 with 66 (best ball), and began the finale five back of Blixt/Smith in solo 4th after 70 (alternate shot). That's where they eventually landed, in solo 4th, after circling eight birdies on Sunday. Palmer got on the board first with birdie-2 at three (from 17'11") and circled 4 at the seventh before Spieth birdied the par-4 eighth (6'4"). Palmer crashed in another 2 at the par-3 ninth from 21'2" and converted from 5'7" at the 11th for birdie-4. It was Palmer again at 13, brushing in an 8-footer for birdie-3 before Spieth completed their scoring with back-to-backs at 14 and 15, the former from the right fairway 27'11" away for birdie-2. Apr 30 - 10:21 PM

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Jordan Spieth tacked on another 6-under 66 (31-35) in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach 12-under 132, down two places to T3 and three shy of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, who shot 62. UPDATE: With play completed, Palmer/Spieth are T5, three back of Blixt/Smith.

The Texan's opening 66 in alternate shot shared the lead with Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels and was one clear of four teams. In today's best-ball format, they circled seven on the card, suffering one drop at the par-4 16th, with Palmer birdieing the 10th and the 18th to go out in a measly 1-under. They parred holes 1-3, with Spieth missing birdie at the par-5 second from 4'4", but he got things rolling with a 24-footer for birdie-3 at four. Palmer joined back in with a 24-incher at the fifth after hitting his second to the par 4 from 108 yards away stiff, while Spieth was the culprit for and up-and-down birdie-4 at seven. Palmer ended the festivities on a high note with a walk-off 2 at the ninth from 19'11".
Apr 28 - 2:34 PM

World No. 91 Ryan Palmer salvaged a 1-under-par 38-33=71 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 281, down two spots into a season-best four-way T6, five in arrears of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell.

This was the Texan's fourth top 10 in 15 appearances, third straight T6 or better. On the season, he's made four of nine cuts now with two top 25s, arriving off T11 last week at the Heritage, so trending in the right direction. After opening laps of 74-68-68, the Texas A&M alum began T4 on 6-under, two adrift. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he went out in birdie-less 2-over, squaring back-to-backs at holes 5 and 6 (failed scrambles), before breaking the ice with birdie-3 at 10 (from 45 inches). The 40-year-old gave another back at 14 (failed sand save) before logging a hat-trick of birdies at 14-16, but was unable to circle the drivable par-4 17th or the par-5 18th.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

In the first threesome off No. 1 tee, World No. 91 Ryan Palmer tossed up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on Moving Day at the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 210, up 33 places on the live leaderboard to T3 and good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Palmer's 68 was the low round of the day and is in a 7-way T4, two back of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

On a cool, blustery day at TPC San Antonio, the 40-year-old's 68 is currently 6.341 strokes better than the field average and that margin is likely to expand. This is his 15th VTO and owns three prior top 10s, including back-to-backs in the last two editions of T6/2015 and T4 last year (68-70-72-69). After opening in 74-68, the Texan began T36 on 2-under, six back of co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 3.419 strokes tee-to-green. The Texas A&M alum squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outpaced by five birdies at Nos. 5, 6 (from 56'1"), 8, 17 (15'5") and 18, walking off with a 9'6" birdie-4 for 1,667 putts per GIR and 3.003 SG: Putting. His season best and lone top 30 in eight events is T11 last week at the RBC Heritage.
Apr 22 - 4:10 PM

World No. 94 Ryan Palmer readies for his 12th Shell Houston Open and arrives at 196th in the FedExCup standings.

The Texas native and resident is 5-for-11 at the SHO with four top 25s and just one top 10, a T7 in 2014 (70-68-73-69). He didn't play in 2015, missing for the first time since the 2008 edition, and was OWGR No. 73 ahead of last year's T38 (69-74-73-69), so he's heading in the wrong direction. The 40-year-old is 2-for-6 this season, opening with four straight missed cuts and cashing his last two, a T49 at the Genesis Open and T37 at The Honda Classic, where he was a second-round co-leader (66-65) but closed in 73-75 for T37. He's made the FEC Playoffs for seven consecutive years, finishing no worse than 71st in the standings, so he has to get on his horse if he's going to keep that streak intact.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 29 - 9:43 AM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 88 Ryan Palmer labored to a 3-over-par 35-38=73 in the third round of The Honda Classic, dropping seven places into a 12-way T8 on 6-under 204.

After opening in 66-65, the Texan co-led with Wesley Bryan, one clear of Rickie Fowler. While Fowler was carding a bogey-free 65 out of the penultimate pairing, he chased a lone birdie-2 at seven (from 12'6") with bogey-5s at eight, 10, 12 and 14, falling seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Fowler. This was the 40-year-old's fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead in 346 career starts (345 pro), first since the 2014 Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank), where he finished T16 (63-71-71-71). He conjured just five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, recording a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR, -2.460 SG: Putting, and 33 putts.
Feb 25 - 6:45 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 88 Ryan Palmer styled a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of The Honda Classic, tying the low round of the day thus far with Brendan Steele and posting the early 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 131. UPDATE: With play completed, Palmer co-leads with PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan, his fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead (2-for-4), first since the 2014 Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank), where he finished T16 (63-71-71-71).

With preferred lies in effect for a second straight lap, the 40-year-old began with bogey-5 at 10 (failed scramble) but rebounded for a three-birdie train on holes 13-15, kicking off the run with a 43-footer at the par-4 13th. He squared one more at the par-3 17th, three-putting from 43'5", but then played his final 10 holes in 4-under, circling Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 8, each from seven feet and in. The Texan found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, currently pacing the field in SG: Tee-to-Green at 9.051. He's doing the majority of his work in that category, signing his card at 62nd in SG: Putting (0.591).
Feb 24 - 1:00 PM

With lift, clean, and place in effect, Ryan Palmer produced a 4-under-par 34-32=66 during the opening round of The Honda Classic, placing him in a share of fifth place after day one.

The Texan has struggled to find his form early in 2017 after taking some time off in the fall. He looked like vintage Palmer today, circling six birdies to offset a pair of bogeys on the difficult Champion Course at PGA National. The highlight of the round came at the par-4 11th when he stuck his 180-yard approach to just nine inches for a tap-in birdie. Palmer has historically struggled with the Bear Trap but survived the three-hole stretch at even-par today. His performance at this stretch will likely be the deciding factor for him as the week goes on.
Feb 23 - 6:07 PM

Past champ and World No. 75 Ryan Palmer makes his 12th Sony Open in Hawaii his first start of the 2016-17 season.

The Texan won the 2010 edition (by one) as a 54-hole co-leader (65-66-68-66). It's the most recent of his three PGA TOUR titles in 340 career events. Overall, he's 8-for-11 at Waialae CC and has has four top 25s, including T13 last year (66-67-67-68) and T17/2015, preceded by his only other top 10, a T8 in 2014. The 40-year-old's career scoring average at the par-70 layout in 38 rounds is 69.05. Despite a nice run of T13-T24-T4 in last year's Playoffs, he was eliminated after the BMW Championship at 34th in the FedExCup standings with 10 top 25s in 23 starts, three for top 10s, with each doubling as top 5s.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 11 - 11:30 AM

Ryan Palmer handed in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 after today's final round of the BMW Championship for a 72-hole total of 12-under 276, up three places into a five-way T4, 11 adrift of overnight leader and champion Dustin Johnson.

The 39-year-old entered the week 47th in the FedExCup standings and was eliminated from the Playoffs at No. 34. It's his 10th top 25 of the season and third straight to open the postseason, but unfortunately, just a third top 10, first since a season-best T3 at the DEAN & DELUCA back in May. For the week, the Texan totaled 22 birdies against 10 bogeys, eight vs. four in the finale. He was T2 with the 22 circles, but T39 with the 10 squares. Palmer has advanced to the TOUR Championship just twice in the 10-year history of the Playoffs, most recently in 2014, but this is the second straight season that he's finished between 31-40 in the FEC standings.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Ryan Palmer tacked on a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the BMW Championship to reach 10-under 206, down one spot to solo seventh, eight in arrears to 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

Coming off a season-low 64, the 39-year-old outpaced bogeys at seven and 15, the former a 3-putt from 42'6", with five birdies, including three straight on holes 9-11. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he striped a week-best 11 (of 14) fairways and conjured 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.558 SG: Putting. The Texan's split was highlighted by a 50-foot bomb for birdie-3 at 10 and capped his scoring with birdie at the par-4 16th from 14'4".
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 09:16:00 PM

Ryan Palmer smoothed a season-low bogey-free 8-under-par 34-30=64 in the second round of the BMW Championship to post 7-under 137, up 41 places to T6, seven adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Roberto Castro and Dustin Johnson.

The soon-to-be 40-year-old (Sep. 19th) carded a season best in his 84th lap of 2015-16, eclipsing 65 in R1 of the Shriners back in October. His 64 tied the course record at Crooked Stick GC, shared with six others from the 2012 BMW, only to be broken by Johnson later in the round (63). The Texas A&M alum went nine better than his opening 73, circling eight birdies, including six on his home half, and four straight on holes 9-12. He improved to 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.462 putts per GIR and 3.226 putting. Seven conversions were conventional, three from between 13 and 19 feet, capping with a walk-off 3 at the 18th, 58'6" away in the intermediate rough.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Ryan Palmer bobbed and weaved to a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in today's third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 8-under 205, up 21 places to T9 with play still in progress.

The 39-year-old is making his 11th appearance (eighth in the FedExCup era), with a best of T11 in 2010. He began in 70-68 to sit T30 on 4-under, and is progressively improving with today's seven-birdie three-bogey showing. The Texan went out in blemish-free 4-under, circling '3s' on holes 1, 4, 5 and 9, and exchanged three bogeys with three birdies coming home, but did end on a high with a birdie-birdie finish. He circled six conventional on 15 greens in regulation, adding a pitch-in 3 at the ninth, 23'10" from the target. Palmer is the current pace-setter in SG: Approach and SG: Tee-to-Green with cumulative totals of 5.747 and 7.348, respectively.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Ryan Palmer pushed up the leaderboard in round two of The Barclays, scribbling a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 3-under 139 heading into the weekend.

Palmer put his tee-to-green game on cruise control, striping 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens. That kept things stress-free on the greens, which was needed since he lost 1.43 strokes putting on the round, despite making a 52'3" eagle bomb at the par-5 fourth. He walked off the course with 3.161 strokes gained approaching-the-green, which checks out in his GIR numbers, hitting 29 on the week to rank first in the field at the moment. Palmer has not figured out these slick bentgrass greens, but he'll enter the weekend inside the top 15 on the leaderboard with two more rounds to figure out the putter.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Ryan Palmer turns his attention to the Black Course at Bethpage Start Park in preparation of The Barclays this week in Farmingdale, New York.

Palmer enters the week ranked 63rd in the FedExCup race, thanks to a 17-for-20 record during the regular season. More recently, his results have been quiet, with a T30 at The Open being his best finish over the last five. Heading to Bethpage Black, Palmer will be able to use some course knowledge gained from the 2012 edition, when he finished T24. Palmer has played his way to the BMW Championship in five of the last six seasons, and could use a good finish this week to help make that six of the last seven.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 11:56:00 AM