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Ryan Palmer |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/19/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175
College: Texas A&M University

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Ryan Palmer chased his opening 65 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round to post 8-under 134, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Palmer hit 14 greens in regulation and coaxed in four birdies, including conversions from 11'9" at the par-4 first hole and 18'7" at the par-3 eighth. He also squared two bogeys, including a three-putt from outside 61 feet at the par-4 12th, but averted another with a par save from 15'10" at the par-3 third. All in all, a ho-hum trot around TPC Summerlin, which has yet to yield a real low one despite sublime scoring conditions for the second straight day. Oct 23 - 3:09 PM

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Ryan Palmer shot 6-under-par 32-33=65 in today's opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and sits one strokes off the pace of the clubhouse tri-leaders.

He missed the cut at Silverado last week, which marked his first action since getting knocked out of the FedExCup Playoffs following a T23 at the BMW Championship. He finished last season with a heavy heart following the sudden death of his father in mid-August. After opening with a bogey at TPC Summerlin's par-4 10th hole, Palmer found seven birdies, including four consecutively to conclude his opening half. Four of his birdies overall ranged 11-16 feet, but he also saved par from off the green five yards away at the par-4 12th hole and from 13'1" at the par-4 first. This is his ninth appearance in Vegas. Since 2008 when TPC Summerlin took over as solo host, he's just 2-for-4 with a T8 in 2010.
Oct 22 - 8:49 PM

Ryan Palmer answered his opening 67 at the BMW Championship with another in today's second round to post 8-under 134 at the break, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He went out in the first threesome off the first tee at 9:00 a.m. CT today, but Palmer failed to gain any traction until very late. Sitting 1-over through 14 holes on the round, he connected for birdie from just inside nine feet at the par-5 14th hole to level his card. Birdies at 15 and 16 ensued, the latter dropping from 27'5" at the par-4 16th. After a two-putt par at the par-3 17th, Palmer converted an eagle from 25'9" at the par-5 18th.
Sep 18 - 2:42 PM

Ryan Palmer submitted a 4-under-par 34-33=67 for his opening round of the BMW Championship.

He needed to return to the course at 7:30 a.m. CT today, but it was worth it. Palmer closed par-birdie-par-par on the front side this morning before checking up six shots off the clubhouse lead. He circled three birdies on each nine, but his longest taped off at just 10-and-a-half feet at the par-4 fourth hole. Both of his bogeys were on par 3s, but it's impressive that he limited the damage to that given only nine greens in regulation.
Sep 18 - 9:44 AM

Ryan Palmer is in Lake Forest, Illinois, for this week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Palmer has advanced to the BMW Championship five times in the last six years. Incidentally, the only time he didn't was in 2013, which was held at this week's venue. The 38-year-old then, five days shy of his birthday, gets his first look at Conway Farms GC and enters the week 40th in the FedExCup standings. In the first two Playoffs events, he went T6 at The Barclays (T4 after 54 holes), and T65 at the Deutsche Bank on rounds of 68-77-71-71. Palmer has made 17 cuts on 21 starts to the season, with five top 10s, but just two over his last 13 events.
Sep 14 - 7:24 PM

Ryan Palmer laced TPC Boston for 17 greens in regulation en route to a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in today's opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

He may be reeling on the inside following the sudden death of his father, but Palmer's golf game has not suffered. In fact, the familiarity of his craft is probably large part of the reason why he's having success in the FedExCup Playoffs. Last week's T6 boosted him 23 spots to 33rd in points. He wasted no time in dipping into red numbers at TPC Boston today with a 15-foot birdie conversion at the par-4 first hole. He gave it back at the par-3 third where he missed his only GIR, instead finding a greenside bunker on the way to a 4. But Palmer regrouped on his inward side, picking off three birdies, including rolls of 12'5" and 24'1" at Nos. 10 and 16, respectively. At the time he signed his card, he shared the clubhouse lead. And at last check, he ranked fifth in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a clip of 3.904.
Sep 4 - 2:09 PM

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

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