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Ryan Palmer

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/19/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Past champion Ryan Palmer readies for the Sony Open in Hawaii this week, his first start since having minor shoulder surgery.
Palmer is coming off a 10-for-20 season that saw him miss some action while he was with his wife during her battle with breast cancer. After the season he elected for minor shoulder surgery and will now have six starts to fulfill the terms of his medical exemption (29.686 FedExCup Points). He's picked a good spot to start, considering he's earned 50 or more FEC Points in four of his last eight Sony Open starts. That includes a 2010 victory. Gamers should still tread lightly this week since Palmer hasn't pegged it competitively since the Wyndham Championship in August. Jan 10 - 3:16 PM

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Ryan Palmer will have six starts on a medical extension as he looks to rebound in 2018.

Palmer missed the fall portion of the 2016-17 season to be with his wife, Jennifer, during her battle with breast cancer. He returned to action at the start of 2017 but never found his form, going 10-for-20 to finish 134th in the FedExCup race. Since then, he's had minor shoulder surgery to remove some bone spurs and looks to be ready to return at the Sony Open. He'll need just 29.686 FedExCup Points to fulfill the terms of his medical exemption. One top 25 would likely do the trick, or he could string together a few top 50s and get the job done. Gamers should be cautiously optimistic that Palmer can return to form in 2018.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:07:00 PM

World No. 95 Ryan Palmer, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, labored to a 5-over-par 36-39=75 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and at 5-over 211, will not have a Sunday tee time, missing the secondary cut of 2-over 212 by three shots.

A total of 86 players made the 36-hole cut of 1-over 141, 17 players T70 on the number, so a second cut of low 70 and ties took place after 54 holes. Palmer, making his 10th visit, had a T3/2012 and solo 4th/2013 to his credit, but will not play 72 holes in Memphis for the first time since a MC in 2010. He opened in 69-71, T58, and dropped 22 spots on the leaderboard to the early exit. On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, he outbalanced two birdies with five bogeys and a double bogey-7, posting a dismal 2.200 putts per GIR and -3.098 SG: Putting. Joining Palmer on the pine for Sunday: 213- Bobby Gates; Peter Malnati; Chris Kirk; Vijay Singh; Chip Deason; Martin Flores .. 214- Gonzalo Fdez-Castano; Peter Uihlein .. 215- Sung Kang .. 216- Hunter Mahan; Brian Stuard; John Peterson .. 217- Max Homa .. 220- Jonathan Randolph.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 06:52:00 PM

World No. 95 Ryan Palmer is in Memphis for his 10th FedEx St. Jude Classic and check in at 108th in the FedExCup standings.

The Texan is 6-for-9 at TPC Southwind with four top 25s and three top 10s. He posted a T10 on debut in 2006 and added a T3 in 2012 and solo 4th in 2013, both of the latter after opening in over-par rounds. The 40-year-old is a cumulative 2-over-par in his last three visits, posting T32/2014, T22/2015, and T68 last year (71-68-73-75). He's 7-for-13 on the season with three top 25s and two top 10s, a T6 on his own ball at the Valero Texas Open, and solo 4th at the Zurich teamed with Jordan Spieth, where they were 18-hole co-leaders. The Texas A&M alum was also a 36-hole co-leader at the Honda (66-65), before fading to T37 with 73-75. Since the Zurich, he's recorded a MC at THE PLAYERS, T27 at the Byron Nelson, and T70 (of 72) at the DEAN & DELUCA on his home course (72-70-77-71).
Wed, Jun 7, 2017 03:42:00 PM

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.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 10:21:00 PM

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".
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 02:34:00 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.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 07:50:00 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.
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 04:10:00 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.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 09:43:00 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.
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 06:45:00 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).
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 01:00:00 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.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 06:07:00 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.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:30:00 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