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Gavin Coles

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 10/19/1968
Ht / Wt:  5'5" / 160

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Former PGA TOUR member Gavin Coles earned his way into this week's John Deere Classic. He carded a 5-under-par 35-32=67 and survived a 5-for-3 playoff while taking on Pinnacle Country Club at the open qualifier.
Coles will be making his 124th PGA TOUR start of his career. He sports 11 top 25s on his resume but none since the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. The Aussie is 2-for-5 in his career at the John Deere Classic with a T41 in 2008 being the best on record. Coles is not fantasy relevant this week but long-time fans should certainly keep an eye on the 47-year-old. Mon, Aug 8, 2016 05:06:00 PM

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With a 3-under-par 33-34=67 at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club in today's open qualifier for The RSM Classic, former PGA TOUR member Gavin Coles shared medalist honors to punch a ticket into the tournament proper.

That's right. That was the leading score in this four-spotter. Gusty winds will do that to any field. The Aussie covered a lone bogey with four birdies to lock up his first PGA TOUR start since 2012. He was equaled today by Matt Atkins, who also signed for a 3-under 33-34=67. The 2015 Tour member traded five birdies with two birdies to secure his TOUR debut. A five-way playoff determined the other two tee times at Sea Island Resort on Thursday. Former TOUR member Mark Anderson and Adam Svensson escaped with berths. Both shot 2-under 35-33=68. Anderson buried five birdies against three bogeys. Svensson, who circled three birdies and swallowed only one bogey, led the 2015 Mackenzie Tour in Canada in actual scoring average; the 21-year-old placed ninth in earnings. The field of The RSM Classic is now complete at 156.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Gavin Coles is 8-under-par 67-65=132 through 36 holes of The McGladrey Classic, two strokes adrift of the overnight lead.

The Aussie ranks second-to-last (of 189) in distance off the tee, so Seaside's cozy confines don't overwhelm his game. Coles has been steady thus far, circling 10 birdies thanks to 31 chances. He rolled in six birdies today, four of which from 10 feet or longer, the highlight of the bunch dropping in from 18'2" at the first hole. Overall on the year, he's 11-for-21 with one top 25; he ranks 179th on the money list.
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 07:04:00 PM

Gavin Coles is slated to play the Open at CordeValle Golf Club.

Because Coles ranks 185th in driving distance, there are only so many tournaments where his lack of length allows him to be competitive. CordeValle could be one of those courses, as putting tends to take center stage. Ranking 44th in driving accuracy and 17th in Strokes Gained-Putting, the Aussie hopes to have a peek at enough birdie putts to make up some ground on the money list. He currently ranks 176th in earnings with $214,413.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 09:48:00 PM

Gavin Coles backed up his opening 65 at the RBC Canadian Open with a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in his second round to post 6-under 134, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The lead won't last, but it's certainly better than the alternative. The Aussie rolled in a par save from 15'9" at the 10th hole, and then chased it with a 12-footer for birdie at 12. Otherwise, the value is in his consistency and damage control. Through 36 holes, he's missed 10 greens in regulation but has carded just one bogey. He needs a good week in the worst way. While he's cashed in 10 of 16 starts this season, the journeyman hasn't posted a top 25 on the PGA TOUR since July 2008.
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 12:20:00 PM

Gavin Coles carded a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of the RBC Canadian Open, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Coles hit 14 greens in regulation and rolled in five birdies in his first loop of Hamilton Golf & Country Club. His longest conversion measured 12'9" at the eighth hole. He was the sixth to sign for a 65, but the only to do so without at least one over-par hole. (Leader Greg Owen also failed to go bogey-free en route to his 63.)
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 05:45:00 PM

Gavin Coles has made his share of cuts, but needs a high finish at the John Deere Classic to boost his hopes of retaining his TOUR card for 2013.

The Aussie has cashed in nine of his 14 events including a season-best T27 at The Greenbrier Classic last week. His payday at The Old White TPC was his sixth consecutive. Despite that, he currently ranks 181st on the money list. To contend at this week's tour of TPC Deere Run, he will need to rely on the flat stick that has him ranked 14th in Strokes Gained-Putting.
Tue, Jul 10, 2012 10:23:00 PM

Gavin Coles made his fourth consecutive cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and posted a 1-over-par 38-33=71 in the third round.

The Aussie got off to a rocky start, making bogeys on the fourth, fifth and sixth holes before rebounding to birdie the 12th and 16th holes coming in. He held on and posted that 71 despite only finding seven GIR. He enters the final round at 3-over 213 and has work to do to top his season-best T38 at the Sony Open.
Sat, Jun 9, 2012 11:49:00 AM

Gavin Coles carded an even-par 38-34=72 in his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Coles split 13 (of 14) fairways but landed only 11 greens in regulation, trading two bogeys on his first nine with two birdies coming in. He was suffering from a hand injury in San Antonio last week where he missed the cut.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 02:12:00 PM

Gavin Coles turned in a pair of 3-over-par 75s at the Valero Texas Open and will miss the cut.

The Aussie hit 23 greens but needed 62 putts during his two loops of TPC San Antonio. While he was waiting out the weather delay, he posted the following on Twitter: "What an unbelievable year I am having, I hit one bad drive and in the rocks it goes, chip it out, hurt my hand and can hardly hold the club." Indeed, he's now 3-for-8 with no top-35 finishes. He arrived at the VTO ranked 185th in FedExCup Points. Given his tweet, we'll add him to our Injury Report to follow. If his hand is able, Coles will put it in play at next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he's listed in the published field.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 04:24:00 PM

Gavin Coles has been added to the published field of this week's Shell Houston Open.

Coles was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry due to three withdrawals this morning. Not only has the Aussie cashed in both of his starts at Redstone's Tournament Course, but he enters having survived his last two cuts of this season, a not-too-insignificant fact given he's a mere 3-for-6 on the year.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:22:00 AM

Gavin Coles shot a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, finishing two strokes back of the clubhouse lead.

Since regaining his PGA TOUR card this year, Coles has gone 2-for-5 with zero top 35-finishes, so they're not quite dancing in the streets of his native Australia just yet. In fact, he scored with smoke and mirrors today, swallowing just one bogey despite hitting only nine greens in regulation.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 11:57:00 AM

Gavin Coles posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 at Torrey Pines North in his opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

It's barely noteworthy but Coles withdrew during his suspended third round at last week's Humana. He wasn't going to make the cut anyway but we never take anything for granted when it comes to mid-round WDs. Today he hit 15 greens and rolled in six birdies, three of which on par 5s.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012 05:52:00 PM

Galvin Coles withdrew during his third round of the Humana Challenge.

Coles was 1-over-par through 12 holes at PGA West's Nicklaus Private Course when he withdrew. He was an aggregate 2-over and wasn't going to make the cut. He'll try at this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
Sun, Jan 22, 2012 10:42:00 AM

Gavin Coles was added to the published field of this week's Humana Challenge.

The Aussie started the week as the fifth alternate. He gained entry when Alex Cejka withdrew today. Coles finished T38 at last week's Sony Open where he carded a bogey-free 66 in the second round. He'll be making his debut at PGA West.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:23:00 PM