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Steve Wheatcroft

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 2/21/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215

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Steve Wheatcroft did not slow down in round two of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, twirling a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 to reach 12-under 132 on the week, placing him one of the leader Brice Garnett.
Corales Golf Club features generous fairways and Wheatcroft is taking full advantage so far. After two days, he's split 26 (of 28) fairways to rank T2 in driving accuracy. That has allowed him to manage his approach shots appropriately. He's only hit 25 greens in regulation but he's certainly missed in the right spots as he's a perfect 11-for-11 in scrambling on the week. Converting on 10 birdies and an eagle through 36 holes, this falls just one shy of the best 36-hole score compiled by Wheatcroft (9-under 131 at 2010 Canadian Open). In 160 career starts this will be the fourth time Wheatcroft has found himself inside the top 3 thru R2, and first time since he led the 2013 Houston Open. The 40-year-old is still searching for his first TOUR title. Mar 23 - 6:17 PM

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Looking to take advantage of the alternate-field event, Steve Wheatcroft soared to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-35=66 during round one of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, good a seat inside the top 3 after day one.

Making his first start since turning 40, Wheatcroft showed quite the spark in round one. He missed just one fairway today but managed just 13 greens in regulation. Strong short game is what carried this round over the finish line as he didn't drop a single shot while picking up four birdies and an eagle. The big bird came at the par-5 fourth hole where five total eagles were recorded today. This round is the lowest recorded by Wheatcroft since R3 of last year's Barsbasol Championship (6-under 65). It's also the first time he's positioned himself inside the top 5 after any round since a T5 at the 2016 Barracuda Championship.
Mar 22 - 7:59 PM

Four-time Tour graduate Steve Wheatcroft entered the holiday break ranked 180th in the FedExCup race.

The 39-year-old settled for a 9-for-17 record last season before heading to the Tour Finals to regain his TOUR card. Since then, Wheatcroft went 2-for-5 to open the new season, with a T59 at the Safeway Open being his best finish. Looking at page two of the most recent article published here at Rotoworld, Split the Surface, we can see that the Florida resident does have a preference for bermudagrass greens. Looking at last season, we see his only three top 40s came on bermuda courses (T29, Sanderson Farms; T10, St. Jude Classic; T15 Barbasol Championship). Still one of the best putters on TOUR, it's his tee-to-green play that generally keeps him out of contention. Keep his bermuda splits in mind heading into 2018, as there may be a few spots to invest for DFS gamers.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 02:18:00 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Steve Wheatcroft has withdrawn from this week's Wyndham Championship, giving Tim Herron a crack at Sedgefield Country Club, in his place.

There was no injury cited but Wheatcroft stands at 174th in the FedExCup standings, so it's unlikely he'd pass up this chance if he was healthy. Perhaps he's accepted his fate inside the top 200, giving him a crack at the Tour Finals, if he's healthy. Playing the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season on conditional status, Wheatcroft landed just 17 starts, earning a paycheck in nine of them. Most notable was a T10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. When all was said and done, it wasn't enough to earn him a spot in the Playoffs, missing them for the second straight season now.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 01:31:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft was right in the thick of things at Glen Abbey Golf Club last year, returning this week for another crack at the RBC Canadian Open.

Wheatcroft opened the 2016 edition of this event with a 4-under 68, putting him in a share of 7th place. He ballooned in round two (5-over 77) before storming the castle over the weekend with finishing rounds of 64 and 69. When all was said and done, he finished in a share of 5th place. That matches his third-best finish on TOUR while his 9th-best finish also came in Canada (2010, different course). Wheatcroft currently sits at 176th in the FedExCup race, so he would love to dive back into that bag of Canadian form. He is arriving fresh off a T15 at the alternate-field Barbasol Championship last week.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 01:09:00 PM

World No. 509 Steve Wheatcroft crafted a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic for a four-day total of 6-under 274, up 12 spots on the leaderboard to a season-best T10.

This was the 39-year-old's sixth appearance with one previous cash, a T41 last year. After kicking off in 68-69-69, he began T22 on 4-under, two swings shy of the overnight top 10. The Indiana University alum found seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.487 strokes tee-to-green. He squared three bogeys at Nos. 8, 9 and 14 (3-putt from 33'3"), offset by five birdies at 2-4, 11 and 16, four from inside of 13 feet and a 48'0" bomb for birdie-2 at 11. The Pennsylvania native posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 2.183 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 8.920. This was his 11th start of the season on conditional status, fifth cash, first top 25 and first top 10, brushing aside a previous-best T29 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms. The T10 will get Wheatcroft an exemption into the Travelers in two weeks.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 04:17:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft sets his eyes on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio ahead of this week's Valero Texas Open.

After finishing 137th in the FedExCup standings last year, Wheatcroft arrives 193rd in this year's race. He is 4-for-7 on the season but has just one top 40 (T29, Sanderson Farms) to his credit. His odds of improving on that tally is not promising this week if you just look at his track record at the Valero Texas Open. He is 0-for-4 here with just one round at par or better. On the bright side, only three of those missed cuts have come at the current venue, but Wheatcroft is still a long shot to throw his name into contention this week.
Mon, Apr 17, 2017 09:52:00 PM

World No. 402 Steve Wheatcroft withdrew after Round 2 of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. UPDATE: Wheatcroft returned from injury at the Valspar Championship where he open qualified and signed a 4-over 72 in round one.

At press time, no reason has been supplied for the 38-year-old's third mid-tournament WD in 137 career starts, first since the 2012 True South Classic (now Sanderson Farms). This was his sixth visit to Pebble Beach, cashing one time, a T51 in 2015. Playing this season on conditional status (137th in FedExCup last season), the Indiana Hoosier alum was 8-over thru 36 holes with 3-over 75 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and 5-over 76 at Monterey Peninsula CC. He was one of just 33 players to complete R2 on Friday, with the other 121 returning Saturday morning, but decided to call it quits before playing his third round (scheduled 54-hole cut). UPDATE: Wheatcroft updated his fans via Twitter saying, "Hate to WD from Pebble, but caught the virus my son had last week and can't play thru it anymore." Gamers should not expect this to be long-term.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 01:20:00 PM

After finishing 137th in the FedExCup standings last season, World No. 375 Steve Wheatcroft is playing 2016-17 on conditional status.

The Pennsylvania native logged three top 25s last season in 26 events, two for top 10s, including a tied-season-best T5 at the RBC Canadian Open where he matched a career-best 64 in the third round. He attempted to regain full-exempt status, playing in all three Tour Finals events, but ended up 50th in Finals' money after cashing a T46 and a T18. The 38-year-old got just two starts during the fall portion of the wraparound schedule, posting a T29 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms and a T45 at The RSM Classic on rounds of 70-67-70-68.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft stalled out to a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in today's final round of the RBC Canadian Open for a four-day total of 10-under 278, down one spot into a four-way T5, two back of champion Jhonattan Vegas.

The 38-year-old was chasing his maiden TOUR title in his 130th career start, beginning the finale on 7-under (T4), two shy of 54-hole leader Brandt Snedeker. Playing out of the penultimate twosome with FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson, he briefly took the lead on 10-under total after his third birdie of the round on the par-4 eighth. After birdies at Nos. 13 and 15 (from 23'5"), the Pennsylvania native co-led on 12-under with Vegas, who was in the clubhouse. He failed to birdie the par-5 16th, couldn't convert a sand save at the 17th, and then skulled his third from a greenside bunker at the par-5 18th over the green and into the water, eventually squaring 6 and a bogey-bogey finish. This was Wheatcroft's fifth RBC appearance with a previous best of T13 in 2010 (St. George's G&CC), and just his second top 10 of the season in 23 events, matching a T5 at the Barracuda two starts ago.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft styled a career-tying-low 8-under-par 32-32=64 in today's third round of the RBC Canadian Open, setting the 36-hole clubhouse mark at 7-under 209 and posting the low round of the week. UPDATE: With play completed, Wheatcroft is in a two-way T4, two back of 54-hole leader Brandt Snedeker.

The 38-year-old was playing his 368th career round on TOUR and this matches the 64 he shot in 2012 at the Greenbrier, also in the third round. He began the day on 1-over (T47), one inside the cut line after opening his fifth RBC appearance in 68-77. The Indiana University alum went 13 strokes lower than yesterday, overshadowing bogeys on Nos. 2 and 15 with eight birdies and a walk-off eagle-3 from 42'10". His card featured three sets of back-to-back birdies and he capped with a birdie-birdie-eagle finish. The Pennsylvania native peppered 14 greens in regulation, circling seven par breakers the conventional way and adding birdie-2s at the eighth from 25'8" away in the fringe and a pitch-in 40'6" from the target at the 12th. He gained 5.815 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.962 SG: Putting.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft breezed through Glen Abbey Golf Club with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the RBC Canadian Open, two off the early pace set by leader Luke List.

Wheatcroft opened the day by wedging his 92-yard approach to 3'3" for an easy birdie. He traded a bogey at 3 with a birdie at 4 before saving par from 6'5" at the sixth and 13'8" at the seventh. The real highlight of the round came at the closing par-5 18th, belting a 352-yard drive and sticking his 159-yard approach to 5'8" before rolling in the eagle. This round was all orchestrated off the tee, striping 10 (of 14) fairways despite the field averaging just over six fairways hit. Wheatcroft is making his second appearance at Glen Abbey, finishing T58 last year.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft closed out his fifth playing of the Barracuda Championship with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 to collect five points, reaching 32 on the week, good for a T5 finish.

Wheatcroft warmed up his putter ahead of the finale and it stayed hot throughout the round. He splashed in five putts from outside 12 feet, including a 48'11" par saver at the par-4 14th hole. Considering the Modified Stableford scoring that rewards birdies, he was able to lean on that putter and survive a strokes gained tee-to-green number of -1.738 for the round. This will go in the books as his first finish inside the top 35 in Reno, a fourth career top 10 on the PGA TOUR, first since the 2015 John Deere Classic.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 09:54:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft signed for a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after today's third round of the Barracuda Championship to collect nine points and reach 27 points total, up two spots to solo fifth with play still in progress.

The 38-year-old got off to a rough start, hitting an errant tee shot on the first hole, taking a penalty drop and eventually squaring bogey-5. He righted the ship immediately with a bounce-back birdie on the par-5 second and added back-to-back circles on 4 and 5, each dropping from inside of eight feet, and then canned a zero-putt version from the fringe at the par-5 eight to turn with +7 points. The Pennsylvania native stalled out with five pars and bogeys at 11 and 16, the latter a 3-putt from 46 feet, before a birdie-birdie finish got him back on the right track.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 10:08:00 PM

Steve Wheatcroft torched Montrêux Golf and Country Club with a 5-under-par 34-33=67, collecting 13 points during round two of the Barracuda Championship to reach 18 points on the week.

Wheatcroft wasn't on point with his irons today, losing 2.529 strokes approaching-the-green, but he made up for his with a magician-like short game. He bombed in four putts from outside 13 feet and also holed out from a greenside bunker at the par-3 16th hole. Overall, he gained 6.717 strokes on and around-the-greens. Wheatcroft wasn't perfect, though, as he found water off the tee leading to a double bogey at the par-3 seventh hole. He also squared two other bogeys but those were easily offset by the remarkable nine-pack of birdies. This is Wheatcroft's fifth appearance in Reno with a previous best of T39 (2010).
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 09:46:00 PM