Residence: McKinney, Texas
William ‘Todd’ Hamilton has had an extraordinary career. He turned professional in 1987 – but, unable to secure his PGA Tour card allowing him to play on the US professional circuit, he spent many years playing his trade outside his home country – predominately in Japan where between 1992 and 2003 he won an impressive 11 titles. Indeed, by the time he left the Japanese Tour, Hamilton had won more money on that tour than any other non-Japanese player, over ¥630million.
It wasn’t until 2003 After eight tries and at the age of 38 that he finally earned his PGA Tour Card and in 2004 he went on to win his first US event – the Honda Classic, beating Davis Love III by one stroke. But it is for what he did later the same year that he will always be remembered – beating Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon. These two victories in his first season on the PGA Tour led to Hamilton's being named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2004.
He has struggled since; with his best results in 2006 being a 10th place at the John Deere Classic. This form continued into 2007 and 2008 making approximately only 1 out of 2 cuts, not the form of a former major champion. 2008 was slightly better however his best finish was still only a tie for 18th at his last tournament of the year, the Ginn sur Mer Cassic.
Todd Hamilton Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Todd Hamilton throughout his career
Todd Hamilton Tournament History
2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational
26-29 March 2009 - Bay Hill Country Club and Lodge - This week marked the return of the Tiger Woods we all know and love. After 9 months out of action after re-constructive knew surgery - a birdie putt at the 72nd hole saw Tiger win as Bay Hill for a sixth time. Those familiar back-nine heroics and a putt that everyone knew he was going to drain saw the world number 1 come from 5 strokes back on the final day - equalling his career best comeback. This remarkable comeback must have been great to watch apart from the eyes of Sean O’Hair who Woods beat into second place.
In Todd Hamilton's bag...Former Open Champion Todd Hamilton has struggled in the early stages of the 2009 season. Making only one cut prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational expectations could not have been high. However opening rounds of 72 and then a 68 may have lifted these? But then Todd reverted back to the form of the rest of the season and a pair of 75’s over the weekend saw him fall into a tie of 59th. Since winning The Open Championship Todd has slipped from the lime light. This decline also seems to have affected his bag. with such a diverse array of clubs would lead us to believe that Todd no longer has a sponsorship deal. His driver and fairway are from the TaylorMade Burner TP family while his irons are the MP-67 model from Mizuno. There is another manufacturer thrown into teh fold with Cleveland providing Todd with his 588 Tour Action wedges.
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