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.