Scott Verplank

Scott Verplank - USA Ryder Cup Team

Scott VerplankScott Verplank has been one of the USPGA Tour’s solid players, without ever being one to make too many headlines. That said he shot to golfing prominence as an amateur,when winning the Western Open in 1984. He was the first amateur to win a PGA Tour event for almost 30 years. That same year, Scott also won the US Amateur Title.

He eventually turned professional in 1986 and has won a total of 5 PGA Titles. He has however been a consistent golfer and although not winning a Major Title as yet, he has featured prominently in all four of them over the years. He has regularly featured in the Top 20 of Golf and is currently ranked 32nd.

Scott suffer’s from diabetes and in 2002 he won the Ben Hogan award for continuing to be active in golf despite a physical handicap. The award was decided by the Golf Writers Association of America.

During the Ryder Cup in 2006, Scott hit a hole in one when playing his singles match against Padraig Hamilton and in so doing became the first American to do so in the Ryder Cup. He went on to win his singles against Harrington. In fact he has a very good Ryder Cup record. Although only making the team twice, in 2002 and 2006, Scott is unbeaten in singles and has won two of his three doubles matches.

His best performances in Majors have been: 8th in the US Masters in 2003, 7th in the US Open in 2007 and 10th in 2003, 7th in the British Open in 2004, 7th in the USPGA in 2001 and 9th in 2007.