Woody Austin

Born Jan 27, 1964
Nationality United States United States

Woody Austin is a native of Tampa, Florida and enrolled at the University of Miami graduating with a degree in Business Administration. He turned professional in 1986 and played in Japan from 1989 to 1990.

In 1994, he won the Waterloo Open Golf Classic paving a way for his PGA Tour card in 1994 by winning the Qualifying Tournament that year. By 1995, he was named Rookie of the Year with a win over Mike Brisky at the Buick Open and $216,000 in prize money.

In 1996, he placed T3 in the Buick Open and earned top 10 finishes in five events. The next year, he lost his PGA Tour card and reclaimed it in 1998 by playing in the Nationwide Tour and placing eight on the money list.

Austin performed better in the 1999 PGA Tour finishing T9 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He continued playing on the Tour the next year finishing T7 at the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open and T4 at the Buick Open where he collected a total $485, 589 in record earnings.

In 2001, he finished T16 in the National Car Rental Golf Classic and a T8 at the John Deere Classic retaining his Tour card privileges for the following year. He finished T10 at the 2002 Reno-Tahoe Open and the following year, crossed the $1 million mark in his career. He also placed second on the MCI Heritage losing to Davis Love III.

In 2004, he was the Buick Open Champion, his second victory on the Tour. At the 2005 Valero Texas Open, he finished with a T3 scoring average. 2007 was a great year for Austin winning the Stanford St. Jude Championship and placing T2 at the Buick Open. He also placed second to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship. He again finished T2 at the 2008 Buick Open and T5 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships.

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