Jhonattan Vegas is a professional golf player who is well-known for competing in the Olympics twice. Vegas became a professional golfer in 2008 and he debuted on the Nationwide Tour in 2009.
Jhonattan Vegas was born and raised in Maturin, Venezuela, where he developed his interest and passion for golf. When he was in college, he attended the University of Texas to represent the university in golf competitions. After graduating, he went on to pursue golf as a professional career.
In 2009, he represented his country in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup alongside Alfredo Adrian. At the end of the competition, they both finished in 12th place.
In 2010, he joined a tournament called the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, making him the first Venezuelan to win a nationwide tour. By the following year, he attended the Bob Hope Classic and won his first-ever PGA Tour event by winning against Gary Woodland and Bill Haas in a sudden-death playoff. Because of this victory, he made history as he was the first Venezuelan to have ever won a PGA Tour event.
His victorious moment during the Bob Hope Classic earned him a ticket to the Masters alongside a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. He also went on to compete at the Farmers Insurance Open and finished 3rd place.
The 2014-15 season was one of his non-productive years as he joined the FedEx Cup and the Web.com Tour Finals, where he finished outside the Top 25. It is noted that he placed a drastic 153rd place during the FedEx Cup, which limits him to enter the PGA Tour. Fortunately, he regained his second chance when he won champion during the RBC Canadian Open. By the following year, he was able to defend his title successfully.
Tournament Wins and Achievements
- 2010 Preferred Health SystemsWichita Open
- 2010 Abierto Visa de la Republica
- 2011 Telus World Skins Game
- 2011 Bob Hope Classic
- 2016 RBC Canadian Open
2017 RBC Canadian Open