|Full name||Paul David Goydos|
|Born||June 20, 1964|
Long Beach, California
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Coto de Caza, California|
|College||Long Beach State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
Ben Hogan Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||5|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1996, 2007|
|U.S. Open||T12: 1999|
|The Open Championship||72nd: 2009|
|PGA Championship||T29: 1997|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Ryder Cup
- 4 Awards
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Professional wins (10)
- 7 Results in major championships
- 8 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Goydos was born and raised in Long Beach, California and is the youngest of three brothers. He began golfing at a very young age, winning his local course championship while still in junior high school. He attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, and went on to attend Long Beach State University on a golf scholarship. He graduated with a BA in finance and worked for a short time as a substitute teacher at an inner city high school. He turned pro in 1989 and started out as a struggling mini-tour player, supplementing his income by continuing to work as a substitute teacher.
Goydos won two PGA Tour events – the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii. He has amassed more than 40 top-10 finishes and has more than $10 million in career earnings. His best finish in a major was a T-12 at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Goydos had only two starts in 2004, both coming at the end of the year, because of sinus surgery and hip problems; he played in 2005 under a Major Medical Exemption. His victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2007 elevated Goydos into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Goydos played in six events in 2012 before bone spurs in his left wrist and subsequent surgery forced him out of action for 15 months. He missed the cut in two events in 2013. He started the 2014 season on a Major Medical Extension, but was unable to satisfy the requirements and was demoted to the Past Champions category. At the same time, Goydos became eligible for the Champions Tour.
PGA Tour Champions career
On September 21, 2014, he earned his first Champions Tour victory in the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship with a tournament record score of 19-under-par. He became the eighth player to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored major tours (PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, and Champions Tour).
On July 10, 2016, he won his third PGA Tour Champions event, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York. He shot 67-66-69, to win by two shots over Wes Short, Jr. The signature shot for the tournament was his drive of the sub-300 yard, par-4 16th hole, in which on Saturday, his drive landed less than 10 feet from the hole and he would make the putt for an eagle 2. With this victory, in addition to earning a $300,000 first prize check, vaulted him to collect over 15 million dollars from his combined earnings on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.
He would win his fourth PGA Tour Champions event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship by posting scores of 62-67-66 to hold off the late charges of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie. This win put him over the million dollar mark in earnings for the second consecutive year, and he finished the overall Charles Schwab Cup Championship points chase in third place.
At the end of July 2017, Goydos had two top-10 finishes to his credit for the season. During the first round of the 3M Championship, he shot a 2-under-par 70, but over the weekend, he had rounds of 60 (a course record) and 66 to finish at 20-under-par and in a tie with Gene Sauers. Then on the first playoff hole, Sauers hit his second shot in the water and had to take a drop. With Goydos safely on in two shots, he two-putted for a birdie and his fifth win on the PGA Tour Champions. For his last 37 holes played, he shot 19-under-par. By the end of 2017, he had earned $878,168 for the season; which was good enough to finish in the top 20 of the 2017 PGA Tour Champions Tour money list (19 place overall).
In the 2018 season, Goydos had a very solid year of performance which included seven top-10 finishes, amassing over 1 million dollars earned (for the third time in four full seasons on the tour), and finishing the Charles Schwab Cup standings in 12th place. As of the end of the 2018 season, he has earned just under five million dollars in his PGA Tour Champions career ($4,997,332).
Goydos was inducted into the inaugural class of the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Long Beach State 49er Athletic Hall of Fame the same year. The golf ball that was used when he shot 59 is at the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Goydos has two children, Chelsea and Courtney. Ex-wife Wendy (Medak) died of a possible drug overdose (pending toxicology report) while attempting to treat migraines in 2009.
Professional wins (10)
PGA Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Mar 17, 1996||Bay Hill Invitational||−13 (67-74-67-67=275)||1 stroke||Jeff Maggert|
|2||Jan 14, 2007||Sony Open in Hawaii||−14 (66-63-70-67=266)||1 stroke||Luke Donald, Charles Howell III|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2008||The Players Championship||Sergio García||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Ben Hogan Tour wins (1)
Other wins (2)
- 1990 Long Beach Open
- 1996 EA Sports Challenge Championship
PGA Tour Champions wins (5)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Sep 21, 2014||Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship||−19 (66-63-68=197)||1 stroke||Scott Dunlap, Fred Funk|
|2||Feb 8, 2015||Allianz Championship||−12 (66-69-69=204)||1 stroke||Gene Sauers|
|3||Jul 10, 2016||Dick's Sporting Goods Open||−14 (67-66-69=202)||2 strokes||Wes Short, Jr.|
|4||Nov 13, 2016||Charles Schwab Cup Championship||−15 (62-67-66=195)||2 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|5||Aug 6, 2017||3M Championship||−20 (70-60-66=196)||Playoff||Gene Sauers|
PGA Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2017||3M Championship||Gene Sauers||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||CUT||72||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1996 PGA – 1999 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64|
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
- 1992 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 1993 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 2002 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- "Paul Goydos". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Goydos shoots fourth 59 in tour history". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- "Paul Goydos profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
- "Ryder Cup: Clarke, McGinley and Bjorn are vice-captains". BBC Sport. July 20, 2010.
- Feinstein, John (May 2009). "'A real-life tragedy'". Golf Digest.