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Lauren Kim is the newest star of women’s golf. She joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) after a stunning student career at Stanford. While there, she helped steer the Stanford women’s team to its first National Championship and was awarded the First Team All-American honour three times.
Kim emerged as a leader on the Stanford team, demonstrating a natural ability to bring out the best in her teammates as well as a passion for mentoring other young women to pursue golf in college.
What did Matt Kuchar do when he needed to take his game to the next level? He defied convention and completely reinvented his swing. Starting with a clean slate, Kuchar committed to the change and has since established himself as one of the world’s top golfers.
A seven-time PGA TOUR winner and one of the sport’s top competitors, Kuchar is off to a strong start this season with four top-25 finishes already under his belt. Last year, Kuchar continued his established consistency on the course with 14 top-25 finishes, including 10 tournaments inside the top 10. His victory at the 2014 RBC Heritage came following top-5 finishes in each of the previous three tournaments, including a tie for fifth at the Masters.
Kuchar’s career highlights also include six additional PGA TOUR titles, and he is one of only three players to have won THE PLAYERS Championship, a World Golf Championships (WGC) title, and a PGA TOUR play-off event.
He has also competed on every US Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team since 2010. Kuchar’s memorable 2010 campaign was marked by his achievement of more top-10 finishes (11) than any other golfer as well as his first Ryder Cup selection. He also earned numerous accolades that year, including the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average, as well as the PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Award for finishing first on the Money List.
Prior to turning pro in 2000, Kuchar graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time, first-team All-American golfer. He was the US Amateur champion in 1997 and received the 1998 Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Additionally, Kuchar was the low amateur at both the Masters and the US Open in 1998. A native of Winter Park, Florida, he currently resides in Sea Island, Georgia, with his wife and two sons.
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In his almost 30-year career, Davis Love III has racked up 21 wins on the PGA TOUR, including the 1997 PGA Championship. He also won the prestigious PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. With 178 top-10 finishes, Love is sixth on the PGA TOUR All-Time Money List. He was captain of both the 2012 and 2016 USA Ryder Cup teams. In 2005, he established the Davis Love Foundation to help support at-risk children and families.
In 2010, the foundation partnered with the PGA TOUR to become the host organisation of the McGladrey Classic, which has raised more than $1.8 million in four years for children and families in need. Nicknamed “DL3”, Love is included in Golf Digest’s Top 30 Good Guys poll – decided by peers, tournament directors, volunteers, and golf executives.
Now in his 25th season on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson ranks ninth in career victories, including five major championships, and second in career earnings. He was inducted by the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
He has also been a leader in charitable activity. The “Birdies for the Brave” programme he created in 2002 to support military charities was adopted by the PGA Tour four years later.
Phil has remained an important face of the effort that has raised tens of millions of dollars for veterans and their families.
Phil began hitting balls at 18 months after sitting opposite his father who swung right-handed in their backyard. When he first took the club in his hand he mirrored the swing, resisting any of his father’s effort to have him hit right-handed. Hence the natural right-handers’ nickname, Lefty.
For most of his life, Brandt Snedeker played, practised and analysed the game of golf – it was everything to him. He was, in a word, obsessed. But despite his singular focus, success remained elusive.
In 2011, after his first child was born, Snedeker had an epiphany. He realised there was more to life than golf, so he made a huge change. He began to focus on balancing his work and his life. He cites this change as the catalyst for increased success on the course, including several tournament wins.
Snedeker is currently the 15th ranked golfer in the world and in his 13th full season on the PGA TOUR.
On 31 January 2016, he won the Farmers Insurance Open – his eighth PGA TOUR victory – and in 2015, won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Snedeker enjoyed exceptional years in 2012 and 2013, which included victories at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, RBC Canadian Open, Farmers Insurance Open, the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and the 2012 FedExCup. He was also named in his first Ryder Cup team in 2012. Snedeker currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two young kids.