5 Quick Things To Know About Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger leads the FedEx St. Classic by 3 strokes. The 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year is at 9-under par, heading into weekend play in Memphis at TPC Southwind. PGA TOUR/WYNDHAM

Here are some quick facts about the 23 year-old pro, from Plantation, Florida.

1. Amateur Career

  • Member of the winning 2013 Palmer Cup Team.
  • Individual runner-up to Max Homa at the 2013 NCAA Championship.
  • The No. 1-ranked in the state of Florida in the 2011 high school graduating class.

2. 2014 U.S. Open

  • Next week will be his second appearance at the US Open. He qualified for the 2014 version, at Pinehurst and made some noise in the final round by shooting a 4-under 66, finishing at T-28. Father’s Day Sunday got a bit emotional for him. On the 18th, after putting his approach shot to 4 feet, Berger’s caddie, Sam, invited Jay Berger inside the ropes. Jay, a former tennis pro, picked up the bag, put on the caddie bib walked the final few yards with his son. After dropping his birdie putt, they shared a big hug on the green.

3. Rookie Season

  • Named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2014-15) with two top 5s and six top 10s.
  • Only rookie to advance to the Tour Championship by Coco-Cola. He finished T-12 at Atlanta and ended the season ranked 11th in the FedEx Cup standings.
  • At the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational, he posted a 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the fours par-5s in the third round. At the 6th he holed from 237 yards with a 4 iron.

4. 2016 Masters

  • At his first appearance at Augusta, he finished T-10 and ended the tournament at 1-over 289.

5. Career Best Finishes

  • 2nd – 2015 Honda Classic. Started the final day 9 shots behind leader Ian Poulter, Berger posted a 6-under 64 to hold the clubhouse lead at 6-under 274. He was matched by Padraig Harrington who sank a 15-feet birdie putt on the 72nd Hole. He lost on the 2nd Playoff Hole.
  •  2nd – 2015 BMW Championship. Ended the final round 6 shots behind winner Jason Day.

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