Justin Leonard

Justin Leonard
Personal information
Full name Justin Charles Garrett Leonard
Born (1972-06-15) June 15, 1972
Dallas, Texas
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
Spouse Amanda
Children Reese, Avery, Luke, Skylar
College University of Texas
Turned professional 1994
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (past champion status; joined 1994)
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 12
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T7: 1997
U.S. Open T12: 2002
The Open Championship Won: 1997
PGA Championship 2nd/T2: 1997, 2004

Justin Charles Garrett Leonard (born June 15, 1972) is an American professional golfer.

Leonard was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Lake Highlands High School and graduated in 1990. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was the individual NCAA champion in 1994. He won the 1992 U.S. Amateur and was a two-time All-American in 1993 and 1994. He won the Haskins Award in 1994 as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. That same year Leonard became only the fourth golfer to go directly from college to the PGA Tour without going through Q School, after Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, and Phil Mickelson.

Leonard's wins on the PGA Tour included one of golf's four majors, the 1997 Open Championship, as well as the 1998 Players Championship. He ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 24 weeks in 1998 and 1999.[1] Leonard also had opportunities to win other major championships, notably at the 1999 Open Championship and the 2004 PGA Championship; in both instances he fell into a playoff with a bogey on the 72nd hole.

At the 1997 PGA Championship, Leonard was tied with Davis Love III for the 54-hole lead. Love shot a final round 66 to win by five shots over Leonard, who finished solo second. Leonard was ahead by three shots at the 54-hole mark of the 2002 PGA Championship before shooting a final round 77 and finishing tied for fourth.

Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1999, and 2008. In the 1999 event, Leonard made a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a remarkable comeback by the U.S. team on the final day. The victory was somewhat marred by the celebration following Leonard's putt, when other U.S. players, their wives, and a few fans ran onto the green even though Leonard's opponent, José María Olazábal, still had an opportunity to match Leonard on the hole.

Amateur wins (6)

Professional wins (13)

PGA Tour wins (12)

Major championships (1)
Players Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (10)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 4, 1996 Buick Open −22 (65-64-69-68=266) 5 strokes United States Chip Beck
2 Jun 8, 1997 Kemper Open −10 (69-69-69-67=274) 1 stroke United States Mark Wiebe
3 Jul 20, 1997 The Open Championship −12 (69-66-72-65=272) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik
4 Mar 29, 1998 The Players Championship −10 (72-69-70-67=278) 2 strokes United States Glen Day, United States Tom Lehman
5 Sep 24, 2000 Westin Texas Open at LaCantera −19 (64-68-65-64=261) 5 strokes United States Mark Wiebe
6 Sep 30, 2001 Texas Open at LaCantera (2) −18 (65-64-68-69=266) 2 strokes United States J. J. Henry, United States Matt Kuchar
7 Apr 21, 2002 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf −14 (67-64-66-73=270) 1 stroke United States Heath Slocum
8 Mar 16, 2003 The Honda Classic −24 (63-70-64-67=264) 1 stroke United States Chad Campbell, United States Davis Love III
9 Jan 30, 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −28 (66-67-68-64-67=332) 3 strokes South Africa Tim Clark, United States Joe Ogilvie
10 May 29, 2005 FedEx St. Jude Classic −14 (62-65-66-73=266) 1 stroke United States David Toms
11 Oct 7, 2007 Valero Texas Open (3) −19 (65-67-64-65=261) Playoff Sweden Jesper Parnevik
12 Jun 8, 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship (2) −4 (68-73-67-68=276) Playoff Australia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor Immelman

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

1 1996 Phoenix Open United States Phil Mickelson Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 1999 The Open Championship Scotland Paul Lawrie, France Jean van de Velde Lawrie won 4-hole aggregate playoff (Lawrie:15, Leonard:18, Van de Velde:18)
3 2002 Bell Canadian Open United States Neal Lancaster, United States John Rollins Rollins won with birdie on first extra hole
4 2004 PGA Championship United States Chris DiMarco, Fiji Vijay Singh Singh won 3-hole aggregate playoff (Singh:10, DiMarco:11, Leonard:11)
5 2007 Valero Texas Open Sweden Jesper Parnevik Won with birdie on third extra hole
6 2008 Stanford St. Jude Championship Australia Robert Allenby, South Africa Trevor Immelman Won with birdie on second extra hole
7 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic Trinidad and Tobago Canada Stephen Ames, United States George McNeill Ames won with par on second extra hole
Leonard eliminated with par on first hole

Other wins

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1997 The Open Championship 5 shot deficit −12 (69-66-72-65=272) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Jesper Parnevik

Results timeline

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP T27 T7 T8 T18
U.S. Open T68 LA DNP DNP T50 T36 T40 T15
The Open Championship CUT DNP T58 CUT 1 T57 T2
PGA Championship DNP DNP T8 T5 2 CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 T27 T20 CUT T35 T13 T39 DNP T20 CUT
U.S. Open T16 CUT T12 T20 CUT T23 CUT CUT T36 CUT
The Open Championship T41 CUT T14 CUT T16 T52 DNP CUT T16 T8
PGA Championship T41 T10 T4 CUT T2 CUT CUT CUT T58 T67
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T13 CUT CUT CUT

LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
DNP = did not play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 6 15 11
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 5 17 12
The Open Championship 1 1 0 2 3 7 22 11
PGA Championship 0 2 0 4 6 6 16 10
Totals 1 3 0 6 11 24 70 44

Results in World Golf Championship events

Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R32 R16 R64 R32 R64 R64 R64 DNP 4
CA Championship T11 T25 NT1 T11 DNP T28 T46 DNP DNP T34
Bridgestone Invitational 20 T2 DNP T28 T23 T50 T19 T31 T9 T20
Accenture Match Play Championship QF R64
CA Championship T9 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational 44 T22
HSBC Champions DNP DNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). OWGR. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
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