Name:Rory Mario Trevor Sabbatini
Born:April 2, 1976 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, S Africa.
Multiple PGA Tour and international tour winner.
Sabbatini was born in South Africa, and claims Italian, Scottish and Irish ancestry. He also has a UK passport and US citizenship. In 2019 he changed his main citizenship from South Africa to Slovakia, the home country of his wife and stepson.
Played as the QBE Shootout (Dec 13-15; two-man teams over three rounds: 1-scramble; 2-alternate shot; 3-better ball). Second-placed Jason Kokrak (USA) & James Tyree "J.T." Poston (USA) finished 1 shot behind Rory Sabbatini (RSA/Slov) & Kevin Tway (USA), who each won $435,000. [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the Honda Classic (March 3-6). Second-placed Yong-eun "Y.E." Yang (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Sabbatini (RSA), who claimed his sixth PGA Tour title. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
Played as the HP Byron Nelson Championship (May 21-24). Second-placed Brian Davis (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Sabbatini (RSA). [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].
Played as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (May 24-27). Rory Sabbatini (RSA) beat Jim Furyk (USA) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 16-19). Second-placed and defending champion Adam Scott (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Sabbatini (RSA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
Played as the FBR Capital Open (June 5-8; formerly the Kemper Open; new sponsor: investment bankers Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group). Second-placed Duffy Waldorf (USA), Joe Durant (USA) and Fred Funk (USA) finished 2 shots behind Rory Sabbatini (RSA), who recorded his second PGA Tour event. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC. At the time known as TPC Avenel].
Played as the Air Canada Championship (Aug 31-Sep 3). Second-placed Grant Waite (NZ) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Rory Sabbatini (RSA). [Ridge course, Northview G&CC, Surrey, Vancouver].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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