Name:William Patrick Zalatoris
Born:August 16, 1996 in San Francisco, California.
Walker Cup player (2017). US Junior Amateur Champion (2014). Winner on the PGA Tour. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2021).
In a very successful amateur career Zalatoris attended and played golf for Wake Forest University in North Carolina (the "Demon Deacons"). Among many prestigious amateur honours, he won the 2014 US Junior Amateur Championship. In 2017 he played in the successful USA Walker Cup team, and was also named that year's Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year.
Having turned professional in 2018, Zalatoris shot to prominence with his second place finish in the 2021 Masters Tournament. He followed this with further major championship runner-up performances in 2022, in the PGA Championship (losing in a playoff to Justin Thomas) and in the US Open (losing by 1 shot to England's Matt Fitzpatrick). His first PGA Tour win came in the FedEx St Jude Championship, hot on the heels of his near-winning performances in the 2022 majors.
Played as FedEx St Jude Championship (Aug 11-14; the first of three FedExCup playoff events, formerly called The Northern Trust). 26-year-old Will Zalatoris (USA) beat Sepp Straka (Aut) with a bogie at the third playoff hole (par-3 11th), to record his first PGA Tour win in his 56th start on the Tour. The win pushed Zalatoris into the world Top 10 of male professional golfers for the first time. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].
25-year-old Will Zalatoris (USA) won the PGA Tour 2021 Rookie of the Year Award (Arnold Palmer Award), based on the votes of his peers. Zalatoris joined the PGA Tour as a special temporary member in November 2021. He did not feature in the 2021 FedEx Cup standings or the Tour's money list.
Played as the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship (67th) (July 23-26). Will Zalatoris (USA) beat David Riley (USA) 5 & 3 in the 36-hole final. [Nicklaus course, Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands, Texas].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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