2008 Ryder Cup Matches | Scott Verplank Profile

Scott Verplank played for Team USA in the Ryder Cup Matches in 2002 and 2006. At the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches, he became the first ever US player to hit a hole-in-one – a feat he achieved on the 14th hole, in a singles match against Padraig Harrington. For 2008, he currently ranks among the top 20 on the Ryder Cup points list.

Scott Verplank was born in Dallas, Texas. He led his high school golf team and, while still a student at the Oklahoma State University, won the 1985 Western Open through a playoff with Jim Thorpe. This made Verplank the first amateur golfer to win a PGA Tour event since 1956, when Doug Sanders won the Canadian Open.

In 1986, Scott Verplank turned pro and, in the same year, won the NCAA individual title. In 2002, he was given the Ben Hogan Award, for his continued performance in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness – he suffers from diabetes.

In 1998, Verplank won the World Cup of Golf, and in 2003, he won the unofficial Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge with Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson.

Verplank has gone on to earn a total of five PGA Tour events, and has ranked within the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings. His most recent win was the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where he defeated Luke Donald by one stroke.

For the 2007 PGA Tour season, Scott Verplank finished 12th on the PGA Tour, with earnings of $3,114,289. Some of his best results for the year – aside from his win of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship – included third position in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, fifth in the Buick Open and in the TOUR Championship, and seventh in the US Open Championship.

Scott Verplank’s PGA Tour Wins (5)

  • 1985 (amateur): Western Open, in a playoff with Jim Thorpe
  • 1988: Buick Open, by two strokes (runner-up: Doug Tewell)
  • 2000: Reno-Tahoe Open, in a playoff with Jean van de Velde
  • 2001: Bell Canadian Open, by two strokes (runners-up: Joey Sindelar, Bob Estes)
  • 2007: EDS Byron Nelson Championship, by three strokes (runner-up: Luke Donald)