Paul Goydos

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Paul Goydos
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Paul David Goydos
Born (1964-06-20) June 20, 1964 (age 58)
Long Beach, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dove Canyon, California
Children Chelsea, Courtney
College Long Beach State University
Turned professional 1989
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2 Tour 1
Champions Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1996, 2007
U.S. Open T12: 1999
The Open Championship 72nd: 2009
PGA Championship T29: 1997

Paul David Goydos (born June 20, 1964) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

Early life

Goydos was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach State University and turned pro in 1989. He started out as a struggling mini-tour player supplementing his income as a substitute teacher.

Professional career

In 1991 and 1992, he played on the Nationwide Tour, earning one victory at the 1992 Ben Hogan Yuma Open. He earned his PGA Tour card for 1993 by going through Qualifying School.

Goydos has won two PGA Tour events – The 1996 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii. He has amassed more than 40 top-10 finishes and has more than $10 million in career earnings. His best finish in a major was a T-12 at the 1999 U.S. Open.[1]

Goydos had only two starts in 2004, both coming at the end of the year, because of sinus surgery and hip problems; he played in 2005 under a Major Medical Exemption. His victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2007 elevated Goydos into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Goydos lost in a playoff at The Players Championship in 2008 to Sergio García when he put his tee shot on the par-3 17th (the first playoff hole) in the water.

During the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic, Goydos became the fourth, and oldest player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59. His round included 12 birdies and 6 pars.[2]

Goydos played in six events in 2012 before bone spurts in his left wrist and subsequent surgery forced him out of action for 15 months. He missed the cut in two events in 2013. He started the 2014 season on a Major Medical Extension, but was unable to satisfy the requirements and was demoted to the Past Champions category. At the same time, Goydos became eligible for the Champions Tour. On September 21, 2014, he earned his first Champions Tour victory in the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship with a tournament record score of 19-under-par. He became the eighth player to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored major tours (PGA Tour, Tour, and Champions Tour). On February 8, 2015, he won his second Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida.[3]

Ryder Cup

Goydos has not played in the Ryder Cup but was selected by U.S. team captain Corey Pavin as one of his vice-captains for the 2010 event.[4]


Goydos was inducted into the inaugural class of the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Long Beach State 49er Athletic Hall of Fame the same year. The golf ball that was used when he shot 59 is at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Personal life

Goydos has two children, Chelsea and Courtney. Ex-wife Wendy (Medak) died of a possible drug overdose (pending toxicology report) while attempting to treat migraines in 2009.[5]

Professional wins (7)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 17, 1996 Bay Hill Invitational −13 (67-74-67-67=275) 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert
2 Jan 14, 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii −14 (66-63-70-67=266) 1 stroke England Luke Donald, United States Charles Howell III

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

Other wins (2)

  • 1990 Long Beach Open
  • 1996 EA Sports Challenge Championship

Champions Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 21, 2014 Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship −19 (66-63-68=197) 1 stroke United States Scott Dunlap, United States Fred Funk
2 Feb 8, 2015 Allianz Championship −12 (66-69-69=204) 1 stroke United States Gene Sauers

Results in major championships

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T44 T62 CUT T28 DNP T12
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T73 T29 T34 T31
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 72
Tournament 2010
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 6
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 23 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1996 PGA – 1999 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 2007
Accenture Match Play Championship R64
CA Championship T50
Bridgestone Invitational T74

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also


  1. "Paul Goydos". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved January 21, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Goydos shoots fourth 59 in tour history". ESPN. Associated Press. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Paul Goydos profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 29, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Ryder Cup: Clarke, McGinley and Bjorn are vice-captains BBC Sport, July 20, 2010
  5. Feinstein, John (May 2009). "'A real-life tragedy'". Golf Digest.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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