Shaun Micheel

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Shaun Micheel
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Shaun Carl Micheel
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 53)
Orlando, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Memphis, Tennessee
College Indiana University
Turned professional 1992
Former tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1994)
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Asian Tour 1 Tour 1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T22: 2004
U.S. Open T22: 2010
The Open Championship T35: 2007
PGA Championship Won: 2003

Shaun Carl Micheel (born January 5, 1969) is an American professional golfer who is best known for his surprise victory at the 2003 PGA Championship.

Micheel was born in Orlando, Florida. He attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee and Indiana University and turned professional in 1992. He taught himself how to play golf after his parents bought a home on a golf course in Memphis. He had a very patchy early career, during which he struggled to hold on to membership on the PGA Tour. His successes included a victory in the Singapore Open in 1998 and a win on the Nike Tour (now the Tour) in 1999.

He went into the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club ranked 169th in the Official World Golf Ranking, becoming one of the biggest underdogs to win a major in recent times. In the first two rounds, he shot 69-68 (−3) to take a two-shot lead over Billy Andrade and Mike Weir. A third round 69 put him at −4, tied for the lead with Chad Campbell and three shots clear of Weir. He shot a par 70 in the final round to defeat Campbell by two strokes.[1] That season, he finished 32nd on the money list. In 2004, he made the top 100 on the PGA Tour money list for the second time in his career, but he did not make the move up to being a regular high finisher. His career high world ranking is 36th, achieved in 2004.

In August 2006, Micheel returned to prominence when he finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club; he followed that with T7 two weeks later at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was also runner-up at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship, after defeating Woods in the first round. On the PGA Tour, he ended the year with nine consecutive cuts and placed in the top 50 on the money list.

Micheel is only the second golfer to make a double eagle (albatross) in U.S. Open history. It came on the 6th hole during the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open.[2]

Micheel is one of the few golfers to have a major as his only PGA Tour win.[3] Micheel leads the list with 386 starts through the end of 2015.

Medical issues

In April 2005, after experiencing months of fatigue, mood changes, and poor play, Micheel began treatment for low testosterone ("Low T", or hypogonadism). He claimed that his testosterone levels had declined to those of "a man in his mid-70s." [4] After beginning treatment, his testosterone levels returned to normal, and he reported that his drive and energy had also returned.[5] His condition was widely publicized during the coverage of the 2006 PGA Championship. On April 18, 2014, after having coped with inability to exercise without being short of breath, Micheel underwent heart surgery and had four stents inserted.[6]

Professional wins

PGA Tour

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Aug 17, 2003 PGA Championship −4 (69-68-69-70=276) 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell

Nike Tour


Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2003 PGA Championship Tied for lead −4 (69-68-69-70=276) 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell

Results timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T47 CUT CUT T35 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP 1 T24 CUT 2 T32 DNP CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T48 T74 CUT CUT CUT CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
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 0 1 5 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
PGA Championship 1 1 0 2 2 3 12 6
Totals 1 1 0 2 2 5 28 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2001 U.S. Open – 2004 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 DNP DNP R16
CA Championship T44 DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T23 T50 DNP DNP DNP

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. "PGA Championship (Aug 14–17, 2003) – Leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved April 15, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Greenstein, Teddy (June 20, 2010). "Double eagle lands at U.S. Open for Shaun Micheel". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Martin, Sean (August 5, 2013). "Players whose lone win was a major". PGA Tour.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kelly, Seth. "Shaun Michell won the PGA Championship in 2003 with one of the most dramatic shots in history". GolfOnline. Archived from the original on March 13, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Callahan, Tom (August 2006). "A hero's role that fit him to a T". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on October 30, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Schupak, Adam (June 2, 2014). "After heart surgery, Micheel tees it up at sectional". Golfweek.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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