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U.S. Open 2011: Rory Sabbatini starts strong

Rory Sabbatini has six PGA tour wins, but hasn’t done much in majors. (Darren Carroll/GETTY IMAGES)

So who is this guy?

DOB: 4-2-76.

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa.

Resides: Southlake, Tex.

Turned pro: 1998.

PGA Tour wins: 6 (2000 Air Canada Championship, 2003 FBR Capital Open, 2006 Nissan Open, 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational, 2009 Byron Nelson Championship, 2011 Honda Classic.

Career top 10 finishes: 55.

Career top 25 finishes: 98.

Best major finish: tied for second at 2007 Masters (Sabbatini has missed the cut in six of the last seven majors he’s played).

World Golf Ranking: 49th.

Oh, Rory: Sabbatini is perhaps known more for his temper than for his performance in majors (his second-place finish at the 2007 Masters was his only finish inside the top 20 finish in 36 majors). At the 2005 Booz Allen Classic, also at Congressional, “he became so frustrated with Ben Crane's pace of play that he played ahead on the 17th hole and walked to the 18th tee as Crane was still in the fairway,” AP reporter Doug Ferguson wrote in May in a story about Sabbatini's profanity-laced argument with Sean O’Hair at the Zurich Classic. He also has taken shots at Tiger Woods in the past.

Check out The Post’s U.S. Open coverage, which includes a leader board, hole-by-hole guide, tee times, spectator’s guide, photo gallery and live blog.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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