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William Patrick Zalatoris (born August 16, 1996) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He won the 2020 TPC Colorado Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour. He finished second in the 2021 Masters Tournament, while making his debut.

Will Zalatoris
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Patrick Zalatoris
Born (1996-08-16) August 16, 1996 (age 25)
San Francisco, California
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidencePlano, Texas
PartnerCaitlin Sellers
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional2018
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s)Korn Ferry Tour
Professional wins1
Highest ranking12 (June 19, 2022)[1]
(as of June 19, 2022)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 2021
PGA Championship2nd: 2022
U.S. OpenT2: 2022
The Open ChampionshipWD: 2021
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2021

College career

Representing Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Zalatoris won the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 2014.[2] He attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and was named ACC Player of the Year in 2017.[3] He was also a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2017, teammates with future PGA Tour winners Collin Morikawa and Cameron Champ.[4] He left school after his junior year to turn professional.[5]

Professional career

Zalatoris turned professional in 2018 but failed to make it past First Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Q School.[6] With no status in 2019, Zalatoris relied on Monday qualifying and sponsor exemptions to play in Korn Ferry Tour events. He secured membership for the remainder of the season on July 7 after a tie for third at the LECOM Health Challenge, and finished the regular season 60th in points, earning full status for the 2020 season.[7]

Zalatoris' first professional victory came in July 2020, when he narrowly won the TPC Colorado Championship by one stroke.[8] The win moved him to the leader on the Korn Ferry Tour points list and qualified him for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. At the U.S. Open, he aced the par-3 7th hole during the first round, very nearly replicating it six holes later,[9] and tied for sixth place, at five-over par, alongside world number one Dustin Johnson; it was his first top-10 finish in a major championship.[10] He followed it up with a T8 at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, and secured Special Temporary Member status after the Bermuda Championship in early November.

In April 2021, Zalatoris was second in the Masters Tournament with a score of 9-under-par, finishing one stroke behind champion Hideki Matsuyama, the first male Japanese player to win a major. Zalatoris was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2020–21 season.[11]

In January 2022, Zalatoris tied for the lead of the Farmers Insurance Open after 72 holes. He lost a sudden-death playoff to Luke List when List hit his approach shot to a foot away from the first playoff hole and made birdie.[12]

In May 2022, Zalatoris finished second in a major championship for the second time. He lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[13]

In June 2022, Zalatoris had another second place in a major championship. He finished tied with Scottie Scheffler at the U.S. Open behind Matt Fitzpatrick at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Amateur wins

Source:[14]

Professional wins (1)

Korn Ferry Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Jul 4, 2020TPC Colorado Championship−15 (67-67-70-69=273)1 stroke  Chase Johnson

Playoff record

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12022Farmers Insurance Open  Luke ListLost to birdie on first extra hole
22022PGA Championship  Justin ThomasLost three-hole aggregate playoff;
Thomas: −2 (4-3-4=11),
Zalatoris: x (4-4-x=x)

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12022PGA Championship  Justin ThomasLost three-hole aggregate playoff;
Thomas: −2 (4-3-4=11),
Zalatoris: x (4-4-x=x)

Results in major championships

Results not in chronological order before 2019 and in 2020.

Tournament20182019202020212022
Masters Tournament2T6
PGA ChampionshipT82
U.S. OpenCUTT6CUTT2
The Open ChampionshipNTWD
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament01012222
PGA Championship01012222
U.S. Open01012242
The Open Championship00000010
Totals03036696
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice, current)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament20212022
The Players ChampionshipT17T26

"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament20212022
ChampionshipT22
Match PlayT28QF
InvitationalT8
ChampionsNT1

1Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Top 10

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022.

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

See also

References

  1. ^ "Week 25 2022 Ending 19 Jun 2022" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Wildhack, Sean (April 3, 2020). "Zalatoris, Riley progress from U.S. Junior finalists to roommates". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Will Zalatoris Named ACC Player of the Year". godeacs.com. May 11, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Meet the USA Walker Cup team". USGA. August 21, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Dell, John (July 1, 2020). "Will Zalatoris, a former Wake Forest star, hitting his stride on the Korn Ferry Tour". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "First Stage – The Woodlands, TX". BlueGolf. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Will Zalatoris Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Romine, Brentley (July 4, 2020). "Will Zalatoris wrote his caddie a check for the winner's share, then went and won". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  9. ^ Kelly, Todd (September 17, 2020). "U.S. Open: Will Zalatoris makes hole-in-one, almost does it again later in round". USA Today. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  10. ^ Gray, Will (September 21, 2020). "Will Zalatoris surpasses KFT season earnings with U.S. Open T-6". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "Golfer Will Zalatoris is PGA Tour rookie of the year". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Kelly, Todd (January 29, 2022). "Luke List beats Will Zalatoris in a playoff at Farmers Insurance Open for first PGA Tour win". Golfweek. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  13. ^ Ferguson, Doug (May 22, 2022). "Thomas wins 2nd PGA title in playoff after 7-shot rally". Associated Press. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  14. ^ "Will Zalatoris". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved September 20, 2020.

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