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.
|Full name||William Patrick Zalatoris|
|Born||August 16, 1996|
San Francisco, California
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|College||Wake Forest University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Korn Ferry Tour|
|Highest ranking||12 (June 19, 2022)|
(as of June 19, 2022)
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||2nd: 2021|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 2022|
|U.S. Open||T2: 2022|
|The Open Championship||WD: 2021|
|Achievements and awards|
Representing Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Zalatoris won the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 2014. He attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and was named ACC Player of the Year in 2017. 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. He left school after his junior year to turn professional.
Zalatoris turned professional in 2018 but failed to make it past First Stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Q School. 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.
Zalatoris' first professional victory came in July 2020, when he narrowly won the TPC Colorado Championship by one stroke. 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, 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. 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.
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.
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.
- 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur
- 2016 Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur
- 2017 General Hackler Championship, Rod Myers Invitational
Professional wins (1)
Korn Ferry Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||Jul 4, 2020||TPC Colorado Championship||−15 (67-67-70-69=273)||1 stroke||Chase Johnson|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||2022||Farmers Insurance Open||Luke List||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2022||PGA Championship||Justin Thomas||Lost three-hole aggregate playoff;|
Thomas: −2 (4-3-4=11),
Zalatoris: x (4-4-x=x)
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2022||PGA Championship||Justin Thomas||Lost 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.
|The Open Championship||NT||WD|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
WD = withdrew
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice, current)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T17||T26|
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
1Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
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
- The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship: 2015 (winners)
- Arnold Palmer Cup: 2016
- Walker Cup: 2017 (winners)
- "Week 25 2022 Ending 19 Jun 2022" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
- Wildhack, Sean (April 3, 2020). "Zalatoris, Riley progress from U.S. Junior finalists to roommates". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "Will Zalatoris Named ACC Player of the Year". godeacs.com. May 11, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- "Meet the USA Walker Cup team". USGA. August 21, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
- 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.
- "First Stage – The Woodlands, TX". BlueGolf. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
- "Will Zalatoris Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gray, Will (September 21, 2020). "Will Zalatoris surpasses KFT season earnings with U.S. Open T-6". Golf Channel. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
- "Golfer Will Zalatoris is PGA Tour rookie of the year". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2021.
- 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.
- Ferguson, Doug (May 22, 2022). "Thomas wins 2nd PGA title in playoff after 7-shot rally". Associated Press. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
- "Will Zalatoris". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved September 20, 2020.