Jhonattan Vegas

    Jhonattan Vegas

    Height: 6 ft. 3 in 

    Weight: 230 lbs 

    Birthday: 08/19/1984

    College: University of Texas

    Turned Pro: 2008

    Birthplace: Maturin, Venezuela

    Country:  Venezuela

    Sponsor: Nike

     

    After playing golf in the University of Texas, Vegas turned pro in 2008. He started playing on the Nationwide Tour. In his first season, he finished 63rd in the standings. Vegas earned a PGA Tour card for the 2011 season after he came 7th in the Nationwide Tour money list in 2010. He won the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open and also had two runner-up finishes.

    Vegas won his first PGA Tour title in his rookie season. The victory came in only his second event of the season, and fifth ever PGA Tour start at the five round Bob Hope Classic. He defeated Gary Woodland and Bill Haas in a play-off. Vegas became the first Venezuelan to ever win a PGA Tour card and shortly after, managed to become the first Venezuelan winner on Tour. This win gave him a two year exemption and an invite to the Masters. Vegas played well in his next tournament, finishing third at the Farmers Insurance Open. This made him the first ever rookie to have lead the FedEx Cup. He would have one more top 10 that season. He finished his rookie year 46th on the money list.

    The 2012 season was a challenging one. Vegas only managed two top 10 finishes and ended the year at 113th on the money list. He only managed to play three events in 2013 due to shoulder surgery. He had a medical exemption for the 2014 season and managed to secure his playing right after finishing in a tie for 3rd at the John Deere Classic. He ended 2014 at 122nd in the rankings.
     

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