Paul Goydos

    Paul Goydos

    Height: 5 ft. 9 in 

    Weight: 190 lbs 

    Birthday:  06/20/1964

    College:  Long Beach State University

    Turned Pro: 1989

    Birthplace: Long Beach, California

    Country:  United States

    Sponsor: Taylor Made


    After graduating from Long Beach University in 1989, Goydos turned pro but was forced to work part time to sustain his touring career. His first season on the Nationwide Tour was in 1989 and he played some solid golf, having a total of four top 10s including a runner-up finish. The following year he won his first pro title at the Yuma Open on his way to ending the year 19th in the Nationwide Tour rankings. He successfully came through Q School to earn his PGA Tour playing rights for the 1993 season.

    He played 30 events in his rookie year, making the cut on 18 occasions and registering four top 25 finishes. His best result was a tie for 13th place at the Buick Classic. He would end his rookie year 152nd on the money list and would have to return to Q School to regain his card. His breakout year came in 1996 when Goydos captured his first PGA Tour title. This win came at the Bay Hill Invitational where he held off Jeff Maggert by a single stroke after shooting 67 on three of the four days. This was one of four top 10s for Goydos on his way to ending the year 44th on the money list.

    Despite finishing runner-up on a number of occasions, it wasn’t until 2007 that Goydos would win his second and last PGA Tour title. He won the Sony Open at the start of the season by one shot, a win that brought him into the top 50 in the World Rankings. The following season he narrowly lost out to Sergio Garcia at the Players Championship after a play-off. Goydos found water on the infamous 17th hole during the play-off to end his chances. In 2010, at the John Deere Classic, Goydos shot a round of 59, the oldest player to do so on the Tour and also only the fourth player to achieve the feat. Goydos became eligible for the Champions Tour in 2014 and won his fifth event, the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship.