Born: October 27, 1972
Birthplace: Pikeville, Kentucky
Height: 5 ft 8 in
College: University of Central Florida
Turned Pro: 1994
Robert Damron was born into a wealthy family that made their fortune in the coal mines of Kentucky. The family moved to Orlando and then to Bay Hill, Florida. Damron would go on to attend the University of Central Florida where he was a three-time All-American. Damron went on to become the first Central Florida graduate to become a full-time member of the PGA Tour.
Damron only won one tournament on the PGA Tour, but outside of a Major it was one of the more prestigious stops on the calendar – the Byron Nelson Classic at Colonial Country Club. Damron captured the Nelson in 2001 with a closing round 66. He finished tied with Scott Verplank after 72 holes and then dispatched Verplank with a birdie on the 4th hole of sudden death playoff.
Damron’s best performance in a Major was in the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. Damron fired opening rounds of 69 and 68 and was tied for 10th place going into the weekend. Damron faded slightly over the weekend but still finished in a tie for 20th place.
In his mid-30’s, Damron’s play slipped and he couldn’t retain his PGA Tour card. He began playing what is now the Web.com Tour. In 2008, he won the Athens Regional Foundation Classic, defeating current PGA member Greg Owen on the first hole of sudden death.
Damron played 20 events on the Web.com Tour in 2012, making 11 cuts but just $35,000 in earnings. He also played 7 PGA events in 2012, making 5 cuts and earning $30,673. Damron hasn’t played on the PGA Tour or the Web.com Tour over the past two seasons.