Born: January 5, 1969
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in
College: Indiana University
Turned Pro: 1992
After his parents bought a home on a golf course in Memphis when he was a child, Shawn Micheel learned how to play the game. He became skilled enough to play collegiate golf at Indiana University.
He turned pro after college in 1992 and bounced between the PGA Tour, the Nike Tour (now Web.com) and the Asian Tour.
When he arrived at the 2003 PGA Championship, he wasn’t on anyone’s short list of favorites to take the Wannamaker Trophy home. In fact, his Official World Golf Ranking at the time was 169th. Undeterred, Micheel shot opening rounds of 69 and 68 at a brutal Oak Hill Country Club layout. With a three-shot lead entering Saturday’s third round (known as “moving day” by tour pros), Micheel fired one under par 69. He entered the final round tied with Chad Campbell. A clutch iron shot on the 18thhole secured a two-shot victory over Campbell.
Micheel still struggled finding consistency in his game. Then in August 2006, once again at the PGA, Micheel made a serious run at this second Major. He wound up runner-up to Tiger Woods. He made nine cuts in a row that season and finished inside the top 50 on the year-end money list. Micheel’s first and 2nd place finishes in the PGA Championship remain his only two top-10’s in more than 375 PGA Tour starts.
Micheel last played a full season on the PGA Tour in 2011. He played a combination of PGA events (through sponsor’s exemptions or Monday qualifying) and Web.com events since 2012.
Micheel was treated for low testosterone in 2005. In 2014, he had four stents placed in his chest after heart-attack type symptoms.