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Phil Mickelson

Since making his professional debut at the 1992 U.S. Open, former Arizona State University standout Phil Mickelson has won 43 events on the PGA TOUR.

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Phil Mickelson

Since making his professional debut at the 1992 U.S. Open, former Arizona State University standout Phil Mickelson has won 43 events on the PGA TOUR, including five Major championships: Three Masters titles, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship. He is one of only 16 players in the history of golf to win at least three of the four Majors and ranks second among active players. Recently, Phil passed Horton Smith to become 13th on the all-time wins list. Phil has been a member of 11 Ryder Cup teams and 12 Presidents Cups. Phil remains one of the most ardent supporters of our military. His father, Phil Sr., was a fighter jet pilot in the U.S. Navy who later flew commercial airlines.

Mickelson’s support of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

In January 2004, Phil and his wife, Amy, established the Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Foundation to fund causes with an emphasis on children, families and the military. As part of the Foundation, they created Birdies for the Brave to support combat-wounded veterans through the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Under the program, Phil donates $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle he makes during competition to SOWF. Through Phil and Amy’s vision and inspiration, Birdies for the Brave has grown exponentially under the stewardship of the PGA TOUR. Phil remains active in supporting the program, which has raised more than $20 million for 11 military homefront charities including SOWF.

Billy Hurley III

Billy Hurley III was a member of the victorious team in the 2005 Walker Cup and served as captain of the 2004 Palmer Cup Team.

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Billy Hurley III

Billy Hurley III was a member of the victorious American team in the 2005 Walker Cup and served as captain of the 2004 Palmer Cup Team. He won seven collegiate golf titles at Navy, was named 2004 Patriot League Player of the Year and was ranked the #6 best amateur in the world. Billy was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. After his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics, he was assigned to the USS Gettysburg, a guided-missile cruiser based in Mayport, Florida, where he was a combat electronic division officer. He also worked on a destroyer in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and spent time on the Red Sea and the South China Sea. In addition, he had an extended deployment in the Persian Gulf, where he held the position of guided missile destroyer’s force protection assistant aboard the USS Chung-Hoon (DDDG 93), which was charged with safeguarding two of the world’s largest oil platforms during the Iraq War. He won two ship-driving awards during his Naval career and also navigated the Suez Canal. After his Naval service ended in 2009, Billy turned his focus to golf. He earned his place on the Web.com Tour in 2011, finishing the season in 25th place and becoming the first Naval Academy graduate to earn a PGA TOUR Card. He has continued to be a strong competitor on the TOUR, winning the 2016 Quicken Loans National – a Tiger Woods-hosted tribute to military personnel. With the win, Billy qualified for his first PGA and Masters Championships.

Military Devotion

Billy continues to devote his time supporting military members, veterans, wounded heroes and their families through Birdies for the Brave and also supports a variety of other charities focused on children, families and the military.

Bubba Watson

Known for his incredible shot-making, mammoth drives, hot pink-shafted driver and electric personality, Bubba Watson began his professional career in 2001.`

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Bubba Watson

Known for his incredible shot-making, mammoth drives, hot pink-shafted driver and electric personality, Bubba Watson began his professional career on the developmental Nationwide Tour in 2001. As a rookie on the PGA TOUR in 2006, he led all professionals in driving distance, averaging 319.6 yards per drive. His longest drive during competition measured 442 yards. He won the first of his many titles at the 2010 Travelers Championship and captured the Masters Championship in 2012 and 2014. Bubba is very proud to have represented his country as a member of multiple Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams and also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Watson’s Support of Green Beret Foundation

Bubba is a self-taught player; his father and namesake, Gerry, gave him a cut-down 9-iron when he was six, and he learned to play the game by hitting whiffle balls around the house. Bubba remained extremely close with his dad, a former lieutenant in the Green Berets’ Special Forces during the Vietnam War, until his passing in 2010 following a battle with lung cancer. In his father’s honor, Bubba remains steadfast in supporting military charities including the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing unconventional resources to facilitate the needs of the Special Forces community.

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk made his professional debut in 1992 after helping the University of Arizona Wildcats achieve their first (and thus far only) NCAA title.

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Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk made his professional debut in 1992 after helping the University of Arizona Wildcats achieve their first (and thus far only) NCAA title. Jim truly hit his stride in 2010, winning a career-best three tournaments on the PGA TOUR that year. The most notable victory was the season-ending TOUR Championship. That victory earned him the 2010 FedExCup. His stellar performance in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Player of the Year. In all, Jim has amassed 17 PGA TOUR victories, including the 2003 U.S. Open Championship; three International victories; and a Web.com Tour championship. He has been a member of 10 Ryder Cup teams, seven Presidents Cup teams and the 2003 World Cup team.

Furyk’s support of Operation Shower

Jim is a passionate supporter of the military and serves as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter of the non-profit Operation Shower, an organization that provides group baby showers for military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed, or in some cases are active duty themselves. Jim and his wife, Tabitha, also give back to a variety of charities impacting children and families through the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation.

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau burst onto the PGA TOUR in 2017 after a stellar amateur career, during which he won the 2010 California State Junior Championships.

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Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau burst onto the PGA TOUR in 2017 after a stellar amateur career, during which he won the 2010 California State Junior Championships and represented the USA at the 2014 Palmer Cup in England; the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships in Japan; and the 2015 Walker Cup. In 2015 while competing for Southern Methodist University, Bryson became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year, joining Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore. Since joining the TOUR, he has raced to the top of the leaderboard, with five championships to his credit. Nicknamed “The Mad Scientist” – having majored in physics at SMU, Bryson takes a scientific approach to his golf mechanics. He has been a member of the 2015 Walker Cup and 2018 Ryder Cup Teams. Bryson joined Birdies for the Brave as an Official PGA TOUR Player Supporter in June 2018 during the week of his monumental win at the Memorial Tournament, and is excited about the opportunity to give back to the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families by participating in military outreach and appreciation activities during tournaments, making personal appearances to thank the troops, and supporting fundraising events.

Fred Funk

Maryland native and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida resident Fred Funk turned pro in 1981 and has eight PGA TOUR championships to his name, including the 2005 PLAYERS Championship.

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Fred Funk

Maryland native and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida resident Fred Funk turned pro in 1981 and has eight PGA TOUR championships to his name, including the 2005 PLAYERS Championship. He has nine victories on the PGA TOUR Champions, including three Major championships – the 2008 and 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open, and has been a member of two Presidents Cup teams and the 2004 Ryder Cup team.

Homes for Our Troops

Fred is indebted to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families, and demonstrates his support by serving as the official PGA TOUR Player Supporter of the non-profit Homes for Our Troops – a non-profit that builds and donates specially adapted homes for heroes severely wounded in conflicts after 9/11.

Scott Stallings

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Scott Stallings joined the PGA TOUR in 2011 and has three championships to his credit.

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Scott Stallings

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Scott Stallings joined the PGA TOUR in 2011 and has three championships to his credit: the 2011 Greenbrier Classic, 2012 True South Classic and the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open. He has always been patriotic; several family members are in the military, and he maintains a deep reverence for those willing to put their lives on the line in service to our country. But his support for our military hit a crescendo several years ago while playing on the Hooters Tour, when he was asked to give golf lessons to a group of wounded heroes. The experience proved life-changing, and Stallings became even more acutely aware of the healing power of golf both mentally and physically for veterans and other individuals with disabilities. Since then, through both his career on the PGA TOUR and his connection to Navy SEALS as a result of his participation in Cross Fit training, Stallings has devoted time to supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation and other military homefront charities that are part of the PGA TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative. “It was an eye-opening experience, no doubt about it,” says Stallings. “The positive attitude, extraordinary perseverance in the face of debilitating challenges, and incredible bravery of these true American heroes is something that every individual should aspire to.”

Cameron Champ

Less than a year after making his professional debut, Cameron Champ broke through for his first career PGA TOUR victory at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship in just his second start as a TOUR member.

Cameron Champ
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Cameron Champ

Less than a year after making his professional debut, Cameron Champ broke through for his first career PGA TOUR victory at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship in just his second start as a TOUR member. Three months prior to that win, Cameron earned his first professional victory at the 2018 Utah Championship, which vaulted him up the Web.com Tour money-list and secured his PGA TOUR card for the following season. Prior to turning pro, Cameron captured the attention of the golf world with his remarkable talent at the 2017 U.S. Open, out-driving the entire field and finishing T32 as an amateur. A two-time All-American at Texas A&M, Cameron decorated his amateur resume with three individual titles, more than 15 top-10 finishes, and a spot on the victorious US team at the 2017 Walker Cup. At only 18-months old, Cameron was introduced to the game by his grandfather, Mack Champ, a Vietnam veteran. Cameron’s passion for the game is inspired by the sacrifices his grandfather made both as an African-American man growing up in the 50s and also as an Airman serving in the U.S. Air Force. Cameron’s family military background also extends to his cousin, Brian Wolf, who served two tours for the U.S. Army. In an effort to acknowledge his deep gratitude for his family and all military families, Cameron is honored to join Birdies for the Brave as an Official PGA TOUR Player Supporter.

Chesson Hadley

In 2017, Hadley notched two victories, two second-place finishes, and six top 10s on the Web.com Tour. He finished #1 on the overall money list and was named Player of the Year. He returned to the PGA TOUR in 2018 with a fury, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in his first three starts as well as seven top-10 finishes and finishing 44th in the FedEx Cup.

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Chesson Hadley

Raleigh, NC native, whose uncle and two grandfathers served in the military, Chesson Hadley will bolster his commitment to members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families by joining Birdies for the Brave as an Official PGA TOUR Player Supporter of Military Warriors Support Foundation. Chesson took up golf at the age of six, and broke par for the first time by age 12. He was a three-time All-State performer during his high school years as well as a five-year letter winner at North Raleigh Christian Academy, which earned him scholarship to Georgia Tech – where he was a three-time All-American, winning the Carpet Capital Collegiate as well as the ACC Championship his senior year. In 2008, he represented the United States on the Palmer Cup team, paving the way for his professional golf career. Chesson turned professional in 2010 after graduating with a degree in business management. He played on the eGolf Tour for two years before making it to the Web.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour). He won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2013, winning his hometown event, the Rex Hospital Open, as well as the Tour Championship. He finished with the highest combined earnings during the regular season and the playoffs. During his rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2013, he won the Puerto Rico Open, and claimed four top-10 finishes on his way to earning recognition as 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. In 2017, he returned to the Web.com Tour, where he notched two victories, two second-place finishes, and six top 10s. He finished #1 on the overall money list and was named Player of the Year. He returned to the PGA TOUR in 2018 with a fury, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in his first three starts. He had a solid season, notching seven top-10 finishes and finishing 44th in the FedEx Cup.

Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan turned pro in 2003 and claimed his first victory in 2007 at the Travelers Championship.

Hunter-Mahan upper body shot
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Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan turned pro in 2003 and claimed his first victory in 2007 at the Travelers Championship. As a result of his success in 2007, he was selected by Jack Nicklaus as one of two captain’s picks for the U.S. Presidents Cup. He has six PGA TOUR victories to his name, including The Barclays in 2014, when he finished the season sixth in the FedExCup standings, 21st in World Rankings, and the only player to advance to the TOUR Championship all eight years of the FedExCup era. Hunter has been a member of four Presidents Cup and three Ryder Cup teams, and was also a member of the 2002 World Amateur Team Championship.

Mahan's support of Operation Shower

Hunter serves as the official PGA TOUR Player Supporter for Operation Shower, a non-profit organization that provides group baby showers for military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed, or in some cases are active duty themselves. Hunter and his wife, Kandi, have hosted numerous Operation Shower events, as well as provided gifts and financial support to military families in need. In 2012, the Mahans founded the Mahan Foundation, a non-profit that supports a variety of initiatives focused on health and wellness, children and the military.

Nick Watney

A native of Sacramento, California, Nick Watney held the number one spot in college golf in the fall of his senior year at Fresno State University.

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Nick Watney

A native of Sacramento, California, Nick Watney held the number one spot in college golf in the fall of his senior year at Fresno State University before playing on the Nationwide Tour in 2004, when he won the Nationwide Tour Championship to finish fifth on the Money List. After narrowly losing his PGA TOUR card in 2005, he finished fifth in the PGA TOUR Q-School and had six finishes of T-9 or better in 2006. He led after three rounds at the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans and closed with 69 to win by three shots and 15 under par, moving from 171 to 93 in the world golf rankings. Overall, he has five PGA TOUR championships, one Web.com Tour championship and two international championships to his credit. He also won the 2005 Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, and was a member of the 2002 Palmer Cup, 2009 World Cup and 2011 Presidents Cup teams. Nick participates in a variety of charitable outreach programs through Birdies for the Brave and also supports charities that focus on children and families.

David Toms

Louisiana native David Toms made his professional debut in 1989 following stellar junior and collegiate careers, during which time he won the Junior World Championships.

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David Toms

Louisiana native David Toms made his professional debut in 1989 following stellar junior and collegiate careers, during which time he won the Junior World Championships and was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as a two-time First Team All-American at LSU. His professional career has been even more impressive, having won twice on the Nationwide Tour and 13 times on the PGA TOUR – including two FedEx St. Jude Classics, the PGA Championship, the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He placed second at the 2011 PLAYERS Championship following a playoff with K.J. Choi. David was a member of four Presidents Cup and three Ryder Cup teams, and was also a member of the 2002 World Cup Team. In 2003 he founded the David Toms Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists underprivileged, abused and abandoned children. Among other programs, the Foundation donated more than $1.5 million to assist those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Tom’s support of Military Warriors Support Foundation

David is proud to serve as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), a non-profit that provides practical opportunities for those injured in service to our country. Among its many activities, the Foundation’s signature Homes4WoundedWarriors program donates mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes.

David Duval

The grandson of professional golfer Henry “Hap” Duval and son of Champions Tour player Bob Duval, David Duval began his professional golf career after a stellar amateur career.

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David Duval

The grandson of professional golfer Henry “Hap” Duval and son of Champions Tour player Bob Duval, David Duval began his professional golf career after a stellar amateur career in which he won the 1989 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and was a four-time first-team All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year and 1993 National Player of the Year while at Georgia Tech. He won twice on the Nike Tour before earning his PGA TOUR card in 1995. Since then he has amassed 13 PGA TOUR titles, including the 1999 PLAYERS Championship in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – becoming the first player in history to win on the same day as his father, Bob, who won a Champions Tour event the same day. The win also catapulted David to the #1 ranking in the world. He also has two Web.com Tour and one International victory to his name and was a member of three Presidents Cup, two Ryder Cup, two World Cup and one Walker Cup team, in addition to being a member of the 1990 and 1991 World Amateur Team Championship team.

Duval’s Support of K9’s for warriors

David is privileged to serve as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for K9s For Warriors, a non-profit organization co-founded by his father which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to pair trained, donated rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, or sexual trauma due to military service in wars since 9/11.

Jerry Kelly

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Jerry Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned pro the same year. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1996 following a successful season on the developmental Nationwide Tour, where he won two tournaments.

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Jerry Kelly

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Jerry Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned pro the same year. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1996 following a successful season on the developmental Nationwide Tour, where he won two tournaments. His career, year-to-date was 2002 when he finished fourth on the PGA TOUR money list and won both the Sony Open in Hawaii and Advil Western Open. In all, he has three PGA TOUR victories, three PGA TOUR Champions victories and two Web.com Tour victories to his credit, and competed as a member of the 2003 Presidents Cup team.

Kelly’s support of the Navy SEAL Foundation

Jerry serves as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for the Navy SEAL Foundation and frequently participates in fundraising events and clinics for wounded heroes. His support for the organization began in 2006 when he spent his birthday, which fell on Thanksgiving Day, in Iraq at one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces in Baghdad. This was part of an eight-day trip, USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour, to 14 bases in the Persian Gulf with fellow TOUR players Corey Pavin, Donnie Hammond, and Howard Twitty.

Corey Pavin

Oxnard, California native Corey Pavin, attended UCLA and turned pro in 1982. He quickly established himself, with three international victories in 1983.

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Corey Pavin

Oxnard, California native Corey Pavin attended UCLA and turned pro in 1982. He quickly established himself, with three international victories in 1983 and his first PGA TOUR victory at the 1984 Houston Coca-Cola Open. Corey won at least one event on either the PGA TOUR or the International Tour nearly every year for the next decade, and topped the PGA TOUR’s money list in 1991, when he was the last man to achieve this without winning at least one million dollars in prize money. In all, he has 15 PGA TOUR, one PGA TOUR Champions and 12 International victories to his name, including the 1995 U.S. Open, and has played on two Presidents Cup and four Ryder Cup teams. Corey was also a member of the 1981 Walker Cup team.

Pavin’s support of Operation Homefront:

Corey is proud to support the brave men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families by serving as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for Operation Homefront, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded heroes when they return home. In addition to participating in fundraising events and visiting patients bedside at military hospitals, Corey spent Thanksgiving 2006 in the Persian Gulf as part of a USO/Armed Forces entertainment tour alongside fellow PGA TOUR players Frank Lickliter II, Donnie Hammond, Jerry Kelly and Howard Twitty.

Vijay Singh

During his nearly 30 years as a professional golfer, Fiji native Vijay Singh has distinguished himself among the top players in the world. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1993, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and since then, has amassed 34 PGA TOUR titles.

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Vijay Singh

During his nearly 30 years as a professional golfer, Fiji native Vijay Singh has distinguished himself among the top players in the world. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1993, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and since then has amassed 34 PGA TOUR titles – including the 2000 Masters and two PGA Championships. His career year was 2004, when he made 12 Top 10s in a row and took home nine titles, making him one of only six players in PGA TOUR history to post nine or more wins in a single season and becoming the first golfer to earn $10 million in a single season. The same year, he became the #1-ranked player in the world. Vijay is known for his legendary work ethic and support for a variety of charitable causes. The Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation benefits charities and non-profits that assist women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Singh’s Support of Navy SEAL Foundation

Vijay serves as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation, whose mission is to provide educational support through scholarships and tuition assistance; promote health and welfare programs, including tragedy assistance programs for families of fallen Navy SEALs; and to maintain the Special Warfare community’s strong history through monuments and publications designed to preserve and recognize their rich heritage.

Boo Weekley

Born in Milton, Florida, Weekley turned pro in 1997 and played on mini Tours until 2002, when he qualified for the PGA TOUR.

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Boo Weekley

Born in Milton, Florida, Weekley turned pro in 1997 and played on mini Tours until 2002, when he qualified for the PGA TOUR. After losing his TOUR card, he played on the Nationwide Tour from 2003 through 2006, finishing well enough to again qualify for the TOUR. His first victory came at the Verizon Heritage in April 2007. The following year, he defended his Verizon Heritage title, becoming the first back-to-back winner at this event since 1991-1992. He is only the eighth player since 1960 to win his first two TOUR titles in the same event. Boo is credited with being the emotional leader on the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, when he garnered worldwide attention for riding his driver “cowboy horse” style down the first fairway. He was also a member of the 2007 World Cup team. He won his third title at the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, beating Matt Kuchar by one stroke to take his first title in five years. He is nicknamed after cartoon hero Yogi Bear’s sidekick, “Boo Boo” Bear. Boo has been a long-time supporter of our military and regularly donates his time conducting golf clinics for wounded heroes and participates in a variety of programs and events on behalf of Birdies for the Brave.

Morgan Hoffmann

Raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Morgan Hoffmann won two consecutive New Jersey State Championships before attending Oklahoma State University for two years, where he played on the golf team.

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Morgan Hoffmann

Raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Morgan Hoffmann won two consecutive New Jersey State Championships before attending Oklahoma State University for two years, where he played on the golf team. His stellar amateur career included earning the number one spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2009 and playing as a member of the 2009 Walker Cup team. After competing in the 2010 U.S. Open, Morgan decided to leave college early in order to turn professional. He qualified for his first professional Major at the 2012 U.S. Open, where he finished tied for 29th place. Morgan has a deep reverence for military members and their families, and serves as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter by hosting golf clinics for military personnel and participating in a variety of Birdies for the Brave activities throughout the year.

Bud Cauley

After a highly decorated collegiate golf career at the University of Alabama, Bud Cauley left early to pursue his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR.

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Bud Cauley

After a highly decorated collegiate golf career at the University of Alabama, Bud Cauley left early to pursue his dream of playing on the PGA TOUR. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Bud became just the 7th player in history to go from college to the PGA TOUR without going to Q-School, joining the likes of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods on this exclusive list. The son of a Navy diver, Bud learned the game of game on military installations throughout the world. In 2012, just his first full season on the PGA TOUR, he made the cut in 75% of his tournaments, earning more than $1.7M in the process. A military brat, Bud knows first-hand the enormous sacrifices made by military personnel and their families in service to our country. He pays it forward by eagerly supporting a variety of military charities through Birdies for the Brave.

Richy Werenski

A native of South Hadley, Massachusetts, Richy Werenski comes from a family of golfers. His Dad, Mike, was a PGA professional, and brother, Mickey, played collegiately at Texas A&M.

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Richy Werenski

A native of South Hadley, Massachusetts, Richy Werenski comes from a family of golfers. His Dad, Mike, was a PGA professional, and brother, Mickey, played collegiately at Texas A&M. Richy played golf at Georgia Tech and won the Porter Cup in 2012. He turned pro in 2014 and won his first two professional events that year, the Cutter Creek Classic on the NGA Pro Golf Tour and the Vermont Open. He earned his 2015 Web.com Tour card through Q School, and the same year he won Golf Channel’s reality show, Big Break The Palm Beaches at PGA National – granting him his PGA TOUR start at the 2016 Barbasol Championship. He won his first Web.com Tour championship at the 2016 BMW Charity Pro-Am, and also achieved three 2nd place finishes on the Web.com Tour. He earned his PGA TOUR card via his 4th place on the season-long money list. Richy’s grandfather served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he remains a steadfast supporter of our military through his participation as a Birdies for the Brave supporter.

Kevin Stadler

Since making his professional debut in 2002, Kevin Stadler has built a reputation as one of the game’s most accurate golfers.

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Kevin Stadler

Since making his professional debut in 2002, Kevin Stadler has built a reputation as one of the game’s most accurate golfers. The oldest son of 1982 Master Champion and 13-time PGA TOUR winner Craig Stadler, Kevin won the 2002 Colorado Open with his father, Craig, on the bag. In 2004, just minutes after the elder Stadler won the Bank of America Championship on the PGA TOUR Champions, Kevin won the Lake Erie Charity Classic on the Web.com Tour – making them the first father-son duo to accomplish such a feat since Bob Duval won the Emerald Coast Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions and his son, David, captured THE PLAYERS Championship in 1999. Kevin finished T8, making him one of only 13 players to make the cut in all four of the Major PGA TOUR championships.

Kevin’s support of Disabled Sports USA’s Warfighter Sports program:

While still in college, Kevin volunteered with Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) at Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado, and continues to support the organization as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded heroes, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since 1967. Through the Warfighter Sports program, DSUSA has helped thousands of wounded service members heal from the physical and psychological wounds of war through adaptive golf.

Ted Purdy

Since making his professional debut in 1996, former University of Arizona standout Ted Purdy has been a steady contender on the PGA TOUR.

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Ted Purdy

Since making his professional debut in 1996, former University of Arizona standout Ted Purdy has been a steady contender on the PGA TOUR. His titles include the 2005 EDS Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA TOUR; 2003 First Tee Arkansas Classic on the Web.com Tour; 2013 55 Abierto Mexicano de Golf on the PGA TOUR LatinoAmerica; and the 1997 Indian Masters in Asia.

Purdy’s support of Military Warriors Support Foundation

Among his many charitable pursuits, Ted started the Ted Purdy Foundation, a non-profit that supports St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, A Stepping Stone and Arnold Palmer’s Children’s Hospital. He serves as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF), a non-profit that provides practical opportunities for those injured in service to our country. Among its many activities, the Foundation’s signature Homes4WoundedWarriors program donates mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes.

Jason Gore

A native of Van Nuys, California, Jason Gore was and a member of Pepperdine University’s 1997 NCAA Championship team as well as the victorious 1997 United States Walker Cup team.

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Jason Gore

A native of Van Nuys, California, Jason Gore was and a member of Pepperdine University’s 1997 NCAA Championship team as well as the victorious 1997 United States Walker Cup team. He also won the 1997 California State Amateur Championship and California State Open before turning pro that year. He played on the Nationwide Tour from 1998 to 2000, as well as in 2002 and 2004, and on the PGA TOUR beginning mid-season in 2005. He won the PGA TOUR’s 2005 84 Lumber Classic, which earned him a two-year exemption. He also has seven Web.com Tour championships to his credit. Jason has enormous respect and admiration for the sacrifices made by military members and their families and devotes his time to supporting a variety of Birdies for the Brave activities.

Bobby Gates

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Bobby began playing golf at the age of 14 and was a three-time AJGA All-American in high school.

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Bobby Gates

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Bobby began playing golf at the age of 14 and was a three-time AJGA All-American in high school before joining the golf team on a scholarship from Texas A&M University. While there, he was named to the PING All-Region team three times and was named to the All Big-Twelve team three times. After graduating in 2008, Bobby turned pro and began competing on the Canadian Tour. He later attended Q-School and earned full Nationwide Tour Status for the 2010 season. Bobby started the year out by taking home the trophy at his very first event, the Michael Hill New Zealand Open. In doing so, he became the 13th player in Nationwide Tour history to win his Tour debut. The following week at the Moonah Classic, Bobby finished 3rd, missing the playoff by just one shot. Bobby would finish the 2010 Nationwide Tour season 16th on the money list, which earned him his 2011 PGA TOUR card. After a bogey on the last hole of his 2011 PGA TOUR season left him No. 126 on the money list by $1,431, he returned to the Qualifying School, was outside the top five for only one of the six rounds, and finished T-3 to rejoin the TOUR for the 2012 season. Bobby appreciates the service and sacrifice of military members and gives back by participating in a variety of programs and activities conducted by Birdies for the Brave.

Rory Sabbatini

A native of South Africa, Rory Sabbatini began playing golf at age four but concentrated on it from the age of 12. He was recruited by the University of Arizona, turned pro in 1998 and joined the PGA TOUR in 1999 as the youngest member of the TOUR that year.

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Rory Sabbatini

A native of South Africa, Rory Sabbatini began playing golf at age four but concentrated on it from the age of 12. He was recruited by the University of Arizona, turned pro in 1998 and joined the PGA TOUR in 1999 as the youngest member of the TOUR that year. In September 2007, Rory reached the Top 10 on the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time, finishing the year fourth on the TOUR’s FedExCup Points standings. Sabbatini has represented South Africa in the World Cup four times and won the event with Trevor Immelman in 2003. Rory travels around the country in a tour bus with his family when competing on the PGA TOUR.

Sabbatini’s Support of United Through Reading

Rory serves as a PGA TOUR Player Support of United Through Reading, a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together – particularly for the more than one million American children who are separated from one or both parents due to military deployment. The nationally-acclaimed programs developed by United Through Reading, provides opportunities for emotional bonding that relieve the stress of separation and instills a love of reading by enabling family members to read aloud to children on DVD. United Through Reading’s programs help bring far-away family members back home for a little while each day and help turn what might otherwise be tentative, anxious family re-introductions into joyous reunions.

Rod Pampling

Rod Pampling began playing primarily in the United States beginning in 2000 when the Aussie relocated to Flower Mound, Texas. He has three PGA TOUR victories to his credit.

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Rod Pampling

Rod Pampling began playing primarily in the United States beginning in 2000 when the Aussie relocated to Flower Mound, Texas. He has three PGA TOUR victories to his credit: The 2004 The INTERNATIONAL, 2006 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard and the 2017 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open, as well as one Web.com Tour victory and two International victories.

Bob Duval

The son of professional golfer Henry “Hap” Duval and father of PGA TOUR player David Duval, Bob Duval attended Florida State University on a golf scholarship.

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Bob Duval

The son of professional golfer Henry “Hap” Duval and father of PGA TOUR player David Duval, Bob Duval attended Florida State University on a golf scholarship and worked for many years as a head golf professional. At the urging of his son, he joined the Champions Tour (formerly Senior PGA Tour), where he had more than two dozen top-10 finishes, including a wire-to-wire win at the 1999 Emerald Coast Classic – which came on the same day David won THE PLAYERS Championship and ascended to the #1 ranking in the world.

Duval’s Support of K9’s For Warriors

Bob is privileged to serve as a PGA TOUR Player Supporter for K9s For Warriors, a non-profit organization he founded with his wife, Shari, which is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to pair trained, donated rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, or sexual trauma due to military service in wars since 9/11.

Craig Stadler

La Jolla, California native Craig Stadler turned pro in 1976 after winning both the 1970 Junior World Championship and the 1973 U.S. Amateur Championship.

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Craig Stadler

La Jolla, California native Craig Stadler turned pro in 1976 after winning both the 1970 Junior World Championship and the 1973 U.S. Amateur Championship. Highlighting his 13 wins on the PGA TOUR, Craig won the 1982 Masters Tournament and then won back-to-back tournaments on the Champions Tour and PGA TOUR after turning 50 in 2003. Craig has won nine times on the PGA TOUR Champions, including a victory at the 2013 Encompass Championship just weeks after turning 60. Craig and his oldest son, Kevin, became the first father and son to play in the same Masters in 2014 after Kevin secured a spot by winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February 2014.

CRAIG’S COMMITMENT TO DISABLED SPORTS USA’S WARFIGHTER SPORTS PROGRAM:

Craig has been a huge supporter of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) since the mid ‘90s, when he donated funds from his annual Craig Stadler Pro-Am Golf Charity Golf Tournament in San Diego. His commitment continued when he became eligible for the Champions Tour and had the opportunity to earmark his charitable contributions to Disabled Sports USA. He and Kevin both serve as PGA TOUR Player Supporters for the group, regularly participating in Birdies for the Brave activities supporting our heroes on and off the course.

Frank Lickliter II

Frank Lickliter II joined the PGA TOUR in 1996 and has two championships to his name: The 2001 Kemper Insurance Open and the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

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Frank Lickliter II

Frank Lickliter II joined the PGA TOUR in 1996 and has two championships to his name: The 2001 Kemper Insurance Open and the 2003 Chrysler Classic of Tucson. In 2005 at TPC Sawgrass, he set THE PLAYERS Stadium Course record with a 62, including the first double eagle on the par-5 11th hole. In all, Lickliter holds 10-course records across the United States and is currently 100th on the PGA TOUR All-Time Career Money List. His favorite past times are hunting, shooting and fishing.

Lickliter’s support of the Navy SEAL Foundation

Frank is most proud of his ability to use his talents to raise millions of dollars for various charities, especially those that benefit the brave men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. As a PGA TOUR Player Supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation, Frank participates in fundraising events at TPC's, meets soldiers during PGA TOUR tournaments and has made numerous visits to wounded soldiers bedside at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has also visited troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Korea and spent Thanksgiving 2006 with fellow TOUR players Corey Pavin, Donnie Hammond, Jerry Kelly and Howard Twitty on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Persian Gulf.

Jim Colbert

A native of New Jersey, Jim Colbert attended Kansas State University, where he finished second in the NCAA golf championships in 1964 before graduating and turning pro in 1965.

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Jim Colbert

A native of New Jersey, Jim Colbert attended Kansas State University, where he finished second in the NCAA golf championships in 1964 before graduating and turning pro in 1965. Jim won eight times on the PGA TOUR, including twice in 1983 when he finished a career best 15th on the money list. He also won 20 PGA TOUR Champions titles including a senior Major Championship, the 1993 Senior Players Championship, and seven International championships, most recently winning the 2014 Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf – Legends Division with Jim Thorpe.

Colbert’s support of National Guard S.F.R. Council

Jim supports Birdies for the Brave in a variety of ways and also lends his support to the National Guard State Family Readiness Council, a non-profit dedicated to assessing the needs of the New Jersey National Guard families, recommending solutions to meet those needs, and seeking implementation of solutions on a state level.