Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Justin Leonard made his PGA TOUR debut in 1994. That year, he became the fourth golfer to go directly from college to the TOUR without going through Q-School, joining Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, and Phil Mickelson.
A 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Leonard captured the Open Championship and the Players Championship, and was ranked in the top 10 of the official world golf ranking for 24 weeks in a one-year span. Leonard qualified for the United States Ryder Cup team in 1997, 1998 and then again in 2008. He’s famous for making a 45-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole to complete a comeback by the US Team on the final day.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Leonard was a two-time All-American, a winner of the 1992 U.S. Amateur and the 1994 Haskins award winner as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. He and his wife, Amanda, currently reside in Aspen, CO with their four children.