Trevor Immelman
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Trevor John Immelman
Born (1979-12-16) 16 December 1979
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Cape Town, South Africa
Spouse Carminita (m. 2003)
Children Jacob (b. 2006)
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 2006)
European Tour (joined 2001)
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
European Tour 4
Sunshine Tour 5 Tour 1
Challenge Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 2008
U.S. Open T21: 2006
The Open Championship T15: 2005
PGA Championship T6: 2007
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner

Trevor John Immelman (born 16 December 1979) is a South African professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. He won his maiden major championship at the 2008 Masters Tournament.

Early years

Immelman was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Born into a golfing family (his father, Johan, is the former commissioner of the Sunshine Tour in South Africa), he took up golf at the age of five. He attended Hottentots Holland High School. He won the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 1998.

Professional career

Immelman turned professional in 1999. In 2000 he played mainly on the second tier professional tour in Europe, the Challenge Tour, and finished tenth on the Order of Merit. He became a full member of the European Tour in 2001 and has made the top twenty of the Order of Merit three times. He has four wins on the European Tour, and in 2004 became the first man to successfully defend the South African Open title since Gary Player in the 1970s.

In 2003 Immelman won the WGC-World Cup for South Africa in partnership with Rory Sabbatini. In 2005 he was a member of the losing International Team at the Presidents Cup. He has been playing with increasing frequency on the PGA Tour after receiving a 2-year PGA Tour exemption for 2006 and 2007 on account of this Presidents Cup appearance. In 2006 Immelman won his first PGA Tour event at the Cialis Western Open, a result that moved him into the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 2002/03.

Immelman withdrew from the 2006 Open Championship to be present for the birth of his first child. He finished 2006 in the top 10 of the PGA Tour money list and was named Rookie of the Year. In September 2007, Trevor Immelman was picked by Gary Player to participate in the 7th Presidents Cup held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Canada. The International team lost 14.5 to the US team's 19.5.[1]

On 13 December 2007, Immelman withdrew from the South African Airways Open due to severe discomfort around his ribcage area and a problem breathing. He went into surgery the following Tuesday, 18 December 2007, and doctors discovered a lesion approximately the size of a golf ball on his diaphragm. (Immelman remarked in an interview on the obvious irony of the size of the lesion).[2] It was diagnosed as a calcified fibrosis tumor. After more tests they discovered that it was benign. Nevertheless, treatment and recovery caused him to miss the first eight weeks of the 2008 PGA Tour season. However, Immelman came back to win the 2008 Masters Tournament. Despite scoring a double bogey on the 70th hole, the par 3 16th, Immelman finished with a score of 8 under par, beating favourite Tiger Woods[3] by three strokes.

In June 2009, Immelman announced he would withdraw from the U.S. Open due to tendonitis in his left wrist and elbow,[4] which plagued him for much of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. As the 2013 PGA Tour neared its conclusion, Immelman's winless streak extended to five years; he was forced to play in the Tour Finals after he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and his five-year exemption for winning the Masters expired. Immelman won the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four Tour Finals tournaments, and finished the Finals in sixth place to regain his PGA Tour card for 2014.

Personal life

Immelman married his childhood sweetheart, Carmenita, on 6 December 2003. He has frequently participated in his mentor Gary Player's charity golf events around the world to help raise funds for needy children's causes.

Professional wins (11)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 9 Jul 2006 Cialis Western Open −13 (69-66-69-67=271) 2 strokes Tiger Woods, Mathew Goggin
2 13 Apr 2008 Masters Tournament −8 (68-68-69-75=280) 3 strokes Tiger Woods

European Tour wins (4)

Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 12 Jan 2003 South African Airways Open1 −14 (70-71-66-67=274) Playoff Tim Clark
2 18 Jan 2004 South African Airways Open1 (2) −12 (71-69-69-67=276) 3 strokes Alastair Forsyth, Steve Webster
3 23 May 2004 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe −17 (65-72-69-65=271) 1 stroke Pádraig Harrington
4 13 Apr 2008 Masters Tournament −8 (68-68-69-75=280) 3 strokes Tiger Woods

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

Sunshine Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 10 Dec 2000 Vodacom Players Championship −9 (67-75-68-69=279) 3 strokes Ernie Els, Titch Moore
2 12 Jan 2003 South African Airways Open1 −14 (70-71-66-67=274) Playoff Tim Clark
3 26 Jan 2003 Dimension Data Pro-Am −17 (67-68-65-71=271) 1 stroke Andrew McLardy, Bruce Vaughan
4 18 Jan 2004 South African Airways Open1 (2) −12 (71-69-69-67=276) 3 strokes Alastair Forsyth, Steve Webster
5 2 Dec 2007 Nedbank Golf Challenge −16 (67-66-67-72=272) 1 stroke Justin Rose

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour Tour wins (1)

Legend Tour Finals event (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 1 Sep 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship −20 (67-66-69-66=268) 1 stroke Patrick Cantlay

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 12 Mar 2000 Tusker Kenya Open −14 (67-69-67-67=270) 4 strokes Henrik Stenson

Other wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2008 Masters Tournament 2 shot lead −8 (68-68-69-75=280) 3 strokes Tiger Woods

Results timeline

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament 56 DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 5 CUT T55 1 T20
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T53 T42 T15 DNP T60 T19 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T48 T37 T17 T34 T6 CUT DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T14 T15 60 T50 CUT
The Open Championship T23 T38 CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T12 T27 DNP DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 2 2 5 12 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 7
Totals 1 0 0 2 3 12 37 26
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2004 U.S. Open – 2005 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2007 PGA – 2008 Masters)

Team appearances



See also


  1. ^ "The Presidents Cup – Past Results". PGA Tour. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Immelman undergoes surgery to remove growth on his diaphragm". PGA Tour. 18 December 2007. Archived from the original on 20 December 2007. 
  3. ^ Dorman, Larry (14 April 2008). "Immelman Survives Pressure to Win Masters". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Immelman withdraws from U.S. Open due to injury". PGA Tour. 14 June 2009. 

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