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Rory Sabbatini biography: 13 things about South African-Slovakian golfer

Rory Mario Trevor Sabbatini is a South African professional golfer. He is of Italian, Scottish and Irish descent.

Born in Durban, South Africa, Sabbatini has dual citizenship in the United States and a passport through the United Kingdom. He started playing golf in 1980 but he started concentrating on it in 1988.

Recruited by the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, United States, Sabbatini made his professional golf debut in 1998. He was 23 years old when he joined the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour in 1999 making him the youngest member of the tour that year.

Sabbatini is 5’10” tall. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He finished 77th at the 2000 PGA Championship.
  2. He tied for 54th place at the 2001 Open Championship.
  3. He tied for 53rd place at the 2003 Open Championship and finished 68th at the 2003 PGA Championship.
  4. He tied for 66th place at the 2004 Open Championship.
  5. He tied for 71st place at the 2005 US Open and tied for 74th place at the 2005 PGA Championship.
  6. He tied for 26th place at the 2006 Open Championship and tied for 36th place at the 2006 Masters Tournament.
  7. He represented South Africa when he, Tiger Woods of the U.S. and Retief Goosen of South Africa became runners-up to 2007 Masters Tournament champion Zach Johnson of the U.S. on April 8, 2007 in Augusta, Georgia. He tied for 51st place at the 2007 US Open, which culminated on June 17, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA.
  8. He tied for 39th place at the 2008 PGA Championship and tied for 58th place at the 2008 US Open.
  9. He tied for 20th place at the 2009 Masters Tournament and tied for 67th place at the 2009 PGA Championship.
  10. He was still married to his first wife Amy Sabbatini when he met Slovakian citizen Martina Stofanikova, cousin of Slovak Golf Association vice president Rastislav Antal, in March 2011 at the 2011 Honda Classic where he won his sixth PGA Tour Title. After divorcing Amy, he married Stofanikova.
  11. In January 2019, he changed his citizenship from South African to Slovakian. He tied for 43rd place at the 2019 U.S. Open and tied for 16th place at the 2019 Open Championship.
  12. He tied for 66th place at the 2020 PGA Championship, which was held in San Francisco, California, USA on August 6-9, 2020. He solely represented Slovakia at the 2020 U.S. Open, which took place in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020, and tied for 59th place.
  13. On August 1, 2021, he represented Slovakia in men’s individual golf at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan and won the silver medal behind gold medalist Xander Schauffele of the U.S.

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