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Headline: Three-Time MGA Junior Player of the Year and Hopkinton Native Jon Curran Finishes Second at the Memorial Tournament
For Immediate Release: June 5, 2016
|Jon Curran (above at Muirfield Village this past weekend and below in 2004)|
Norton, MA — In 2004, Jon Curran was celebrating his third straight Christopher Cutler Rich MGA Junior Player Year of the Award. Fast forward to this past weekend and the Hopkinton native found himself just one putt away from his first PGA TOUR title at the Memorial Tournament.
A highlight from this past weekend was a shot that he delivered on Sunday afternoon at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Curran sent his 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to seven feet for birdie to join eventual winner William McGirt at 15 under par.
McGirt would go on to win the championship on the second playoff hole, but Curran's second-place finish at the Memorial represented his largest professional pay check to date - $918,000.
CLICK HERE to view that fabulous 7-iron approach shot on the 17th hole.
The road from Bay State amateur standout to PGA TOUR player has been an exciting one for the 29-year-old Curran.
When he was an amateur, Curran was the top player on Hopkinton High School golf team along with good friend and current PGA TOUR player Keegan Bradley that won the Massachusetts state championship his junior year (Bradley's senior year) by 28 shots.
Bradley was the medalist, with Curran finishing among the top three. The Hillers successfully defended their title Curran's senior year. He went on to enjoy a strong collegiate season at Vanderbilt University where he earned All-SEC and All-American honors in 2008-09.
He began his professional golf career, first on the mini-tour circuit and then on the Web.com Tour. Along the way, he was named the 2013 NGA Hooters Tour Player of the Year and then captured a key Web.com victory (as well as a 3rd, a 4th and seven top-25s, and eight cuts made that season), which paved the way for his PGA TOUR debut during the 2014-15 season.
One year ago, Curran came close to winning his first major championship title when he finished second - following a playoff - at the Puerto Rico O en. That rookie season saw Curran earn in excess of $1 million, which assured him his PGA TOUR card for a second straight season.
Entering this past weekend's Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Curran was already well on his way to securing his PGA TOUR card for next year as he had earned nearly $824,000.
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