Home Town: Bradenton, Florida
Graduation: Class of 2011
Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship winner
Consistency paid off last week for Marcel Puyat of Bradenton, Florida. Puyat posted scores of 72-74-70 to shoot an even par 216, finishing atop the leaderboard at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship held at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Entering the final round tied for fourth, Puyat birdied three holes to surge to the front of the pack, ousting runner-up Will Zalatoris. We got a chance to catch up with Marcel, and learn a little about his life on and off the course.
Marcel Puyat's profile:
On your iPod: John Mayer, anything relaxing
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight, The Hangover
Dream foursome: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, My dad
Favorite Course: Southern Hills and Torrey Pines South Course
Favorite Club: Putter
Holes-in-one: Three, at ages 11, 12, and 13
Age you first broke 70: 13
Love to trade places with: Kevin Durant, because he’s young and on the upside of an incredible career
Favorite sports team: Phoenix Suns
Favorite non-golf athlete: Steve Nash
Favorite place visited for a tournament: HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, because it’s not often the AJGA passes through a big city like Houston.
Superstitions: Until the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship, everytime I hit a double bogey during a tournament I would never end up winning. Now I feel more confident when I make a mistake, as I hit two doubles during this event and still won.
Goal in 5 years: Be the #1 player on the NCAA Golf Championship team, become a U.S. Amateur champion, and receive an exemption to play in some PGA Tour events
Goal in 10 years: Become a full member of the PGA Tour and win a major
View Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship Results