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Born: 16 March 1990
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
College: University of Alabama
Resides: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other Wins: 1
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐
Bud burst onto the scene in 2011 when he posted three top 4 finishes on the PGA Tour in his first eight appearances as a pro. He followed that up in 2012 with six further top 10 finishes and briefly threatened to break into the world's top 50 ranked golfers. However, he would go on to suffer a series of injuries which would curtail his progress.
Unfortunately Bud was involved in a car accident in June 2018 which led to him missing almost six months of the 2018 season. Unbeknown to Bud, he accepted a lift from a friend who had been drinking and subsequently crashed the car whilst driving at speed. Luckily Bud survived but he broken six ribs, fractured a bone in his leg and suffered a punctured and collapsed lung. This meant that he now has four metal plates in his right rib cage, reducing his ability to swing as hard, especially in colder weather.
Bud turned 30 in March 2020 but we didn't see any noticeable improvements in his play in 2020.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Bud hasn't been in contention since his accident and he is likely to have significant contention rust when he does get into the mix next. His last real experience of having a chance of winning a tournament came in October 2017 at The Safeway Open where he went into the final round 2 shots back and shot a disappointing 74 to slip to 7th from 3rd. Bud's Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to 2 stars.
Favourite Tournament - Bud has a particularly strong record at The American Express tournament where he has recorded top 14 finishes in 4 of the last 5 years.
Unpredictable - Bud had three top 10s across the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Each of these followed a missed cut.
Major and WGC Analysis
Bud needs to overcome his injury problems and put himself back in contention in PGA events before he can be considered for any Majors. Given his poor driving stats its difficult to see him him contend at a Major venue however. In 2020 he finished 37th at the PGA Championship (his only start).
Not qualified for any WGC's in recent years.
Bud has yet to be in a playoff.
2020 American Express
Q. The past couple of years it's like been you've been through heck and back with all kinds of things off the course, the knee surgery in the fall. What has this past couple of years been like for you and getting back on track?
BUD CAULEY: Unfortunately, it's been too many visits to the hospital, but I feel good now. That's really been kind of a goal of mine. It's kind of funny, just maybe make it a couple years and not have to have surgery. So I'm doing everything I can to stay healthy and be out here and playing golf, which is what I love to do.
Q. Has there been a shift from you in perspective and better appreciation since that accident?
BUD CAULEY: Sure. I think, relatively speaking, I've always appreciated playing golf and the opportunity I have to do something that I enjoy doing every day. But when something like that happens to you I think it would change anyone. So one minute everything is okay and the next minute you're worried about the rest of your life. I've definitely taken a lot of things from it, tried to learn from it and just do the best I can going forward.
Q. What is the biggest thing you've taken from it?
BUD CAULEY: Probably what I said earlier, just don't, I guess, take anything for granted. Things or your life can change in one moment, one decision, whatever the case may be. So just to kind of appreciate when things are good and make the best decisions I can, I guess, keep things that way.
Q. Justin Thomas said Wednesday that he can't wait for the opportunity to be there when you have that big moment, when you have that big win on Sunday. His face lit up when he was talking about it. How motivated are you -- how interested, how excited, how motivated for you to have that moment?
BUD CAULEY: Yeah, it's something I think about all the time, every day I go out and practice or every tournament I show up. Obviously I haven't won on Tour. This is my, apart from injuries, my 6th or 7th year out here. So I was hoping to have accomplished more by now than what I have, obviously.
But I try to worry more about what I need to do to finally have that breakthrough and then to win rather than obsess go over just winning and wanting to win. Because obviously I want to win and I want to win as bad as I want anything.
But I don't think stressing over that at night -- even sometimes I do, like it's something I think about. It frustrates me some. But worrying about the things I can do and I think I'll get there.