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Daniel Berger

daniel berger

Daniel Berger

Born: 7 April 1993
Birthplace: Plantation, Florida, USA
College: Florida State University
Resides: Jupiter, Florida, USA

Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 4
Other Wins: 0

Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Unknown
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐​⭐


BIO

Daniel is a four time winner on the PGA Tour and was the PGA Tour Rookie of the year in 2015. He struggled for form in 2018 and 2019, recording only two top 10 finishes in total over the two years. This was largely caused by a niggling injury to his right index finger which rendered him unable to practice fully and caused him to miss a chunk of the 2018 season. Considering his favourite quote is listed on the PGA Tour website as, "winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else," not being able to practice was a significant hindrance.

Daniel is fully fit again and the early events of 2020 saw him post three top 10s in five starts. Prior to the break for Coronavirus he said he was "hitting the ball way better than I have in a long time" and he quickly backed that up when golf resumed with an immediate win at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Daniel is on record saying he thinks he suits courses which are won around the 10-14 under par mark. Look to back Daniel at these sort of events.

Significant info

Daniel's form in 2020 improved significantly since ending his contract with Callaway at the end of 2019 and returning to play the Taylor Made irons he used in high school and earlier in his career. Interestingly, he has been buying up old sets of the irons on ebay as they are no longer in production!

Daniel began working with coach Cam McCormick in summer 2019 and credits him for improving his short game.

2020 STATS

27th

SG: OFF THE TEE

Stat up arrow31st 2019

34th

SG: APPROACH

Stat up arrow109th 2019

28th

SG: AROUND THE GREEN

Stat up arrow120th 2019

17th

SG: PUTTING

Stat up arrow108th 2019

Pressure Performance Analysis

February 2021 
Came from two shots back at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am to win by two shots.  Capped a strong perfromance with a stunning eagle at the last.  

January 2021 
Began the final round of the 2021 Tournament of Champions 3 shots behind leaders English and Palmer. Shot 72 to finish 6 shots behind English and Niemann who shot 69 and 64. It was a poor effort.

June 2020 
Began the final round 1 shot behind a four-way tie for the lead at the RBC Heritage. Shot 65 to lose out to finish 3rd behind Webb Simpson by 2 shots after Webb birdied 5 of his last 7 holes. Another impressive final round performance.

June 2020 
Daniel began the final round at the Charles Schwab Challenge 2 shots back. Displayed real bottle when he birdied the 72nd hole to force a playoff and was solid in the resulting playoff.

March 2020 
Began the final round of the Honda Classic 3 shots behind Tommy Fleetwood. Shot 69 to finish in 4th place, 3 shots back of Sungjae Im who shot 66.

June 2018 
He did struggle when holding the joint 54 hole lead at the US Open as he went on to shoot a final round 73 and drop down to 6th. Daniel said in the aftermath that he thought he played really well and just couldn't get the putts to drop so he will hopefully learn from this experience.

June 2017 
Daniel was 3 shots back at the Travelers Championship before birdieing three of the last 6 holes to force a playoff.

June 2017 
For his first win at the FedEex St Jude Classic he converted a 3 stroke lead and his second win (2017 FedEx St Jude Classic) he came from 3 shots back.

Summary 
Daniel has won whilst leading after 54 holes and from behind. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to 4 stars for regular PGA Tour events. He is a confident player who has proven he can win under pressure and having now been in the final group at a Major Championship he can learn from that experience.

Trends

Goes best when fresh 
Daniel generally posts his best finishes after a few weeks off. His 2020 win at the Charles Schwab was the first event after golf paused for coronavirus. His best finish in 2019 (2nd place at the Puerto Rico Open) came after a 2 week break. His 2017 win also came after a three week break. Finally, he had seven top 10 finishes in 2020 and five of them came after at least a week off.

Unpredictable 
Daniel can often pop up with a big finish after a previous poor result. His win at the 2021 AT&T followed a mised cut. His 2nd at the 2020 WGC FedEx came after a missed cut in his previous start. His 2nd at the 2019 Puerto Rico Open followed a missed the cut in the two events prior to that. His best finish in 2018 came the week after a missed cut.

Time of the year 
Three of Daniel's four wins have come in the month of June. He also held the 54 hole lead at the US Open in June 2018. Keep Daniel in mind in June!

Major and WGC Analysis

Major's
Daniel has recorded top 10 finishes at the US Open and The Masters already and has two top 15 finishes at the USPGA Championship, including one in 2020. He is without doubt capable of winning a Major in future and should he continue his return to form he'll be one to watch in the coming years.

In three appearances at The Masters he's yet to finish worse than 32nd and he posted a top 10 on his first appearance at Augusta. He will be one to watch for the 2021 edition after missing out in 2020.

WGC's 
Given Daniel's past success at TPC Southwind, he must definitely be considered at the venue now it is a WGC event. He posted a 2nd at WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational in 2020.

Playoff Record

1-2. Daniel won his most recent playoff, defeating Collin Morikawa at the Charles Schwab Challenge in June 2020. He looked composed throughout the playoff and made a great up and down on the first playoff hole to win. Daniel has lost both playoffs he has been involved in. He lost out at the 2015 Honda Classic to Padraig Harrington after hitting his tee shot at the 2nd playoff hole into the water (Daniel had been inthe clubhouse for over an hour by the time the playoff commenced). Daniel also lost out to Jordan Spieth at the 2017 Travelers Championship but was unlucky to lose after Spieth holed his bunker shot.

Significant Quotes

2021 Sony Open
I think my game probably doesn't necessarily suit this style of play (shootout). I think I'm more in that ten to 14-under range. That's kind of the courses that I really competed on and played well at. You look at Memphis, Colonial, another tough course. But I've gotten better the last year or two and being able it take those rounds, instead of shooting 2- or 3-under, I can get 5- or 6-under out of it.

Q. What has your work with Cameron McCormick done for your game over the last year or so you've been working with him?
Yeah, he's been incredible for my short game, my putting. I think he's really given me a new perspective on how to hit shots around the greens. I was kind of one-dimensional in the past.
​2020 RBC Heritage

2016 FedEx St Jude Classic
Q. Daniel, nobody has won on the Tour and gone to the U.S. Open and won. You're obviously very confident. The way you're playing though, you feel you've got as good a chance as anybody to maybe end that?
DANIEL BERGER: Absolutely. When I played in the Masters for the first time I think I finished 10th, five shots behind and didn't really play that great. So, you know if I can go in there next week and play good, then obviously I have what it takes to get the W.