Matthieu Pavon, biggest check of his career

Matthieu Pavon cashed the biggest check of his career this Saturday at Torrey Pines by winning the 4th tournament of the PGA Tour season

by Andrea Gussoni
Matthieu Pavon, biggest check of his career
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Matthieu Pavon cashed the biggest check of his career this Saturday at Torrey Pines by winning the 4th tournament of the PGA Tour season. After three tournaments on American soil, he is the first European this season to stand in the way of the players with the star-spangled banner.

Pavon, dollars

1st. Matthieu Pavon* – $1,620,000 2nd. Nicolai Højgaard – $981,000 3rd. Stephan Jaeger, Nate Lashley, Jake Knapp – $477,000 6th. Kevin Yu, Beau Hossler, Tony Finau – $303,750 9th.

Patrick Rodgers, Xander Schauffele, Ludvig Åberg, Taylor Pendrith – $236,250 13th. Tom Whitney, Hideki Matsuyama, Max Homa, Doug Ghim, Akshay Bhatia, Will Zalatoris, Taylor Montgomery – $156,535.72 20th century.

Mark Hubbard, Rafael Campos, Ryan Brehm, Emiliano Grillo, Thomas Detry – $102,330 25th. Shane Lowry, Scott Stallings, Chesson Hadley, Adam Schenk, Joseph Bramlett, Robby Shelton, Parker Coody, Trace Crowe – $66,262.50 33rd.

Aaron Rai, Hayden Springer, Ryo Hisatsune*, Joe Highsmith – $50,175 37th. Ben Martin, Michael Kim, Austin Eckroat, Nick Hardy, Aaron Baddeley, Maverick McNealy – $40,050 43rd. Min Woo Lee, Keegan Bradley, Justin Lower, Sam Stevens, Alejandro Tosti, Erik Barnes, Sami Valimaki* – $28,530 50s.

Luke List, Bronson Burgoon, Chris Gotterup, S.H. Kim, Dylan Wu, Kevin Dougherty – $21,990 56th. Patrick Cantlay, Justin Rose, Carson Young, Vincent Norrman, Tyson Alexander, Ben Silverman, Tom Hoge, Charley Hoffman – $20,340 64th.

Lanto Griffin, Harris English, Mackenzie Hughes, Ben Taylor, Taiga Semikawa, Sahith Theegala – $19,080 70s. Taylor Moore, Jacob Bridgeman, Alexander Bjork* – $18,270 73rd. Francesco Molinari, Zac Blair – $17,820 Matthieu Pavon, born on November 2, 1992, is a French professional golfer who competes on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

His victory at the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open marked a historic moment as he became the first French golfer to clinch a PGA Tour title since World War II. Pavon's professional journey began when he turned pro, and he initially played on the Alps Tour in 2014 and 2015.

During this time, he achieved notable successes by winning the Open International de Rebetz in 2014 and the Servizitalia Open in 2015. In 2015, Pavon reached the final stage of the European Tour Qualifying School, earning himself a spot on the Challenge Tour for the 2016 season.

Although he didn't secure a victory on the Challenge Tour in 2016, he demonstrated his potential by finishing as the runner-up three times at the Turkish Airlines Challenge, Montecchia Golf Open, and Foshan Open. He also achieved a joint third-place finish in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.

Pavon's consistent performances on the Challenge Tour allowed him to secure his European Tour card for the 2017 season. He finished in sixth place on the Road To Oman Rankings, solidifying his position on the European Tour and paving the way for his successful career as a professional golfer.

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