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CARLOS FRANCO

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Exempt Status: .

Height: 1.75 m / 5-9.

Weight: 75 kg / 165 lbs.

Born 24.May.1965.

Turned PRO in 1986.

His birthplace is Asunción, Paraguay.

Currently residing in Asunción, Paraguay.

Key Facts

PGA TOUR VICTORIES: (4) 1999 COMPAQ Classic of New Orleans, Greater Milwaukee Open. 2000 COMPAQ Classic of New Orleans. 2004 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

OTHER CAREER VICTORIES: 1992 Abierto de Paraguay (Paraguay Open) [SouthAm]. 1993 Abierto de Uruguay (Uruguay Open) [SouthAm], Abierto del Club de Golf Los Leones [SouthAm]. 1994 Jun Classic [Jpn]. 1995 Sapporo Tokyo Open [Jpn]. 1996 ANA Open [Jpn]. 1998 Just System KSB Open [Jpn], Fuji Sankei Classic [Jpn]. 1999 Philippines Open. 2000 Abierto de Paraguay (Paraguay Open) [TLA]. 2001 Aberto do Brasil (Brazil Open) [TLA]. 2003 Aberto do Brasil (Brazil Open) [TLA].

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

2013: Finished the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season ranked No. 42 in the Order of Merit. Had one top-5 finish, three top-25 finishes and six cuts made in eight starts. His best finish was T3 at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open in Guadalajara, Mexico in March. His other top-25 finishes were T12 at the Lexus Peru Open in November and T20 at the 55th Abierto Mexicano de Golf in Mexico City in March… Missed the cut in his only PGA TOUR start of the season at the Sanderson Farms Championship in July… Made only one cut – T29 at the Brasil Classic – in six starts on the Web.com Tour.

2012: Finished the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season ranked No. 27 in the Order of Merit. Had a runner-up finish, two top-10 finishes and four cuts made in as many starts. His best finish was T2 at the Lexus Peru Open, an event he lost by one shot by making double-bogey on the last hole… Made two cuts in seven starts on the Web.com Tour, where his best finish was T47 at the Chile Classic in March.

2011: Did not make a cut in three starts on the PGA TOUR, and his best Web.com Tour finish was a T25 at the Utah Championship.

2010: Made 11 PGA TOUR starts and failed to record a top-10 finish for the fourth consecutive season...Missed the cut in his only two starts on the Web.com Tour.

2009: Made the cut in five of 10 starts on the PGA TOUR with a season-best finish of T38 at the Puerto Rico Open...Second-round 66 at Valero Texas Open was his season-low round.

2008: Played in 25 PGA TOUR events with back-to-back T14s at the RBC Canadian Open and the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open his best finishes.

2007: Started in 12 PGA TOUR events, making the cut in six. Best finish was a T21 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. Played in seven events on Web.com Tour, making the cut in three. Finished T19 at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to earn fully exempt status for 2008… Represented Paraguay at the World Cup in Shenzhen, China. Teamed up with Fabrazio Zanotti to finish T15 among 28 teams.

2006: Only top-10 of the year was T7 at the Ford Championship at Doral. Finished outside the top-150 on the money list for the first time since he joined the tour in 1999.

2005: Surpassed $1 million in earnings for fourth time in career despite making only 14 cuts in 25 starts...Closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish T5 at Wachovia Championship for second consecutive top-10 at Quail Hollow Club...Finished T66 in defense of U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee title...Posted a second-place finish, one stroke behind Jason Gore, at the 84 LUMBER Classic with four rounds in the 60s. Played last 39 holes without a bogey.

2004: Returned to the PGA TOUR winner's circle and earned a spot in the season-ending TOUR Championship for the first time since 2000...T3 at the Wachovia Championship, one shot out of Joey Sindelar-Aaron Oberholser playoff...Won for the first time in more than four years at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Became the seventh player in tournament history to win the event twice, having won it the first time in 1999. Held second-round lead by a stroke and shared third-round lead with Brett Quigley and Patrick Sheehan before defeating Fred Funk and Quigley by two strokes...Finished T3 at the Buick Open, two shots behind champion Vijay Singh.

2003: Made nine straight cuts beginning with his lone top-10 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson...Led the TOUR in eagles with 22... Represented Paraguay in the World Cup. Teamed up with Marco Ruiz to finish T9 at Kiawah Island… Won the Aberto do Brasil – the Brazil Open – for his third career win on the Tour de las Americas in November. Defeated Eduardo Argiró in a suden death playoff for the title at the Sao Fernando Golf Club in Sao Paulo.

2002: Late rally to jump from 131st to 102nd on money list in final five events. Push aided by T10 finishes at the Disney Golf Classic and the Buick Challenge, two of final three events. Those were his only top-10 finishes of the season.

2001: Didn't win or post a top-10 for the first time since joining the TOUR in 1999...Ranked 104th in money with $486,665, both career lows… Teamed up with his brother Angel to represent Paraguay in the World Cup. They finished T21 among 24 teams in Gotemba, Japan… Won the 52nd Aberto do Brasil – the Brazil Open – on the Tour de las Americas. Won by four shots at the Sao Paulo Golf Club in December.

2000: In defense of first PGA TOUR title, at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans, shared second- and third-round leads with Blaine McCallister, then both closed with 68. Won playoff with 3-foot par putt on second extra hole. Became first TOUR player to successfully defend since Jim Furyk won 1998-99 Las Vegas Invitationals. New Orleans victory gave him three victories in 12 months, exceeded at that time only by Tiger Woods...First player in TOUR history to earn more than $1 million in each of first two years ($1,864,584 in 1999)...A member of International Team at Presidents Cup, defeating Hal Sutton in singles and teaming with Shigeki Maruyama in four-ball to beat Tiger Woods and Notah Begay III… Represented Paraguay in the World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Teamed up with Esteban Isasi to finish in third place at the Buenos Aires GC… Won the Abierto de Paraguay – his National Open – by six shots on the Tour de las Americas in December.

1999: Selected PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year...Invited to Masters for first time and was three strokes out of the lead through 54 holes. Final-round 73 good for T6 and another invitation for 2000. Following performance, Paraguay threw a parade for him...In his next appearance, won Compaq Classic of New Orleans. Rounds of 66-69-68 had him two strokes off 54-hole lead. Closing 66 produced two-stroke victory over Steve Flesch and Harrison Frazar, worth $468,000. Became first South American to win on TOUR since Roberto De Vicenzo in Houston in 1968...Earned second victory of rookie season at Greater Milwaukee Open with two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman and set another tournament record. Became only the eighth rookie to win twice since 1960. With victory became first rookie to surpass $1 million in a season and moved to seventh on money list.

1998: Member of the victorious International team at The Presidents Cup. Halved with Phil Mickelson in singles...Gained exempt status on PGA TOUR in fall by finishing 36th at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.

1997: Finished sixth at World Series of Golf at Firestone in third event ever on PGA TOUR.

1993: Made first big impact outside South America with victory over Sam Torrance at Dunhill Cup when Paraguay defeated host Scotland on opening day… Finished the South American Tour season ranked No. 1 with two victories at the Abierto de Uruguay and the Abierto del Club de Golf Los Leones in Chile.

1992: Won his first South American Tour title at the Abierto de Paraguay – his National Open.

PERSONAL: Grew up in poverty in Paraguay. Family of nine shared a one-room, dirt-floor home…Father was a greens superintendent and caddie at course in Asuncion…All five of his brothers became golf professionals. Brother Angel won the 1993 Dominion Open on Web.com Tour…Appointed Minister De Deportes (Minister of Sports) in 1999…Raised more than $700,000 for needy patients at hospitals in Asuncion, including victims from the Aug. 1, 2004 fire that claimed nearly 500 lives…Has often played in events without warming up… Founded the Carlos Franco Country & Golf Club in Arroyos y Esteros, Paraguay in 2003… Founded the Carlos Franco Invitational, his own tournament, which has established as the most important professional tournament in Paraguay.

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