Laura Diaz

United States

5'8"

1999

$5,314,476.50

Wake Forest University (1997, Business)

Race to CME Globe

63

Rolex Ranking™

189

Laura Diaz Bio

5’8”...Started playing golf at the age of 9...Credits her father, Ron Philo, Sr., and brother, Ron Philo, Jr., for most influencing her career...Has one brother and one sister...Married Kevin Diaz on Nov. 25, 2000...Maiden name is Philo...Competed as Laura Philo from 1999-2000... Gave birth to son Robert Cooper in 2006 and daughter Lily in 2010…Hobbies include spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, running and shopping...Qualified for the Tour on her second attempt.

LPGA Tour Victories
(2) : 2002 Welch’s/Circle K Championship, LPGA Corning Classic

The Solheim Cup
(4) : 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

2013 in a Nutshell:
• 18 events, 7 cuts made, $40,311 (105)
• Recorded at season-best T32 at the Kingsmill Championship
• Served as an assistant captain on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team

Career Highlights:

2012:
• Best finish was a tie for 39th at the Navistar LPGA Classic.

2011:
• Best finish was a tie for 38th at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G.

2010:
• Tied for fifth at the LPGA Tour Championship.
• Tied for 12th at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV.
• Tied for 28th at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

2009:
• Best finish was a tie for 26th at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
• Also finished tied for 26th at the Honda LPGA Thailand and HSBC Women's Champions.

2008:
• Best finish was a tie for second at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and recorded an additional five top-10 finishes.
• Carded three eagles during the second round of the RICOH Women's British Open - one of only four players in LPGA history to do so.

2007:
• Best finish was a tie for third at both the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola and the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger.
• Crossed the $4 million mark in career earnings with a tie for fourth at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
• Posted a 1-1-1 record in her fourth appearance on the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.

2006:
• Best finish was a tie for fifth at the LPGA Corning Classic.
• Gave birth to son Robert Cooper and competed in her first event exactly two months later at the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola.

2005:
• Recorded best finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she tied for third and crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings.
• Diaz became the second player (Tammie Green, 1998) in history to compete for the U.S. Solheim Cup Team while pregnant and scored one point for the victorious U.S. Team when she defeated Iben Tinning, who was also pregnant at the time, 6&5 in the Sunday singles matches.

2004:
• Recovered from off-season ankle surgery to post seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best second place at The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions.

2003
:
• Best finish was at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage, where she tied for third.
• Posted a career-low 63 in the final round of the LPGA Corning Classic, where she tied for 15th.
• Crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait.
• Was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.

2002:
• Enjoyed her best season on Tour with 10 top-10 finishes and wins at both the Welch’s/Circle K Championship and the LPGA Corning Classic.
• Was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team, for which she posted a 3-1 record.

2001:
• Best finish was a tie for second at the Welch’s/Circle K Championship.
• Recorded the first hole-in-one of her LPGA career during the third round of the Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open.
• Crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings after tying for third at the Weetabix Women’s British Open.

2000:
• Top finish was a tie for third at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

1999:
• Best finish was a tie for sixth at the Michelob Light Classic.

1998:
• Named Rookie of the Year on the Women Professional Golfers’ European Tour (WPGET).
• Qualified for the LPGA Tour at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 20th to earn exempt status for the 1999 LPGA season.

1997:
• Won three times on the Symetra Tour - The Road to the LPGA.
• Turned professional.

Amateur:
• Diaz won the 1995 North-South Amateur Championship and 1996 Eastern Championship.
• In addition, she made it to the quarterfinals of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
• She played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University, where she was the 1995 Atlantic Coast Conference champion, a First-Team All-American from 1996-97 and 1997 Female Athlete of the Year.

Personal:
• 5’8”
• Started playing golf at the age of 9.
• Credits her father, Ron Philo, Sr., and brother, Ron Philo, Jr., for most influencing her career.
• Has one brother and one sister.
• Married Kevin Diaz on Nov. 25, 2000.
• Maiden name is Philo.
• Competed as Laura Philo from 1999-2000.
• Gave birth to son Robert Cooper in 2006 and daughter Lily in 2010.
• Hobbies include spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, running and shopping.
• Qualified for the Tour on her second attempt.

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