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Carlos Franco

Carlos Franco
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Carlos Daniel Franco
Born (1965-05-24)24 May 1965
Asunción, Paraguay
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  Paraguay
Turned professional 1986
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Japan Golf Tour 5
Asian Tour 1
Other 12
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T6: 1999
U.S. Open T34: 1999
The Open Championship T54: 2001
PGA Championship T18: 2003
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Carlos Daniel Franco (born 24 May 1965) is a Paraguayan professional golfer. He is the brother of golfer Angel Franco.

Franco was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He comes from a poor background and grew up in a one-room, dirt-floor home. His father was a greenkeeper and caddy, and he has five brothers, all of whom became golf professionals. Carlos turned professional in 1986 and has played in many parts of the world. He has won more than twenty tournaments in Latin America, and from 1994 to 1999 he won five times on the Japan Golf Tour. He also claimed the 1994 Philippine Open title on the Asian Tour. Since 1999, he has played on the U.S. based PGA Tour, although he has not been fully exempt since 2006. He was the first rookie to surpass $1 million in earnings in a season and won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year title. He has won four times on the PGA Tour, though his last professional win came in 2004. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

After struggling to stay on the PGA Tour, Franco also played on the Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Professional wins (22)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 9 May 1999 Compaq Classic of New Orleans −19 (66-69-68-66=269) 2 strokes Steve Flesch, Harrison Frazar
2 11 Jul 1999 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (65-66-67-66=264) 2 strokes Tom Lehman
3 7 May 2000 Compaq Classic of New Orleans −18 (67-67-68-68=270) Playoff Blaine McCallister
4 25 Jul 2004 U.S. Bank in Milwaukee −13 (68-63-69-67=267) 2 strokes Fred Funk, Brett Quigley

Japan Golf Tour wins (5)

Asian Tour wins (1)

Other wins (13)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T6
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T64 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T40 T26
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament T7 46 DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship CUT T54 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T58 T29 DNP T18 T31 T59

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 3 21 13
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (1998 Open Championship – 1999 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances

See also

External links

  • Carlos Franco at the PGA Tour official site
  • Carlos Franco at the Japan Golf Tour official site
  • The Carlos Franco Country And Golf Club's official site
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