Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
Resides: Los Angeles, CA
College: University of California - Berkeley
Turned Professional: 2014
2015-2016 FedEx Cup Rank: N/A
Professional Wins: N/A
Honors & Accolades: N/A
Length: Saying that Brandon Hagy is long off the tee is an understatement, the University of California alum ranked 2nd on the Web.com Tour in 2016 in driving distance. Hagy averaged a mind-boggling 321 yards per drive which sets up a ton of birdie opportunities.
Areas for Improvement
Iron play: Hagy’s length sets up a lot of wedges and short irons and much like other young long-hitters, this is an area he needs to improve. With improved accuracy and consistency, he’s on the path to become a world class player.
A look at Brandon Hagy’s Swing
"Hagy creates great extension with a well established one piece takeaway. He really loads the club. I call it massive 'squat' on the downswing, he gets everything moving forward and down which creates tremendous power. Just past impact he's got a little Dustin Johnson in him...due to so much power, there's a little 'give' just after the hit ala DJ. This kid has a great swing and it’s more unique than most of the young guns."
2016-2017 PGA Tour Outlook
I really like Hagy’s long-term potential on the PGA Tour. In looking at his entire golf career, Hagy proved his ability to go low at every level, a skill which should serve him well on the PGA Tour level. I expect Hagy to become a mainstay on Tour, with the potential to become a superstar with his prodigious length.
Brandon Hagy’s Path to the PGA Tour
The Junior Years
As a junior player, Brandon Hagy was one of the best players in the Los Angeles area. Playing at Westlake High School, he won his league and was named Ventura County Junior Golfer of the Year during his Junior and Senior seasons. Hagy was also a force on the national circuit where he was a FCWT first-team All-American and an AJGA scholastic All-American. Hagy’s combination of academic and on-course success made him a very highly recruited player, and he chose to play his college golf at the University of California-Berkeley.
The college and amateur years (2009-2014)
As a Freshman, Brandon Hagy made an immediate impact for the Cal Bears, playing in 9 events as a Freshman. Hagy was able to finish his year strong with top 25 finishes at both the Pac-10 Championship and the San Diego NCAA Regional.
In the summer of 2010, Hagy hit the amateur circuit with his best finish coming at the Southwestern Amateur where he finished in a tie for 10th. He headed back to Cal and decided to take a redshirt season in order to ensure that he would earn a degree from Cal’s business school, a tough task to accomplish in four years.
Over winter break of this redshirt season (2011), Hagy trekked to Florida for the prestigious New Year’s Invitational and won. In his next tournament out, the San Francisco City Championship, he again found the winner’s circle. Over the summer of 2011, Hagy played in many of country’s biggest invitational tournaments, registering top 10 finishes in the Monroe invitational and the California State Fair.
Hagy returned for his redshirt Sophomore season at Cal and became one of the best players in college golf earning honorable mention All-American and 2nd Team Pac-12 honors.
The summer amateur season of 2012 saw Hagy continue to flourish as he finished t8th in the Sunnehanna and t3rd in the Northeast Amateur before making a run in the U.S. Amateur. Hagy finished third in a tie for 3rd during medal play and then made a semifinal match play run before bowing out to Steven Fox. Hagy capped off his summer with a win over teammates Max Homa and Michael Kim at the California State Fair.
Hagy’s strong summer carried into his redshirt junior year when he became a star in college golf. His season was highlighted by a win at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and a 3rd place individual finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. For his strong play, Hagy found himself on the Hogan Award Watch list and a 2nd team All-American.
In his Senior Season, Hagy earned 1st team All-American honors. The honor was fueled by three wins which came at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate and the prestigious Aggie Invitational. Following his appearance in the 2014 Palmer Cup, Hagy decided to turn professional.
Turnin’ pro (2014-Present)
After such a stellar collegiate career, Hagy competed in three Web.com Tour events making the cut in one. In the fall, Hagy headed to Web.com Tour Q-School in hopes to earn a card, and he was able to advance through the first stage but fell short in the 2nd stage. This left him with no status for the 2015 season.
Without status on the Web.com Tour, Hagy decided to call in some sponsor’s exemptions for the PGA Tour in 2016. Because of his high profile career at Cal, Hagy was able to get a lot of starts on the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing. In his eight PGA Tour starts, he made two cuts with his best finish, a tie for 16th, coming at the Puerto Rico Open. Hagy also managed to get seven starts on the Web.com Tour, where he made four cuts.
This time at Q-School, Hagy was able to make his way to the final stage and earn status on the Web.com Tour. However, his t79th finish in the final stage netted him only conditional status. With just conditional status, Hagy would need a strong finish to move up the priority rankings and earn regular starts.
In just his 2nd start in the 2016 Web.com Tour season, Hagy finished t8th, earning him valuable priority ranking points and regular starts. With regular starts coming, Hagy was able to rack up four more top 10 finishes and earn his PGA Tour card by finishing 19th on the regular season money list.