Who is Eric Cole? Bio for the 2024 John Deere Classic contender

Who is Eric Cole? Bio for the 2024 John Deere Classic contender

A photo of Eric Cole SILVIS, IL - JULY 06: Golfer Eric Cole tees off on the #2 hole during the third round of the John Deere Golf PGA Classic on July 06, 2024, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis IL. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Eric Cole is a contender in the final round of the 2024 John Deere Classic, the PGA Tour's event in the Quad Cities in the Midwest. If Cole is able to track down leader Davis Thompson on Sunday, Cole could secure his first PGA Tour win.

Cole is 35 years old, and he has status on the PGA Tour this season after finishing in the top 50 in the FedEx Cup final standings last season.

However, for Cole, his journey to the PGA Tour is a remarkable story.

Cole was born in Palm Springs, Calif. He went to Nova Southeastern University for school and college golf.

Cole is hitting his prime

Eric Cole has won at every level, including as an amateur and after he turned pro in 2009. He joined the Korn Ferry Tour in 2016, then got to the PGA Tour after a lengthy journey.

Cole has won 51 times on the Minor League Golf Tour, and he might be finally read to turn that success up on the PGA Tour.

Entering this week, Cole was 56th in FedEx Cup points and ranked 51st in the Official World Golf Ranking. He earned his way into this event through his status achieved this season on the PGA Tour.

In his personal life, Cole engaged to be married to his fiance, Stepahnie Williams.

What a win at TPC Deere Run means

With a win today, Cole would earn the benefits of being a PGA Tour winner, including berths into the The Players in March, the Masters in April, the 2025 PGA Championship and British Open Championship in July. He would gain fully exempt status for the remainder of this season and the next two after that. And, according to the 2024 John Deere Classic payout, he would win $1.440 million to top it all off.

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