13 Things You Didn't Know About Denny McCarthy

Here are some facts on the 29-year-old American

Denny McCarthy takes a shot during the first round of the 2022 US Open
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Denny McCarthy is a relative newcomer to the PGA Tour, having spent a total of four years on it to date. Among the American's successes are the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in 2018. As he continues to establish his career, get to know him here.

13 Things You Didn't Know About Denny McCarthy

1. Denny McCarthy was born 4 March 1993 in Takoma Park, Maryland.

2. McCarthy comes from a golfing family, with his brother playing golf at Loyola University in Maryland and his uncle, Mike McCarthy, playing golf at James Madison University in Virginia.

3. The American played college golf at the University of Virginia where he was a two-time All-American.

4. McCarthy enjoyed a great amateur career, and actually featured in the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup team, playing alongside the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Ollie Schniederjans.

5. McCarthy's hobbies include table tennis and basketball, while he played guard for his high school basketball team for four years.

6. As well as the Junior Ryder Cup, he featured in the victorious United States team at the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy, playing with the likes of Beau Hossler and Bryson DeChambeau.

7. After playing in the 2015 Walker Cup, which the US won, McCarthy turned professional, plying his trade on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Denny McCarthy with his 2015 Walker Cup teammates

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8. McCarthy gained his PGA Tour card for the 2017-18 season with a 12th-place finish on the 2017 Korn Ferry Tour Money List.

9. The American is married to Samantha Marzke, with the couple owning two dogs, Juno and Dublin.

10. In his debut season on the PGA Tour, McCarthy finished outside the top-125 of the FedEx Cup playoffs. The following year, the American finished number one on the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Money List, earning exempt status on the PGA Tour for the 2018-19 season.

11. At the 2021 Players Championship, McCarthy made a hole-in-one at the par-3 third hole in his second round.

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12. McCarthy's strength is his putting. He led the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting, for two consecutive seasons up to 2020, with that season's performance ranking as the second-best putting season of the ShotLink era (since 2004). 

13. Before the 2022 US Open, McCarthy’s best finish in a Major was a tie for 42nd in the 2015 US Open.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.