10 Things You Didn't Know About Hayden Buckley

Get to know the American professional golfer Buckley a little better with these 10 facts.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Hayden Buckley
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Hayden Buckley

1. His full name is Charles Hayden Buckley and was born March 1, 1996.

2. He won the 2019 ATB Financial Classic on the PGA Tour Canada and the 2021 LECOM Suncoast Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour

3. Buckley attended the University of Missouri where he studied Health Science. As such he loves the Missouri Tigers and was named the Mizzou Male Athlete of the Year in 2018. 

4. At high school he helped his team to three state titles and four consecutive district championships during his high school tenure. 

5. His earliest golf memory is hitting with plastic clubs in his grandfather's yard. He was swinging left handed and was promptly yelled at to turn around to the right side.

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6. His college roommate was a country music singer/songwriter who helped him fall in love with playing the guitar. Buckley brings his guitar when he travels and uses it to relax after a long day.

7. Spent two weeks in China teaching kids English and sharing his passion for golf. In fact his favorite memory off the course was playing a pickup basketball game in front of over 200 kids at a school in China. Very few could speak English, but he says they all wanted autographs and pictures.

8. Buckley was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

9. In early high school he was actually more interested in baseball, like his father. In fact his dad played baseball in college, but he says that after sitting on the bench for a year, he ended his baseball career to focus on attending medical school.

10. Buckley enjoys hunting and fishing when not on the golf course. 

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6