Aaron Rai: 20 Facts You Didn’t Know About The PGA Tour Pro

Get to know English professional golfer, Aaron Rai a little better with these 20 facts about his life and career in the game

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Aaron Rai is a name regularly seen on PGA Tour leaderboards, but very few know an awful lot about him as a person or as a golfer. Keep reading if you want to discover some interesting facts about the two-time European Tour winner.

1. Rai was born on March 3, 1995, in Wolverhampton, England.

2. He started his golfing journey at the Three Hammers Golf Complex and joined Patshull Park when he was only five years old.

3. The Englishman was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

4. Rai has three older siblings: two sisters and one brother.

5. Before the age of eight, he wanted to be a racing driver and would often wear Ferrari T-shirts and jumpers in junior golf competitions.

6. Rai fell into golf by accident. Having hurt himself with a hockey stick as a toddler, Rai’s mother went out to buy plastic sticks to make things safer. She returned with plastic golf clubs instead, and Rai was hooked.

7. After being given a Lee Westwood putting aid at 15, Rai holed 207 consecutive putts of 10 feet, setting a World Record in the process.

8. The Englishman turned professional in 2012; competing first on the EuroPro, and then the Challenge Tour.

Aaron Rai Headcovers

Rai's Headcovers. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

9. Rai uses iron head covers. This stems from his father, who taught him to respect and look after his equipment.

10. In 2017, Rai won three times on the Challenge Tour. The third win automatically qualified him for the European Tour.

11. When Rai won the Kenya Open in 2017, it was a special victory in more ways than one: Rai’s mother is of Kenyan-Indian descent and had not visited the the country in 47 years.

12. Although he did not win in his debut year on the European Tour, Rai claimed victory at the Hong Kong Open; the first event of the 2019 European Tour season.

13. The Englishman has a full TaylorMade bag, except his Titleist Vokey wedges.

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Aaron Rai Hong Kong

Rai Beat Matthew Fitzpatrick In His First European Tour Win. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images,)

14. Rai is coached by duo Piers Ward and Andy Proudman from ‘Me and My Golf’.

15. The Englishman defeated Tommy Fleetwood in a playoff at the 2020 Scottish Open - a Rolex Series event - his biggest win to date.

16. Rai secured his PGA Tour card in 2021 after finishing second at the Albertsons Boise Open - part of the Korn Ferry Tour finals. He held a one-shot lead going into the last hole but double bogeyed 18 to finish one stroke behind eventual winner, Greyson Sigg.

17. His highest finish at a Major arrived in the 2021 Open Championship. Rai ended in a tie for 19th at Royal St. George's.

18. At the 2023 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Rai made an ace at the world-famous par-3 17th on his way to finishing T19 - his best result at the flagship event.

19. His highest finish in a PGA Tour event, to date, was T3 at the 2023 Canadian Open.

Why Does Aaron Rai Wear Two Gloves?

20. He is one of the few professionals to wear two gloves. He has done this since the age of eight. Speaking to BBC Sport about the idiosyncrasy, Rai said: "I started wearing them from the age of eight for better grip. My game isn't pretty without them."

Aaron Rai Scottish Open

Rai defeated Tommy Fleetwood in October (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


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NameAaron Rai
BornMarch 3, 1995 in Wolverhampton, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned Professional2012
Current Tour(s)PGA Tour/DP World Tour
Professional Wins6
Career-High OWGR61st
Jonny Leighfield
Staff Writer

Jonny Leighfield is our Staff News Writer who joined Golf Monthly just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Sport Journalism in 2017 and spent almost five years as the sole sports reporter at his local newspaper. An improving golfer who still classes himself as ‘one of the worst players on the Golf Monthly team’, Jonny enjoys playing as much as he can and is hoping to reach his Handicap goal of 18 at some stage. He attended both the 150th and 151st Opens and is keen to make it an annual pilgrimage.