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Carlos Franco
Personal information
Full name Carlos Daniel Franco
Born 24 May 1965 (1965-05-24) (age 56)
Asunción, Paraguay
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  Paraguay
Career
Turned professional 1986
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Asia Golf Circuit
Professional wins 25
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Japan Golf Tour 5
Champions Tour 2
Other 14
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters Tournament T6: 1999
U.S. Open T34: 1999
The Open Championship T54: 2001
PGA Championship T18: 2003
Achievements and awards
Asia Golf Circuit
Order of Merit winner
1994
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1999

Carlos Daniel Franco (born 24 May 1965) is a Paraguayan professional golfer. He is the brother of golfer Ángel Franco.

Franco was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He comes from a poor background and grew up in a one-room, dirt-floor home. His father was a greenkeeper and caddie, and he has five brothers, all of whom became golf professionals. Carlos turned professional in 1986 and has played in many parts of the world. He has won more than twenty tournaments in Latin America, and from 1994 to 1999 he won five times on the Japan Golf Tour. He also won the 1994 Philippine Open title on the Asia Golf Circuit and claimed the Order of Merit title that season. He first played on the U.S.-based PGA Tour in 1999 and was fully exempt until 2006. He was the first rookie to surpass $1 million in earnings in a season and won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year title. He won four times on the PGA Tour. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings, going as high as 16th in 2000. He is also one of the few non-Americans to win a Presidents Cup as a member of the 1998 team.

After struggling to stay on the PGA Tour, Franco also played on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamérica. Franco joined the Champions Tour after turning 50.

At the 2019 Pan American Games, Franco teamed with Fabrizio Zanotti, Julieta Granada, and Sofia García, to win the silver medal in the mixed team event.

Professional wins (25)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 9 May 1999 Compaq Classic of New Orleans −19 (66-69-68-66=269) 2 strokes United States Steve Flesch, United States Harrison Frazar
2 11 Jul 1999 Greater Milwaukee Open −16 (65-66-67-66=264) 2 strokes United States Tom Lehman
3 7 May 2000 Compaq Classic of New Orleans (2) −18 (67-67-68-68=270) Playoff United States Blaine McCallister
4 25 Jul 2004 U.S. Bank in Milwaukee (2) −13 (68-63-69-67=267) 2 strokes United States Fred Funk, United States Brett Quigley

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2000 Compaq Classic of New Orleans United States Blaine McCallister Won with par on second extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 25 Sep 1994 Jun Classic −16 (65-67-68-72=272) 2 strokes Japan Tsuneyuki Nakajima
2 11 Jun 1995 Sapporo Tokyu Open −10 (68-69-69-72=278) 1 stroke Japan Shinji Ikeuchi, Japan Kazuhiro Takami
3 15 Sep 1996 ANA Open −6 (67-73-74-68=282) 1 stroke Japan Masahiro Kuramoto
4 29 Mar 1998 Just System KSB Open −17 (70-65-67-65=267) 4 strokes Philippines Frankie Miñoza
5 10 May 1998 Fujisankei Classic −9 (69-70-67-69=275) 1 stroke Republic of China Chen Tze-chung

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1996 Dydo Drinco Shizuoka Open Japan Yoshikazu Sakamoto, Japan Nobuo Serizawa Sakamoto won with par on first extra hole

Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 20 Feb 1994 Philippine Open −8 (72-69-68-71=280) Playoff South Korea Choi Sang-ho

Other wins (13)

  • 1985 Chile Open
  • 1986 Chaco Open (Argentina)
  • 1987 Asunción Open (Paraguay)
  • 1990 Norpatagonico Open (Argentina)
  • 1991 Daytron Cup (Paraguay)
  • 1992 Paraguay Open
  • 1993 Los Leones Open (Chile), Uruguay Open, Asunción Open (Paraguay)
  • 2000 Paraguay Open
  • 2001 Brazil Open
  • 2003 Brazil Open
  • 2004 Center Open (Argentina)

PGA Tour Champions wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 4 Sep 2016 Shaw Charity Classic −18 (66-63-63=192) 2 strokes United States Michael Allen, Germany Bernhard Langer
2 23 Apr 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf
(with Fiji Vijay Singh)
−15 (51-42=93) 1 stroke United States Fred Funk and United States Jeff Sluman,
United States Paul Goydos and United States Kevin Sutherland,
United States Corey Pavin and United States Duffy Waldorf

Results in major championships

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament T6 T7 46 CUT
U.S. Open T34 T61 CUT WD CUT
The Open Championship CUT T64 CUT CUT T54
PGA Championship 70 T40 T26 T58 T29 T18 T31 T59

     Top 10      Did not play WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 8
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 3 22 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (1998 Open Championship – 1999 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
The Players Championship CUT T27 CUT T22 T48 T58 CUT T45

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Match Play R32 R64
Championship T48 T45 NT1 T28
Invitational T7 T27 20 T42 T58

1Cancelled due to 9/11
     Top 10      Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

Results in senior major championships

Results are not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
The Tradition T48 T34 T34 68 NT T74
Senior PGA Championship CUT T38 T49 T28 NT CUT
Senior Players Championship T20 T54 T43 67 T56 T72
U.S. Senior Open CUT T28 NT CUT
Senior British Open Championship CUT T18 T43 NT

     Did not play CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Team appearances

  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Paraguay): 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999
  • World Cup (representing Paraguay): 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Presidents Cup (International Team): 1998 (winners), 2000
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