If he had followed in his father’s footsteps, Daniel Berger might have become a tennis player. Nevertheless, he decided to go his own way as a professional golfer and today he is one of the few celebrated players.
Daniel’s father – Jay Berger was a former professional tennis player who was so good that he finished seventh in the world in 1990. He also worked as a coach and director of men’s tennis for the United States Tennis Association. But Daniel’s grandmother (on his father’s side), Roslyn “Cookie” Swift Berger, made a name for herself as an amateur golfer and was inducted into the Greater Buffalo, New York Sports Hall of Fame, in 2000.
After his second consecutive All-American first-team finish, Daniel Berger turned pro at the end of his second year at Florida State University. In 2015 he was named Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour.
Daniel Berger Brief Biography
The American professional golfer was born on April 7, 1993, in Plantation, Florida. He comes from a Jewish family with parents – Nadia (mother) and Jay Berger (father), who used to play professional tennis.
Daniel’s childhood was spent mostly in Key Biscayne until his family moved after about ten years. It was only in their new home in Jupiter, Florida, that his interest in golf began to manifest itself. He started playing at the age of 11 or 12 and had his first hole-in-one at 13. However, Daniel did not play the game until high school when he graduated from William T. Dwyer High School in 2011. However, he received his golf club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he won both the SunTrust Gator Invitational and the Seminole Intercollegiate and led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with an average of 69.36 shots in the 2013 season. In his second year at the university, Daniel Berger took second place in the 2013 NCAA Golf Championship and was named twice the first-team leader by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek. At the end of his second year of study, Berger became a professional golfer. He was 20 years old at that time.
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His Professional Days As A Golfer
The golfer qualified for the Web.com Tour and played four events after becoming a professional in 2013. The following year, his performance earned him a promotion to the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 season – he finished the TPC Stonebrae Championship as a T2 and finished 15th in the Web.com Tour rankings for the entire season.
In 2015, Berger missed a chance to set a record after reaching the play-off round of the Honda Classic with a 6 under par 64 in the final round but lost to Padraig Harrington. He also made the cut in 17 of 31 events in the 2015 season, finishing in the top 10 with six top 10 finishes, including two seconds. He was also the only rookie to make it into the Tour Championship field at the end of September that year. He ended the season in 11th place in the FedEx Cup Leaderboard, 25th on the money list – earning more than $3 million – and was also the PGA Tour rookie of the year.
In the 2016 season at the FedEx St. Jude Classic near Memphis, Berger took his first victory on the PGA Tour. This secured him 29th place in the official golf world rankings. His earnings amounted to 1.1 million dollars.
Berger successfully defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic. Jude Classic title successfully defended in the 2017 PGA Tour season. This moved him up to 24th place in the world rankings and later in July he advanced to 20th place.
Daniel Berger’s Family: Wife, Girlfriend
The golfer grew up in a Jewish family. His parents are Nadia (mother) and Jay Berger (father). His father played tennis at a young age, while his paternal grandmother, known as Roslyn “Cookie” Swift Berger, played golf. Daniel Berger has two brothers and one sister as siblings.
At the moment Daniel is not married yet but is said to have a relationship with a model named Victoria Slater, who is his biggest fan. The golfer currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.
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Quick Facts You Need To Know About Daniel Berger
The golfer’s father was a professional tennis player. Apparently, he didn’t want to follow in his footsteps.
He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Daniel Berger didn’t play golf in high school but did well in his college career at Florida State University.
Although his actual net worth is not known, the income from his PGA Tour career is well over $10 million.