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David Whelan

David Whelan

Director
With IMG Since:
2003

Hometown:

Newcastle, UK
Languages spoken: 
English

About David Whelan

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Practice like you play and play like you practice - Simple yet poignant words from IMG Academy Director of Golf David Whelan, who has coached in over 400 PGA tour events with notable names like LPGA player and 2010 US Women’s Open Champion Paula Craemer, 2009 LPGA British Open champion Catriona Matthew, and 2010 US Amateur winner Peter Uihlein to name a few.  

Turning pro in 1980, David Whelan traveled from country to country playing on the European Tour for over 12 years. During his tenure as professional golfer, Whelan outshined then British Open Champion and #1 ranked player on tour Nick Faldo in the 1988 Barcelona Open, beating him out in addition to Barry Lane and Mark Mouland in a four way playoff to take the win! After receiving the Epson Most Improved player in 1988, David continued playing on the European tour under the guidance of David Leadbetter’s instruction and from there he began learning the game of golf from the coach’s point of view. 

Transitioning from professional player to coach, David partnered with his mentor in 1992, joining Leadbetter’s golf academies as the European Director of Instruction. Ten years later, Whelan joined the staff here at IMG Academy in Bradenton where he then took over as Director in 2003. Today, David continues to emphasize the importance of learning from the green back to the tee with players and golf enthusiasts of all ages, while continuing his work with some of the top players in the world.

Education/Accreditations

Full member of the PGA and PGA European Tour
Certified Leadbetter Instructor

Experience:

Coaching Experience

IMG Academy golf program Bradenton, FL (2003 – Present)
European Director of Instruction for DLGA (1993-2002)
Cambridge University Golf Team Coach (1995-1999)
National Junior Tour Coach UK (1995-1999)

Playing Experience

12 years on the European PGA Tour
Winner of the Barcelona Open beating Nick Faldo in playoff
5 Winter tours of South Africa
Winner Epson most improved player 1988

Notable Students

Paula Creamer – LPGA Tour, Solheim Cup Team member
Aree Song – LPGA Tour
Naree Song – LPGA Tour
Tom Gillis – PGA Tour
Casey Wittenberg – PGA Tour
Gary Orr – European Tour
Dean Robertson – European Tour
Peter Baker – European Tour, European Ryder Cup Team member
David Guilford – European Tour, European Ryder Cup Team member
Paul Lawrie – European Tour, British Open Champion, European Ryder Cup Team member
Per Ulrik Johansson – European Tour, European Ryder Cup Team Member
Carl Sunnesson – European Tour
Adam Hunter – European Tour
Catriona Mathew
Rachael Hertherington

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