Robert (Bobby) Gates is a American professional who hails from Gainsville, Florida. He turned professional after graduating from the Texas A&M University and played on the Gateway Tour in 2008.
Bobby then joined the Nationwide Tour in 2010 after finishing T-42 at the 2009 PGA Tour qualifying school. He won in his debut event on Tour, the 2010 New Zealand Open when he saw his six-shot lead with 11 holes to play whittled away by Australian Andrew Dodt in the final round.
The 2m tall American stood tall down the final two holes to win by a shot and went on to say
“The trophy is nice and the cheque helps, but just knowing this week that I was able to play against some of the greatest golfers in the world and I was the best gives me encouragement that I’m doing things right”.
He finished the year 16th on the money list and earned his 2011 PGA Tour card. He missed retaining his tour card by one spot and $1,431. Gates later regained his Tour Card through Q School but finished outside the top 125 (141st) on the money list in 2012 and had to earn his 2013 PGA Tour card through Q School.