Bud Cauley is a Jacksonville local that just so happens to be taking the PGA by storm. After enrolling at the University of Alabama as one of the most highly sought-after recruits, Cauley earned SEC Freshman of the Year and was named to Golfweek’s First-Team All-American.

After a successful first two years, Cauley turned Pro and became part of an exclusive 6 member club that have earned their PGA Tour Card as a rookie without going to PGA Qualifying School.

As Cauley climbs through the PGA rankings, he will certainly be one to watch as a Jacksonville local in this year’s THE PLAYERS…


Growing up in Jacksonville, what do you love most about this city?

The beach area. Good place to be, has a great vibe, good food and lots to do. You can’t beat Jacksonville Beach

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on the course during the afterhours?

I played night golf at TPC Sawgrass with glow in the dark balls with Ben Crane. That was a lot of fun and different.

What is one movie you recommend everyone should see before they die?

Tony (my caddie) and I are always joking about a random movie called Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy. We have fun quoting some of the lines from the movie.

If you could have one meal and one drink for the rest of your life, what it would be and why?

Probably get the shrimp tacos from Taco Lu and a sweet tea

Favorite team outside of golf?

Definitely follow the jaguars being from Jacksonville. Love going to those games when I’m home. Friends of mine all had a group of tickets together (15 of us). We all go down there with three or four cars and set up in the parking lot with some grills. Just a great time.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

I’ve been getting into Sons of Anarchy.


Favorite hobby outside of golf that doesn’t require electricity?

I live right on 11th south so going to the beach is the answer here.

Pro athlete you envy the most and why?

Michael Jordan because he’s well-liked and just the respect he has earned from his peers.

Who’s your biggest Hollywood crush?

Mila Kunis, no doubt about it

Three things in your fridge

You would probably find a Monster Energy Drink, some Popsicles and a bottle of water.

Prediction on who will win THE PLAYERS (besides yourself)

Matt Every is practicing at Sawgrass a lot

What’s your favorite hole at the Players besides #17?

16 is great risk reward hole. I like making birdies and this is a fun hole to go for.

What is the biggest “for fun” purchase you have made with your earnings for far?

I haven’t bought anything cool yet, but I’ve been looking at a 56’ Cadillac. Seems like it would do well in Jax Beach rolling around the beach in a 56 Caddy convertible.