Born December 8, 1980, Brandt currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Mandy, his daughter Lily, and his son Austin. Brandt graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2003 with a degree in communications, won the 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links, and then turned professional in 2004. He is one of the classiest and most charitable individuals in professional golf, and has been a Mastercard Ambassador since 2009.
In 2007, Brandt racked up six top-10 finishes, including a win at The Wyndham Championship. At the Buick Invitational, Brandt tied the Torrey Pines North Course record with an 11-under par 61, and his 9-under 27 on the front nine tied a PGA TOUR® record. Brandt’s peers voted him Rookie of the Year, and his earnings of $2.8 million at the time were the largest of any rookie. He finished the regular season 9th in FedExCup points, and was the 15th rookie to ever qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
In 2008, Brandt had five top-10 finishes including a 3rd place finish at the Masters and a 9th place finish at the U.S. Open. That year he was also selected to the World Cup team with fellow American, Ben Curtis. Brandt closed 2009 with a bang, finishing in the top 10 five times and the top 5 three times over the last few months of the season. He finished 55th on the money list, and 33rd in the FedExCup standings.
Brandt had a great start in 2010, including a runner-up finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and T-8th finishes at the U.S. Open & Wyndham Championship. During the year he made over $1 million, gained exemptions to the 2011 Masters and U.S. Open, and finished 37th in the FedExCup standings.
In 2011, Brandt achieved several career highs: in top-10 finishes, with seven; in earnings, with $3.6 million; and in rankings, reaching 24th in the Official Golf World Rankings. He also captured his second PGA TOUR victory at the RBC Heritage with a playoff win over #1 world-ranked Luke Donald.
In 2012, Brandt had his best year yet. He put forth a record breaking T-3rd at the British Open Championship where he broke the 36-hole scoring record with a score of 130, and also won the TOUR Championship en route to becoming the FedExCup Champion.
2013 was another great year for Brandt. He captured two more victories at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the RBC Canadian Open, and added nine top-10 finishes.
In 2015, Brandt got off to a great start winning his seventh professional victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.