Born and raised in Poway, CA, just a little north of San Diego, Charley began golfing at the age of seven with his friend Bill Lunde’s grandfather, who used to call and send him notes of encouragement until he recently passed away. He grew up playing out Stone Ridge Country Club in Poway, where his parents and brother’s family are still members.
Charley grew up playing San Diego Jr. Golf. The San Diego Junior Golf Association (SDJGA) is one of the best junior golf programs in the country. He followed behind such greats as Craig Stadler, Phil Mickleson and Chris Riley. He grew up battling with fellow PGA Tour player Pat Perez.
Charley played golf for Poway High School under Coach Bob Champion. He became the first two-time California State High School Champion in both 1994 and 1995. He qualified three times as an amateur for the Buick Invitational, the PGA Tour Event in San Diego. At the time, he was the youngest golfer at the age of 16 to qualify for that tournament. Two years later, he went on to make the cut at the age of 18. Recruiters from several schools came out to watch Charley, but after a visit with the UNLV team he decided to become a Running Rebel.
Golf was not the only sport Charley played growing up. Actually, his favorite sport as a kid was baseball. He was also part of a traveling soccer team and went on to play soccer in high school in addition to golf. In fact, Charley remains close friends with many of the guys he played youth soccer with over the years. In his free time, Charley also loved skateboarding, skiing and going to the beach.
Charley played at UNLV under Coach Dwaine Knight and was a member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team. He received an Honorable Mention All-American in 1998. While at UNLV his teammates included Chris Riley, Chad Campbell, Bill Lunde, Adam Scott, Jeremy Anderson and many other great golfers.
Charley graduated from UNLV in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.
Charley paid his dues on the mini tours and the Nationwide Tour since college graduation. In 2004, he qualified his way back onto the Nationwide Tour and won the 2004 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic by defeating Craig Lile and Jeff Gove in a three hole playoff.
As a rookie on the Tour, Charley entered 29 events and posted five top 10’s to earn 82nd on the money list enabling him to keep his card for the 2007 season. His best finish was at the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas where he tied for 5th. He also finished 10th in driving distance.
Charley started out his second season on the PGA Tour with a win at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. It was his first event of the season, as well as his first appearance at the Bob Hope. On the 17th hole, Charley hit a 4 iron into the wind that was gusting up to 35 mph to about 25 feet from the hole. He was fortunate enough to get a good read on the putt from his playing partner Dudley Hart who made his birdie putt on a similar line just outside of him. Charley then stepped up, took a few deep breaths, and knocked in his birdie putt. Going into the 18th hole, he was one shot back from the lead. On the par 5 18th hole, Charley hit a long drive and then used his 8 iron to hit his second shot to within 8 feet. He sunk the putt for eagle. In celebration, he threw his golf ball to Actor/Comedian George Lopez. Charley went on to capture his first victory by defeating John Rollins in a one-hole playoff.
Charley made his first appearance at The World Golf Championship, The Players Championship, and the British Open, where he finished T35. He finished the year 50th on both the money list and FedEx Cup points.
Since joining the PGA TOUR in 2007, Charley’s consistent play has earned him the respect of his fellow playing professionals as his stroke average has continued improve each season. He’s proven himself against the best players in world and shot an impressive 62 final round to win the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship, one of the Tour’s Fed Ex Playoff events. This win provided Charley with invitations to all 4 majors in the 2011 season, including his first appearance at The Masters at Augusta National.