A former bank teller, Austin finished 23rd on the 1994 Nike Tour money list with $72,206. Prior to 1995, his only PGA Tour start was the 1992 Southern Open where he missed the cut. He was the medalist at the 1994 PGA Tour Qualifying school. With his win in the Buick Open and earnings of over $700,000 he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1995. Tore tendons and cartilage in left knee during 1987 Qualifying tournament. Injury sidelined him for two years. . . First injured knee as 11 year-old playing little league baseball.
1 - 1995 Buick Open
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes -6; money $72,206 (ranked 23rd); best finish, 2nd, Nike Santa Rosa Open.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.99 (ranked 67th); money $736,497 (ranked 24th); winner Buick Open.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 35; in money - 26; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.57 (ranked T36th); money $539,397 (ranked 32nd); best finish, T3rd, Buick Open.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 35; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 72.42 (ranked 183rd); money $75,151 (ranked 180th); best finish, T10th, Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.
1998 Nike Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.61 (ranked 1st); money $140,955 (ranked 8th); best finish, 2nd Nike Fort Smith Classic and Nike South Carolina Classic.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.24; money $56,028 (ranked 203rd); best finish, T14th, Greater Milwaukee Open.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.25 (ranked T92nd); money $338,045 (ranked 121st); best finish, T9th, The Reno-Tahoe Open.
returned to the top 100 on the money list for the first time since 1996
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; rounds played -101 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 3; money $485,589 (ranked 100th); best finish T4th at the Buick Open
Scoring - 71.37 / (110th); driving distance - 274.5 / (81st); driving accuracy -69.9% / (77th); GIR - 66.4% / (84th); putting - 1.800 / (161st); birdie average - 3.55 per rd / (74th) / total birdies - 359; sand saves - 52.2% / (122nd); scrambling - 60.9% / (66th); all-around rank - 748 / (86th).
Made the cut in his last three events of the Year, including T16th in National Car Rental/Disney to help secure the last exempt spot for 2002
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; rounds played -95 ; in money -14; top-10 finishes - 2 money $406,352 (ranked 125th); best finish 8th at the John Deere Classic and Sprint International;
Scoring - 72.13 / (171st); driving distance - 275.2 / (141st); driving accuracy -68.7% / (94th); GIR - 65.7% / (104); putting - 1.786 / (129th); birdie average - 3.56 per rd / (110th) / total birdies - 338; sand saves - 49.7% / (122nd); scrambling - 58.9% / (124th); all-around rank - 1035 / (160th).
Earned his way back onto the PGA Tour in 2003 by finishing T26th in the 2002 Qualifying Tournament.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 36; rounds played -99 ; in money -14; top-10 finishes - 1; money $307,348 (ranked 156th); best finish T-10th at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Scoring - 71.93 / (167th); driving distance - 279.9 / (103rd); driving accuracy -64.5% / (155th); GIR - 62.3% / (180th); putting - 1.787 / (145th); birdie average - 3.33 per rd / (155th) / total birdies - 330; sand saves - 55.1% / (36th); all-around rank - 1111 / (174th).
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; Rounds Played - 104; in money - 23; top -10 Finishes - 4; money $1,518,707 Rank (44th); Best finish: 2nd at the MCI Heritage
Scoring - 70.74 / (60th); Driving Distance - 290.8 / (59th); Driving Accuracy - 62.7% / (142nd); GIR - 67.6% / (48th); Putting - 1.763 / (57th); Birdie Average - 4.00 per rd / (18th) / Total Birdies - 416; Sand Saves - 39.7% / (176th); All-Around Rank - 586 / (43rd).
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