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Steve Elkington

  • Birthplace: Inverell, Australia
  • Residence: Sydney, Australia and Houston, Texas
  • Age: 45
  • Turned Pro: 1985
  • College: Houston
  • Eligibility Code: 1

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Player Notes

One of a long line of Australians to enjoy success on the PGA Tour, Elkington started playing golf at age 10. After winning the Australian Amateur in 1981 he came to America and won the Doug Sanders Junior World Championship. During that week he impressed University of Houston golf coach Dave Williams who offered Elkington a scholarship to play for the Cougars. At Houston he earned All-American honors twice, collected two individual Southwest Conference titles and helped Houston to two NCAA Championships. Elk had problems early in his professional career, in particular, his grass allergies made playing golf difficult. He won his first tournament in 1990, the K-Mart Greater Greensboro Open, winning by two thanks to a final round 66. The following year he won the Players Championship for the first time; he would repeat as champion at Sawgrass in 1997. In 1994 he was hospitalized in January and spent first part of year recuperating from a viral infection. While in the hospital he had a malignant growth removed from his shoulder and in May had further surgery to fix a sinus problem which had hampered his breathing for most of his life. The highpoint of his career came in 1995 at Riviera CC, where he won the PGA Championship, defeating Colin Montgomerie with a birdie on the first sudden death hole. His sinus problems returned, and he had more surgery in March of 1998. Later that spring he was again hospitalized for viral meningitis, but came back in the fall with a win at the Buick Challenge. His meningitis problem returned in '99 and he was forced to withdraw from the Shell Houston Open before the final round even though he was among the leaders. * Played in the first four President Cup matches. * Hobbies include drawing cartons and gardening.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
10 - 1990 Kmart Greater Greensboro Open, 1991 Players Championship, 1992 Infiniti Tournament of Champions, 1994 Buick Southern Open, 1995 Mercedes Championship, PGA Championship, 1997 Doral Ryder Open, Players Championship, 1998 Buick Challenge, 1999 Doral-Ryder Open

Other
1992 Australian Open, 1995 Frank lin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Mark Calcavecchia), 1996 Honda Invitational in Asia, 1997 Diners Club Matches (teamed with Jeff Maggert), 1998 Frank lin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Greg Norman),

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.30 (ranked 19th); money - $548,564 (ranked 18th); Winner, Kmart GGO.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.76 (ranked T53rd); money - $549,120 (ranked 25th); Winner, The Players Championship.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.94 (ranked 10th); money - $746,352 (ranked 12th); Winner, Infiniti Tournament of Champions, beating Brad Faxon in a playoff.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 69.97 (ranked 8th); money - $675,383 (ranked 17th); best finish - 2nd, Kmart GGO, lost playoff to Rocco Mediate.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.10 (ranked 76th); money - $294,9431 (ranked 62nd); Winner, Buick Southern Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 69.59 (ranked 2nd); money - $1,254,352 (ranked 5th); Winner, Mercedes Championship and PGA Championship.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.42 (ranked 23rd); money - $459,637 (ranked 42nd); best finish - T2nd, Buick Classic.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -16; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.90; money - $695,775 (ranked 42nd); Winner, Buick Challenge.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -21; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.96 (ranked T65th); money - $1,086,376 (ranked 35th); Winner, Doral Ryder Open.

2000 Notes
Again had several injuries to contend with including surgery in August to repair torn hip and ball socket.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17 / rounds played - 58 / cuts made - 14; Top-10 finishes -1; Earnings: $232,785; (ranked 154th); best finish - T10th at the Buick Challenge

2000 Stats
scoring average - 71.61 / (133rd); driving distance - 274.5 / (81st); driving accuracy - 70.1% / (70th); GIR - 68.7% / (34th); putting - 1.826 / (188th); birdie average - 3.31 per rd / (125th) / total birdies - 192; sand saves - 49.3% / (157th); scrambling - 54.9% / (174th); all-around rank - 822 / (108th).

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20 / rounds played - 61 / cuts made - 14; Top-10 finishes -2; Earnings: $437,200; (ranked 117th); best finish - T6th at the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic & Texas Open at LaCantera

2001 Stats
scoring average - 71.02 / (79th); driving distance - 280.5 / (82nd); driving accuracy - 69.5% / (77th); GIR - 64.7% / (144); putting - 1.763 / (68th); birdie average - 3.57 per rd / (109th) / total birdies - 218; sand saves - 57.0% / (27th); scrambling - 59.5% / (106th); all-around rank - 766 / (95th).

2002 Notes
Three Top-10 finishes lost in a playoff to Ernie Els at the British Open.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23 / rounds played - 79 / cuts made - 17; Top-10 finishes -3 / best finish - T2nd at the British Open / earnings: $1,084,535; (ranked 59th)

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.86 / (60th); driving distance - 280.5 / (94th); driving accuracy - 63.5% / (169th); GIR - 62.7% / (171st); putting - 1.773 / (103rd); birdie average - 3.24 per rd / (169th) / total birdies - 256; sand saves - 55.8% / (31st); all-around rank - 834 / (110th)

2003 Notes
Had a shoulder injury during the year.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; rounds played - 40; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes -; money - $154,124; (ranked 187th); best finish - T-17th at the Nissan Open

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 61; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $243,238; (ranked 179th); best finish - T-18th at the Reno-Tahoe Open

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.27 / (111th); driving distance - 287.1 / (100th); driving accuracy - 68.2% / (45th); GIR - 66.1% / (69th); putting - 1.796 / (147th); birdie average - 3.41 per rd / (127th) / total birdies - 208; sand saves - 49.0% / (98th); all-around rank - 879 / (128th).

2005 Notes
Made the cut in 16 of 20 starts and earned a career-best $1,410,350 in season earnings. Finished 54th on the money list, his best since 35th in 1999

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 67; in money - 109; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,410,350; (ranked 54th); best finish - T2nd at the PGA Championship

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.32 / (23rd); driving distance - 283.5 / (145th); driving accuracy - 65.9% / (56th); GIR - 67.2% / (40th); putting - 1.793 / (140th); birdie average - 3.31 per rd / (158th) / total birdies - 222; sand saves - 46.7% / (130th); all-around rank - 890 / (138th).

2006 Notes
Three Top-25 finishes.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; rounds played - 51; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $255,197; (ranked 181st); best finish - T17th at the John Deere Classic

2006 Stats
scoring average - 71.09 / (94th); driving distance - 285.8 / (127th); driving accuracy - 73.9% / (7th); GIR - 69.6% / (8th); putting - 1.817 / (182nd); birdie average - 3.22 per rd / (165th) / total birdies - 164; sand saves - 57.1% / (16th); all-around rank - 669 / (62nd).

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; rounds played - 87; in money - 17; Top-10 Finishes - 2; money - $911,875 (ranked 111th); best finish - T5th at the Buick Open.

2007 Stats
scoring average - 70.53 / (55th); driving distance - 280.7 / (164th); driving accuracy - 71.8% / (14th); GIR - 63.0% / (149th); putting - 1.787 / (95th); birdie average - 3.33 per rd / (110th) / total birdies - 290; sand saves - 47.2% / (126th); all-around rank - 907 / (142nd).

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