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Stephen Ames

  • Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad
  • Residence: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Age: 44
  • Turned Pro: 1987
  • College: Boca Raton
  • Eligibility Code: 6, 10

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Player Notes

Born of an English father and Portuguese mother, Ames is the first professional from Trinidad and Tobago to play on both the European Tour, and then the PGA Tour. His grandmother was Trinidad and Tobago champion 20 different times. He went to Florida on a golf scholarship and in trying to get his PGA Tour card suffered a neck injury. Not being able to play on the PGA Tour he joined the Hogan Tour in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He not only won in 1991 he finished eighth on the Hogan Tour money list. After the 1992 season he went over and played on the European Tour. Got on the PGA Tour when he finished third at the 1997 PGA Tour qualifying tournament. He lives in Calgary, Canada, with his Canadian wife, Jodi, a former flight attendant he met on a flight. Due to visa problems, he had problems playing in PGA Tour events in 1999.

Career Victories

European Tour
2 - 1994 Open V33, 1996 Benson and Hedges

Nationwide Tour
1 - 1991 Ben Hogan Pensacola Open

PGA Tour
3 - 2004 Cialis Western Open, 2006 Players Championship, 2007 Children's Miracle Network Classic

Career Summary

1994 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.83 (ranked T46th); money - ?97,300 (ranked 58th); Winner, Open V33.

1995 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.32 (ranked T70th); money - ?80,218 (ranked 77th); best finish - T7th, British Masters.

1996 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.65 (ranked 24th); money - ?271,901 (ranked 13th); Winner, Benson and Hedges.

1997 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.07 (ranked T25th); money - ?183,191 (ranked 30th); best finish - T4th, Dimension Data Pro-Am. Played in just five events, best finish -T19th Madeira Island Open.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.69 (ranked 42nd); money - $357,859 (ranked 83rd); best finish -3rd, Nissan Open.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.66 (ranked T44th); money - $460,760 (ranked 84th); best finish -3rd, Sprint International.

2000 Notes
Finished in the top 70 on the money list for the first time.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; rounds played - 95; in money -19; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $747,312 (ranked 63rd); best finish -T4th at the COMPAQ Classic of New Orleans.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 70.85 / (54th); driving distance - 274.7 / (78th); driving accuracy -69.2% / (92nd); GIR - 67.9% / (47th); putting - 1.758 / (49th); birdie average - 3.92 per rd / (18th) / total birdies - 372; sand saves - 42.4% / (186th); scrambling - 60.7% / (72nd); all-around rank - 622 / (61st).

2001 Notes
low round of the Year was a fourth round 63 in B.C. Open

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 84; in money -18; Top-10 finishes - 2 money $574,451 (ranked 89th); best finish -T6th at the B.C. Open;

2001 Stats
scoring average - 71.18 / (98th); driving distance - 282.3 / (65th); driving accuracy -70.2% / (64th); GIR - 69.1% / (35); putting - 1.772 / (96th); birdie average - 3.90 per rd / (31st) / total birdies - 328; sand saves - 53.4% / (83rd); scrambling - 62.7% / (39th); all-around rank - 562 / (43rd).

2002 Notes
Best financial season in his career, half his season earnings came with his $648,000 check at The Players Championship.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 87; in money -16; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $1,278,301 (ranked 46th); best finish -2nd at The Players Championship.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.68 / (45th); driving distance - 282.1 / (73rd); driving accuracy -67.9% / (94th); GIR - 66.3% / (81st); putting - 1.770 / (95th); birdie average - 3.64 per rd / (91st) / total birdies - 317; sand saves - 49.2% / (110th); all-around rank - 655 / (63rd).

2003 Notes
Last player to earn $1 million dollars.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 89; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $1,005,959; (ranked 72nd); best finish - T-5th at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 70.42 / (40th); driving distance - 285.9 / (99th); driving accuracy - 66.0% / (109th); GIR - 68.2% / (34th); putting - 1.743 / (22nd); birdie average - 4.15 per rd / (7th) / total birdies - 369; sand saves - 48.6% / (119th); all-around rank - 502 / (26th).

2004 Notes
Began the season 96th on Official World Golf Ranking list and moved up to 21st at the end of the year.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 95; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 11; money - $3,303,205; (ranked 8th); best finish - Win at the Cialis Western Open.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 69.90 / (8th); driving distance - 287.9 / (89th); driving accuracy - 65.0% / (80th); GIR - 68.4% / (23rd); putting - 1.755 / (33rd); birdie average - 3.95 per rd / (12th) / total birdies - 375; sand saves - 54.5% / (30th); all-around rank - 370 / (5th).

2005 Notes
Finished in the top 100 on the season money list for the eighth straight season.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; rounds played - 79; in money - 199; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $959,665; (ranked 83rd); best finish - T6th at the MCI Heritage.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.51 / (39th); driving distance - 285.8 / (122nd); driving accuracy - 61.0% / (131st); GIR - 62.0% / (169th); putting - 1.783 / (110th); birdie average - 3.35 per rd / (145th) / total birdies - 265; sand saves - 61.4% / (3rd); all-around rank - 891 / (139th).

2006 Notes
Started having problems with his back at the end of the season. Withdrew from the Canadian Open in September and the American Express Championship outside London three weeks later. Also missed the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 62; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $2,395,155; (ranked 26th); best finish - Win at The Players Championship.

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.44 / (29th); driving distance - 289.8 / (88th); driving accuracy - 62.9% / (101st); GIR - 66.4% / (58th); putting - 1.752 / (22nd); birdie average - 3.66 per rd / (51st) / total birdies - 227; sand saves - 45.5% / (143rd); all-around rank - 500 / (18th).

2007 Notes
Spent most of 2007 with swing changes, won for the second consecutive year and also contended in two major championships.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 77; in money - 18; Top-10 Finishes - 4; money - $2,103,426; (ranked 31st); best finish - Winner at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

2007 Stats
scoring average - 70.09 / (25th); driving distance - 282.2 / (154th); driving accuracy - 67.0% / (47th); GIR - 64.9% / (86th); putting - 1.797 / (126th); birdie average - 3.17 per rd / (156th) / total birdies - 244; sand saves - 52.5% / (62nd); all-around rank - 822 / (115th).

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