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James Kingston

  • Birthplace: Ottosdal, South Africa
  • Residence: Rustenburg, South Africa
  • Age: 42
  • Turned Pro: 1988
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

After three second place finishes on the European Tour, finally achieved his long-awaited breakthrough when winning the South African Airways Open at Pearl Valley in December 2007. Arguably his claim to fame came prior to his victory from one of the more bizarre shots of his career when, in 2002, he won an Audi TT Coupe for an amazing hole in one at the 15th hole at Houghton Golf Club during the Dunhill championship. Using a four iron, the ball initially veered off line but struck some branches, dropped onto the green and rolled into the cup. As well as the car, it also earned him instant global fame as the bizarre ace was beamed around the world as CNN's Play of the Day. He has won eight times on the Sunshine Tour and a further five times on the Asian Tour, reflecting his status as a global golfer.

Career Victories

European Tour
1 - 2007 South African Airways Open

South African Tour
2001 Atlantic Beach Classic, Randfontein Classic, 2002 Royal Swazi Sun Classic

Other
1998 Thailand Open, 1999 Maekyung Daks Open, 2000 Ericsson Classic, London Myanmar Open

Career Summary

2002 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.07 (ranked 108th); money - (Euro)151,101 or ?96,344 (ranked 129th); best finish - T3rd Bell's South African Open.

2003 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.03 (ranked 26th); money - (Euro)312,081 or ?217,586 (ranked 66th); best finish -2nd, Qatar Masters.

2004 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.23 (ranked 35th); money - (Euro)375,083 or ?259,379 (ranked 59th); best finish -T6th, Dunhill Championship.

2005 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.58 (ranked 70th); money - (Euro)234,930 or ?158,789 (ranked 38th); best finish -T2nd, Omega Hong Kong Open.

2006 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.19 (ranked 141st); money - (Euro)217,646 or ?145,802 (ranked 106th); best finish -T2nd, UBS Hong Kong Open.

2007 European Tour Victories
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.48 (ranked 62nd); money - (Euro)324,912 or ?227,917 (ranked 83rd); best finish - T7th, Scandinavian Masters.

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