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Steve Elkington

  • Birthplace: Inverell, Australia
  • Residence: Sydney, Australia and Houston, TX; plays out of Champions GC
  • Birth Date: December 8, 1962
  • height: 6-2
  • Turned Pro: 1985

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PGA TOUR Victories

(10) 1990,KMart Greater Greensboro Open. 1991,THE PLAYERS Championship. 1992,Infiniti Tournament of Champions. 1994,Buick Southern Open. 1995,Mercedes Championships, PGA Championship. 1997,Doral-Ryder Open, THE PLAYERS Championship. 1998,Buick Challenge. 1999,Doral-Ryder Open.

International Victories

(2): 1992 Australian Open [Aus]. 1996 Honda Invitational [Asia].

Other Victories

(4): 1993 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Raymond Floyd]. 1995 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Mark Calcavecchia]. 1998 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Greg Norman]. 1997 Diners Club Matches [with Jeff Maggert].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$192,879 (184)

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- KMart Greater Greensboro Open, THE PLAYERS Championship, Infiniti Tournament of Champions, Buick Southern Open, Mercedes Championships, PGA Championship, Doral-Ryder Open, THE PLAYERS Championship, Buick Challenge, Doral-Ryder Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Made the cut in 17 of 25 starts, with nine top-25 finishes...Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in his career, finishing the year No. 85 on the money list...Posted a T5 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, equaling his best finish (T5 at 2007 Buick Open) on TOUR since a runner-up showing at the 2005 PGA Championship. Was one of just three players to record all five rounds in the 60s...Two weeks later at the FBR Open, turned in three rounds in the 60s to claim a T4 finish at TPC Scottsdale...Finished T10 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, his first top-10 in 13 starts at the event.

Career Highlights

2007: After T12 and T16 at the PLAYERS and AT&T Classic in May, respectively, posted his best finish of the year with a T5 at the Buick Open in early July. Was his best finish since a T2 at the 2005 PGA Championship. Credited the solid play to the urging of his 10-year old son and 12-year old daughter, who enjoy watching him play golf...That solid play continued in August as he posted a T6 at the Reno-Tahoe Open four months before his 45th birthday. 2006: Made 10 cuts in 17 starts and finished in the top-25 three times...Best effort of the season was a T17 at the John Deere Classic. 2005: Made the cut in 16 of 20 starts and earned a career-best $1,410,350. Finished 54th on the money list, his best since 35th in 1999...Collected his first top-10 since a T2 at the 2002 British Open with a T6 at weather-delayed PLAYERS Championship. Played 30 holes on Monday to complete his third top-10 finish at the event in 16 appearances. Won the event in 1991 and 1997...Finished T5 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, his fourth top-five finish since his last victory on TOUR, the 1999 Doral-Ryder Open...Contended for his second PGA Championship title, but fell one stroke short of Phil Mickelson. Finished T2 at Baltusrol, moving him into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking which earned him a spot in the NEC Invitational the next week. It was his ninth top-10 out of 50 career major championship appearances. 2004: Started the year making the cut in all five starts during the eight-week stretch of the West Coast Swing...Best finish of the season was T18 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. 2003: His 14 appearances were least of his career. Finished 187th on money list, lowest since joining the TOUR full-time in 1987...Withdrew after first-round 86 at the British Open, and did not play the remainder of the season. 2002: T2 at the British Open, his best finish at a major since third at the 1998 PGA. Closed with rounds of 68-66 to join eventual champion Ernie Els, Stuart Appleby and Thomas Levet in four-hole playoff at 6-under-par 278. Eliminated after missing 6-foot par putt on fourth and final hole of playoff. 2001: Lingering injuries limited effective play early in the year. Was 117th on the money list...Played well late in the season. Had back-to-back T6s in the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic and Texas Open. 2000: Year riddled with injuries and ailments. Made only 17 appearances...Injured wrist in first round of Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, where he missed cut, then withdrew from the next week's Shell Houston Open. Withdrawal was second in a row in his adopted hometown. Sinus history forced withdrawals from THE PLAYERS and U.S. Open...Underwent surgery on Aug. 11, three days before PGA, to repair torn hip and ball socket...A Captain's Pick by Peter Thomson for the International Presidents Cup team. 1999: Won for third straight year with victory at the Doral-Ryder Open, which included a closing 64 that featured six consecutive birdies. 1998: Captured ninth TOUR title and second Buick Challenge win in a playoff over Fred Funk. 1997: Reached top 10 again thanks to two more victories. Trailed David Duval by two strokes entering final round of Doral-Ryder Open before earning two-stroke victory with closing 69. Three weeks later was dominant at THE PLAYERS with wire-to-wire seven-stroke victory over Scott Hoch. At the time, joined Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples as only two-time winners of event. 1995: First top-10 finish on the money list, when he won twice and finished second twice...Opened year with second Mercedes Championships title. Birdied second playoff hole to defeat Bruce Lietzke...Trailed Ernie Els by six strokes entering final round of PGA at Riviera. Shot front-nine 31 on way to final-round 64 to force playoff with Colin Montgomerie. Sank 25-foot putt on first extra hole to win first major title...Won Vardon Trophy with 69.62 scoring average. 1994: Missed part of season after sinus surgery, but came back for T7 at PGA and notched five-stroke victory at Buick Southern Open. 1993: Made all 23 cuts. Lost playoff to Rocco Mediate at Kmart Greater Greensboro Open and T3 at Masters. 1992: Won Infiniti Tournament of Champions in playoff over Brad Faxon, one of six top-three finishes. 1991: Outdueled Fuzzy Zoeller to win THE PLAYERS. 1990: First TOUR victory came at Kmart Greater Greensboro Open, where final-round 66 brought him from seven strokes back. Amateur: Won 1980 Australia-New Zealand Amateur...Winner 1981 Australian Amateur and Doug Sanders Junior...Two-time All-American at University of Houston, where teammate was Billy Ray Brown...Two-time Southwest Conference champion...Member of NCAA Championship teams in 1984 and 1985.


Idol growing up was fellow Australian Bruce Devlin...An avid gardener and accomplished caricaturist...A member of Champions GC, site of 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 TOUR Championships...In 2003, while rehabbing his shoulder, was a youth instructor at Yeager Elementary School in Houston where his children were students. He helped children struggling with subjects such as Math and English.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record


National Teams

Presidents Cup (4), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000; World Cup, 1994; Dunhill Cup (4), 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

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