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Stuart Appleby

  • Birthplace: Cohuna, Australia
  • Residence: Orlando, FL
  • Birth Date: May 1, 1971
  • height: 6-1
  • Turned Pro: 1992

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PGA TOUR Victories

(8) 1997,Honda Classic. 1998,Kemper Open. 1999,Shell Houston Open. 2003,Las Vegas Invitational. 2004,Mercedes Championships. 2005,Mercedes Championships. 2006,Mercedes Championships, Shell Houston Open.

International Victories

(2): 1998 Coolum Classic [Aus]. 2001 Holden Australian Open.

Other Victories

(1): 1999 CVS Charity Classic [with Jeff Sluman].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$529,475 (120)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T8-- Transitions Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 1, AT&T National.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Honda Classic, Kemper Open, Shell Houston Open, Las Vegas Invitational, Mercedes Championships, Mercedes Championships, Mercedes Championships, Shell Houston Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Posted a career-high seven top-10 finishes en route to a 17th-place finish in the FedExCup standings. Surpassed $2 million in earnings for the fifth time in his career and finished among the top 55 on the money list for the 12th consecutive season. Just two missed cuts in 23 starts...Opened the season with a bang, posting five consecutive top-10s beginning with a T8 at the Buick Invitational...Posted second- and fourth-round 66s at the FBR Open, good for a T4...Third consecutive top-10 came two weeks later at the Northern Trust Open when, despite gusting winds up to 25 mph, he managed to post a first-round 69. It was the first time posting three consecutive top-10s since winning the Las Vegas Invitational in 2003...Finished T9 in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Tim Clark (3 and 2) and Phil Mickelson (2 and 1) before falling to Justin Leonard, 3 and 2, in the third round...At the PODS Championship in early March, finished T10, four strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair...His next top-10 did not come until August when he finished T2 (the 12th runner-up finish of his career) at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. It was his 29th career World Golf Championships start, having competed in every World Golf Championships event since the inception of the series in 1999 (the only player to do so)...Ended the season with a T10 at THE TOUR Championship, his fourth top-10 at the event in eight appearances.

Career Highlights

2007: Several near-misses marked the season and he made the International Team at The Presidents Cup for the fifth time...In attempt to win a fourth consecutive Mercedes-Benz Championship, finished T13...In defense of Shell Houston Open title, held a share of the 18- and 36-hole leads before finishing T2 behind countryman Adam Scott. One shot behind Scott on the 72nd hole, posted a double-bogey six after approach shot found a water hazard. Scott made a miraculous par to finish three shots clear...Held the 54-hole lead at the Masters Tournament before a final-round 75 dropped him to T7, his fourth career top-10 in a major championship...Shared the lead after the first two rounds and was the third-round leader at the inaugural AT&T National at 9-under, two strokes ahead of eventual winner K.J. Choi, but finished T3 after dropping six strokes in his first seven holes on the final day. Closed with 6-over 76...Earned 10th and final automatic spot for The Presidents Cup International Team with T12 finish at the PGA Championship. 2006: Won twice and finished in the top 10 (No. 8) on the money list, both firsts in his 11-year TOUR career...Joined Gene Littler (1955-57) as the only players to win three consecutive Mercedes Championships. Trailed Olin Browne by two strokes after first round, then held second- and third-round leads prior to defeating Vijay Singh with a birdie on the first playoff hole. One of two players in 28-man field to post four sub-par rounds as he finished the event at 8-under 284, the highest 72-hole winning total since the tournament moved to Kapalua in 1999 and the highest in tournament history since Gary Player won with a 4-under 284 in 1969 at La Costa CC...Three months later, became a two-time winner by taking the Shell Houston Open in wire-to-wire fashion, the first player in the 59-year history of the tournament to lead outright in all four rounds. Finished six strokes ahead of Bob Estes, matching the largest victory margin at the tournament (Vijay Singh in 2002 and Jack Burke, Jr. in 1952). In previous seven TOUR wins, won by a total of five strokes. 2005: Won for the third consecutive season and was the first player during the year to successfully defend a title with his victory at the Mercedes Championships. Became the first back-to-back winner in 22 years at the TOUR's season-opening event. Came from four strokes back on final day to pass 54-hole leader Vijay Singh. Almost did not return to defend title due to a nerve problem in his left hip and upper thigh causing severe pain and expectant due date of pregnant wife Ashley...Made fourth International Presidents Cup Team. 2004: Finished in the top 20 (No. 13) on the money list for the third time in his career and second consecutive season. Earned fifth career victory at the Mercedes Championships, topping Vijay Singh by one stroke. Held first- and third-round leads...Held four-stroke lead through 54 holes at the Bay Hill Invitational but a final-round 76 left him six strokes behind winner Chad Campbell. 2003: Season punctuated by fourth career victory at the Las Vegas Invitational, his first win since 1999. Finished 12th on the money list and represented the International team at The Presidents Cup in South Africa...Surpassed the $10-million mark in career TOUR earnings with Vegas victory. Defeated Scott McCarron in playoff after the two set a tournament record with scores of 31-under 328, including career-low 62 in first round...Prior to win, had finished T2 three times earlier in the year, Shell Houston Open, 84 LUMBER Classic of Pennsylvania and the American Express Championship. 2002: Moved back into top 50 in earnings, highlighted by near miss at British Open. Best career finish in a major, T2, at the 131st British Open at Muirfield. After posting final-round 65 to join Ernie Els, Thomas Levet and Steve Elkington in playoff, bogeyed the fourth and final hole of the aggregate playoff to be eliminated...Second runner-up finish came at the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas, one stroke shy of Phil Tataurangi, who posted a final-round 62. 2001: Despite four top-10s, fell out of the top 30, at 55th, for the first time since 1998. 2000: Although winless for first time in four seasons, stood 24th on the money list with earnings of $1,642,221 in 24 starts...Best of five top-10s came in his second start, as runner-up to Paul Azinger at Sony Open in Hawaii...Four sub-par rounds at PGA Championship produced T4 finish...Participated in second Presidents Cup as member of International Team. 1999: Earned his third title in as many seasons with Shell Houston Open win. Stood two strokes back after 36 holes and three back through 54 holes. Closing 71, the highest final round by a winner in 15 years at TPC Woodlands, was good for one-stroke victory over John Cook and Hal Sutton. Credited his late wife Renay with giving him the strength to win his first title since her death in the previous year. 1998: Earned his second TOUR victory at Kemper Open. Trailed by one through 54 holes and survived windswept Sunday with closing 72, one stroke better than Scott Hoch. 1997: Established himself as one of TOUR's young stars, becoming the first Q-School graduate to earn more than $1 million the following year...Won the Honda Classic, finished second twice and earned trip to THE TOUR Championship...Held one-stroke lead over Payne Stewart after 54 holes at Honda Classic. Closing 71 on windy Sunday enough for one-stroke victory over Stewart and Michael Bradley. 1995: Became eighth player to win first Nationwide Tour event with victory at Monterrey Open...Earned place on PGA TOUR in 1996 by finishing fifth on the Nationwide Tour money list.

Personal

Raised on dairy farm, where he used to hit golf shots from paddock to paddock once his chores were completed...Former Australian Rules football player before turning to pro golf in 1992 and playing in Australia before coming to the United States in 1995.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

2-1

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (5), 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007; Dunhill Cup (3), 1997, 1998, 1999; World Cup, 2003.

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