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Stephen Ames

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Start Position
77
Current Position
To Par: +4
Total Strokes: 71 - 77 : 148
T22   T99
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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad
  • Residence: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Age: 46
  • Turned Pro: 1987

PGA TOUR Victories

(4) 2004,Cialis Western Open. 2006,THE PLAYERS Championship. 2007,Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart. 2009,Children's Miracle Network Classic.

International Victories

(3): 1989 Trinidad and Tobago Open. 1994 Open V33 [Eur]. 1996 Benson and Hedges International Open [Eur].

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$622,397 (51)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T6-- Transitions Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, The Honda Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Posted final-round 67 for first top-10 of season, a T6 at Transitions Championship. Also ranked T6 in Driving Accuracy for the week (39/52, 75 percent), the best of any player in the top-10.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Cialis Western Open, THE PLAYERS Championship, Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart, Children's Miracle Network Classic.

2009 Season Highlights

Won for the fourth time in his career at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic...Posted 9-under 63s in the second and final rounds to finish T5 at the 50th Bob Hope Classic...Recorded four rounds in the 60s en route to a T9 finish at the Valero Texas Open...A second-round, 4-under 66 paved the way to a T10 finish at the U.S. Open...Thanks in part to a 5-under 67 in the final round (on Monday), tied for low Canadian honors with Chris Baryla in the RBC Canadian Open at T5. It was his best finish there in 12 starts since a T7 in 2005...Won his second title in three years at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, edging George McNeill and Justin Leonard in a playoff to become the oldest winner in the tournament's history at age 45. Birdied the 72nd hole to finish with an 8-under 64 for the clubhouse lead, then watched as McNeill and Leonard failed to pass him. Leonard rimmed out a 16-foot putt for the win in regulation. He twice left putts short when he was eliminated on the first playoff hole - also the 18th. On the second playoff hole (par-3, No. 15), McNeill lipped out a 6-foot par putt that gave Ames the win. It was his first playoff in 291 career starts on TOUR. Joined Jack Nicklaus, Larry Nelson, Tim Simpson, John Houston and Tiger Woods as multiple winners of the Children's Miracle Network Classic. At 45 years old, became the second oldest player to win on TOUR in 2009 (Kenny Perry/48). The last four winners of the Disney event have been in their 40s.

Career Highlights

Member of the PGA TOUR since 1997. Played European Tour from 1993 through 1997 and had three consecutive stints on Nationwide Tour starting in 1990. 2009: Won for the fourth time in his career at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic...Posted 9-under 63s in the second and final rounds to finish T5 at the 50th Bob Hope Classic...Recorded four rounds in the 60s en route to a T9 finish at the Valero Texas Open...A second-round, 4-under 66 paved the way to a T10 finish at the U.S. Open...Thanks in part to a 5-under 67 in the final round (on Monday), tied for low Canadian honors with Chris Baryla in the RBC Canadian Open at T5. It was his best finish there in 12 starts since a T7 in 2005...Won his second title in three years at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, edging George McNeill and Justin Leonard in a playoff to become the oldest winner in the tournament's history at age 45. Birdied the 72nd hole to finish with an 8-under 64 for the clubhouse lead, then watched as McNeill and Leonard failed to pass him. Leonard rimmed out a 16-foot putt for the win in regulation. He twice left putts short when he was eliminated on the first playoff hole - also the 18th. On the second playoff hole (par-3, No. 15), McNeill lipped out a 6-foot par putt that gave Ames the win. It was his first playoff in 291 career starts on TOUR. Joined Jack Nicklaus, Larry Nelson, Tim Simpson, John Houston and Tiger Woods as multiple winners of the Children's Miracle Network Classic. At 45 years old, became the second oldest player to win on TOUR in 2009 (Kenny Perry/48). The last four winners of the Disney event have been in their 40s. 2008: Enjoyed another solid year, defined by seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best third in the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Missed just five cuts in 23 starts...Past champion finished fifth at THE PLAYERS, marking the highest finish by a former winner. Double bogeyed the par-4 18th on Saturday and Sunday without hitting a ball in the water and wound up five shots behind champion Sergio Garcia. Led the field in birdies with 20...Finished T7 at the British Open for his fifth top-10 finish of the season...Posted all four rounds in the 60s on his way to a T5 finish at the BMW Championship. At No. 31, finished one spot and 242 points out of the 30-man field for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. 2007: In a season in which he worked on swing changes, won for the second consecutive year...Finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Fell to Chad Campbell, 1-up, in the quarterfinals...Entered the final round of the U.S. Open tied for third. Shot a 76 on Sunday to finish T10...Final-round 68 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Walmart earned him his third career PGA TOUR win by one stroke over Tim Clark. Got up and down for par out of a bunker on the 72nd hole to secure the victory. Prior to win, had already declared season a success after tweaking his swing to cope with lingering neck and back problems. 2006: Won THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, blowing away the strongest field in golf with a 5-under 67 in the final round to win by six strokes and earn a trip to the Masters. Finished at 14-under 274, six shots clear of two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. Posted the lowest final-round score when the scoring average was 75.378, the second-toughest Sunday in TPC Sawgrass history...Finished T7 at The Honda Classic for first top-10 of the season...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. It marked the second time he has qualified for the final 30-man field in his career...Teamed in the World Cup in Barbados with his brother Robert. 2005: Made his first appearance at the Masters, finished T45...The next week, recorded first top-10 and best result of the season with a T6 finish at the MCI Heritage. 2004: Finished eighth on the money list and compiled a career-best 11 top-10s, including his first TOUR victory. Made 21 cuts in 27 tournaments entered and made over $3 million in a single season for the first time in his career...At age 40, captured his initial TOUR win at the Cialis Western Open by two strokes over Steve Lowery. Became first player over 40 to capture initial win since Brad Bryant at the 1995 Walt Disney World /Oldsmobile Golf Classic. Shared third-round lead with Mark Hensby at 9-under 204 prior to his final-round 1-under 70. Win capped a period of eight top-10s in his last 10 starts and moved him to 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking...Also placed third at the Bank of America Colonial, T7 at the U.S. Open and T9 at PGA Championship. One of 10 players to record multiple top-10s in the majors in 2004...Earned a spot in the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career and finished T4. 2003: The 72nd and last player to earn $1 million on the PGA TOUR during season...Season's best finish was a T5 at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. 2002: Runner-up to Craig Perks at THE PLAYERS Championship. After starting the final round T21, recorded seven birdies (including four straight on Nos. 9-12) en route to 67, the second-lowest score of the day...Teamed with brother Robert to finish T17 in the World Cup. 2001: Recorded T8 at Compaq Classic of New Orleans and T6 in the B.C. Open. 2000: Was two strokes off the lead heading into final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, but had to withdraw Sunday morning due to a pulled muscle in right shoulder...Recorded course-record 61 at "Blue Monster" course in second round of Doral-Ryder Open and was three back through 36 holes. Finished eighth...Best week of the season was Compaq Classic when he was two strokes behind Carlos Franco after 36 holes and finished T4. 1999: Due to visa problems was unable to start the season until May. Made the most of the 18 events entered, making 11 cuts and finishing among top 10 four times...His debut came at the Kemper Open where he finished T44 after closing with 68. Missed birth of his second child during tournament week... Finished third at the Sprint International. 1998: Was first rookie to post a top-10 on the year with a solo third at Nissan Open. 1997: Finished third at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1998 season. 1996: Claimed second European Tour title at the Benson and Hedges International Open. 1994: Won first European Tour title in the Open V33. 1991: Earned only Nationwide Tour victory in the Pensacola Open. 1990: Rookie on the Nationwide Tour. 1989: Winner of Trinidad and Tobago Open.

Personal

Both parents were born in Trinidad and Tobago (father of English ancestry, mother of Portuguese)...He is the first touring professional to emerge from Trinidad and Tobago...Grandmother was a two-time Trinidad and Tobago champion...Met his Canadian wife, Jodi, a former flight attendant, on a flight between tournaments...Will be a torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary...Part owner of several restaurants in Calgary, Alberta, including the Vintage Chophouse & Tavern...Started the Stephen Ames Foundation in 2005 to provide funding for junior golf programs and other children's initiatives in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago. Hosts the annual Stephen Ames Cup, both a tournament and cultural exchange between teams of male and female junior golfers from each country.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-0

National Teams

World Cup (4), 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006.