The 2005 Senior PGA Championship
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Players

Tom Kite

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Austin, Texas
  • Residence: Austin, Texas
  • Birthdate: December 8, 1949
  • Age: 55
  • Turned Pro: 1972
Player Notes

Started playing golf at the age of six. Was a student of Harvey Penick, he won his first tournament at age 11. Winner 1981 and '89 PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Award as leading money winner... Winner 1981 and '82 Vardon Trophy... Played on the 1971 Walker Cup Team... Has been a member of 7 Ryder Cup Teams (1979, '81, '83, '85, '87, '89 and '93). Dropped out of the Top 40 of the money list in 1995 for the first time in 21 straight years. Despite earnings of $178,580, he was 104th on the money list and only finished in the top-10 once. 1995 also represented the first year since 1973 that Kite didn't have a top 3 finish. Since then he has finished 66th on the money list in 1996, 35th in '97 and 159th in '98. . . Three of his last four PGA Tour victories came on holidays; '92 BellSouth was on Mother's day, '92 U.S. Open was on Father's Day and his '93 Bob Hope win came on Valentine's day. . . Captain of the 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
7 - 2000 The Countrywide Tradition, SBC Senior Open, 2001 Gold Rush Classic, 2002 MasterCard Championship, SBC Senior Classic, Napa Valley Championship presented by Beringer Vineyards, 2004 3M Championship.

European Tour
2 - 1980 European Open, 1996 Oki Pro-am, 1996 Franklin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Jay Haas)

PGA Tour
19 - 1976 IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic, 1978 B.C. Open, 1981 American Motors Inverrary Classic, 1982 Bay Hill Classic, 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, 1984 Doral-Eastern Open, Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic, 1985 MONY Tournament of Champions, 1986 Western Open, 1987 Kemper Open, 1989 Nestle Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Nabisco Championship, 1990 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, 1991 Infiniti Tournament of Champions, 1992 BellSouth Classic, U.S. Open Championship, 1993 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.88 (ranked 5th); money $658,202 (ranked 15th); winner Federal Express St. Jude Classic.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.46 (ranked 34th); money $396,580 (ranked 17th); Won Infiniti Tournament of Champions.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.69 (ranked T-3rd); money $957,445 (ranked 6th); Winner BellSouth Classic and U.S. Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 69.74 (ranked 4th); money $887,811 (ranked 8th); winner Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Los Angeles Open.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.07 (ranked 18th); money $658,689 (ranked 22nd); best finish T-2nd, Shell Houston Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.08 (ranked 77th); money $178,580 (ranked 104th); best finish T-6th, Northern Telecom Open.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 70.73 (ranked 48th); money $319,326 (ranked 66th); best finish 2nd, Canon Greater Hartford Open.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.69 (ranked T-55th); money $631,252 (ranked 35th); best finish 2nd in The Masters.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.51 (ranked T-122nd); money $161,295 (ranked 159th); best finish T-22nd, Buick Invitational.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.01 (ranked T157th); money $85,630 (ranked 200th); best finish T-17th, Canon Greater Hartford Open.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.63 (ranked 7th); money $1,199,658 (ranked 11th); Winner, The Countrywide Tradition, SBC Senior Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; rounds played - 25; cuts made - 6 / Top-Ten Finishes - 0 Best finish, T19th at the PGA Championship; money - $121,604 (ranked 186th)

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 16; scoring average 69.80 (ranked 5th); money $1,398,802 (ranked 10th); Winner, Golf Rush Classic.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; rounds played - 16; cuts made - 3 / Top-Ten Finishes - 1 ; money - $211,252 (ranked 168th); best finish, T-5th at the U.S. Open.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 14; scoring average 69.64 (ranked 3rd); money $1,631,930 (ranked 4th); best finish, Winner MasterCard Championship, SBC Sr. Classic and Napa Valley Championship.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; rounds played - 14; cuts made - 2 / Top-Ten Finishes - 0; money - $54,350 (ranked 214th) / Best finish, T-25 at the Texas Open at LaCantera.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -27; top 10 finishes -12; stroke average 69.79 (ranked 6th); money $1,549,819 (ranked 6th); Best finish, 2nd FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, JELD-WEN Tradition, SAS Championship & Turtle Bay Championship.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 27; top 10 finishes - 13; stroke average 69.98 (ranked 4th); money $1,831,211 (ranked 3rd); Best finish, Won 3M Championship. Played once on the PGA Tour, T57th in U.S. Open.

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