The 2005 Senior PGA Championship
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Players

Tom Purtzer

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Residence: Green Valley, Ariz.
  • Birthdate: December 4, 1951
  • Age: 53
  • Turned Pro: 1973
Player Notes

Tom and his brother Paul, who also played on the PGA Tour for a while, started playing golf at age 8 when is father Horace, who was a avid golfer, got them started. Tom went on to Arizona State and won the 1972 Arizona State Amateur and Southwest Amateur... Started on the tour in spring of 1975 and won his first tournament 2 years later... Is one of only 15 players that have won a PGA Tour event in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
2 - 2003 SBC Senior Classic, Toshiba Senior Classic

PGA Tour
5 1977 Los Angeles Open, 1984 Phoenix Open, 1988 Gatlin Brothers Southwest Classic, 1991 Southwestern Bell Colonial, NEC World Series of Golf.

Other
1996 JC Penney Mixed Team Classic (with Juli Inkster, 1991 Shark Shootout (with Lanny Wadkins), 1993 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Steve Elkington).

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.88 (ranked 61st); money $285,176 (ranked 49th); best finish, T-3rd Players Championship. Led the PGA Tour in Driving Distance (279.6 yards)...

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.36 ranked (T24th); money $750,568 (ranked 4th); won Southwestern Bell Colonial and NEC World Series of Golf... He was also voted in Golf Digest by the players as having the best swing on tour... In 1992 Purtzer has been hampered with back pains...

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.29 (ranked T98thth); money $166,722 (ranked 93rd); best finish,T7th Centel Western Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.59 (ranked 122nd); money $107,570 (ranked 136th); best finish, T8th Walt Disney Oldsmobile Classic.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 70.70 (ranked 45th); money $187,307 (ranked 94th); best finish T3rd, Greater Milwaukee Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 70.95 (ranked T-64th); money $120,717 (ranked 144th); best finish T12th, Northern Telecom Open and Phoenix Open.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.56 (ranked T-34th); money $396,444 (ranked 51st); best finish 2nd, Michelob Championship.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.78 (ranked 150th); money $161,393 (ranked 133rd); best finish T4th, Nissan Open.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.53; money $101,989 (ranked 181st); best finish T4th,National Car Rental/Disney.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.98 (ranked 187th); money $30,782 (ranked 242nd); best finish T49th, Phoenix Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 56; cuts made - 8 / top-10 finishes - 0; money - $170,683 (ranked 170th); best finish, T12th at the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic

2000 Stats
Scoring - 71.93 / (153rd); driving distance - 278.9 / (34th); driving accuracy -67.1% / (122nd); GIR - 67.9% / (47th); putting - 1.836 / (192nd); birdie average - 3.25 per rd / (142nd) / total birdies - 182; sand saves - 50.4% / (145th); scrambling - 52.5% / (190th); all-around rank - 994 / (147th).

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 38; cuts made - 3 / top-10 finishes - 0; money - $21,904 (ranked 226th); best finish, T-47th at the Greater Milwaukee Open

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.87 (ranked 19th); money $760,056 (ranked 27th); best finish, T-3rd SBC Senior Classic.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -24; top 10 finishes -11; stroke average 70.05 (ranked 11th); money $1,043,977 (ranked 16th); Best finish, Win SBC Senior Classic.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 19; top 10 finishes - 8; stroke average 70.24 (ranked 7th); money $997,367 (ranked 17th); Best finish, Won Toshiba Senior Classic.

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