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Curtis Strange

  • Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.
  • Residence: Norfolk, N.C.
  • Birthdate: January 29, 1955
  • Age: 51
  • Turned Pro: 1976

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Player Notes

Started playing the game at age seven, he won the Virginia State junior at age 15. His first important title was the 1973 Southeastern Amateur, and as an amateur won the 1974 Western Amateur, 1974 NCAA's, 1975 Eastern Amateur (which his father won the first year it was played in 1957), 1975 and 1976 North and South Amateur, 1975 and 1976 Virginia State Amateur. With his good play he earned membership onto the 1974 World Amateur Cup team and the 1975 Walker Cup team. He also was the College player-of-the-year in 1974. He turned pro in 1976, but missed getting his PGA Tour card in Q-school. He spent the next couple of months playing in Europe and in mini-tour events before getting his card in the spring 1977 Q-school. In 1977 he won $28,144 (rank 87th) and in 1978 won $29,346 (rank 88th). He broke through and won the 1979 Pensacola Open and between that and his 1989 U.S. Open victory has won 17 times. He has been a member of the 1983, '85, '87, '89 & '95 Ryder Cup teams, and was leading money winner on the PGA Tour in 1985, '87 & '88. In 1988 he was the PGA Player-of-the-Year. In that year he became the first player to surpass $1million in yearly earnings. Was the captain of the 2002 United States Ryder Cup team.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
17 - 1979 Pensacola Open, 1980 Houston Open, Westchester Classic, 1983 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, 1984 LaJet Classic, 1985 Honda Classic, Panasonic-Las Vegas Invitational, Canadian Open, 1986 Houston Open, 1987 Canadian Open, Federal Express-St. Jude Classic, World Series Of Golf, 1988 Independent Insurance Agent Open, Memorial Tournament, U.S. Open, Nabisco Championship, 1989 U.S. Open.

Other
1988 Sanctuary Cove Classic, 1989 Palm Meadows Cup, 1993 Greg Norman's Holden Classic (all in Australia)

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 17; top ten finishes - 6; stroke average 70.42 (ranked 23rd); money $277,172 (ranked 53rd); best finish, T4th Nestle.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 13; top ten finishes - 3; stroke average 70.99 (ranked 78th); money $336,333 (ranked 48th); best finish, 2nd Doral Ryder Open, lost in a playoff to Rocco Mediate.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 13; top ten finishes - 2; stroke average 71.23 (ranked T-94th); money $150,639 (ranked 99th); best finish, T9th, Honda Classic.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 16; top ten finishes - 5; stroke average 70.51 (ranked T-31st); money $262,697 (ranked 63rd); best finish, T3rd Anheuser-Busch Classic.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 18; top ten finishes - 5; stroke average 70.44 (ranked 32nd); money $390,881 (ranked 41st); best finish T3rd, Buick Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 17; top ten finishes - 4; stroke average 70.72 (ranked T-53rd); money $358,175 (ranked 49th); best finish T3rd, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 15; top ten finishes -1; stroke average 70.93 (ranked 61st); money $181,883 (ranked 116th); best finish, T9th, Nortel Open.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 12; top ten finishes -1; stroke average 71.33 (ranked 106th); money $171,092 (ranked 129th); best finish, T2nd, Buick Open.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 8; top ten finishes -0; stroke average 71.72 (ranked 140th); money $78,836 (ranked 192nd); best finish, T19th, British Open.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 7; top ten finishes -0; stroke average 71.57; money $118,138 (ranked 183rd); best finish, T22nd, Greater Milwaukee Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered: 12 / Rounds Played: / Cuts made: 7 / Top-Ten Finishes: 0 / Earnings: $90,387 Rank (197th) / Best finish: T15th at the WorldCom Classic.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered: 11 / Rounds Played: 30 / Cuts made: 3 / Top-Ten Finishes: 1 / Earnings: $148,632 Rank (188th) / Best finish: T-5th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered: 11 / Rounds Played:26/ Cuts made: 2 / Top-Ten Finishes: 0 / Best finish: T-64 at the Bay Hill Invitational & Buick Challenge / Earnings: $16,207 Rank (234th).

2004 Notes
Played in 8 PGA Tour events in 2003 and 4 PGA Tour events in 2004, missed all of the cuts.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 18; top 10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.86 (ranked 51st); money $321,455 (ranked 49th); Best finish, 3rd Constellation Energy Classic.

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