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Jim Thorpe

  • Birthplace: Roxboro, N.C.
  • Residence: Heathrow, N.Y.
  • Birthdate: January 31, 1949
  • Age: 57
  • Turned Pro: 1972

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Player Notes

Is the ninth of 12 children. Grew up next to the eighth fairway at the Roxboro Country Club in North Carolina. His father, Elbert, was the greens keeper. One of his brothers, Chuck, played for a period on the PGA Tour and former Champions Tour. Earned a scholarship to Morgan State University as a running back. Played on the PGA Tour between 1976 and 1998, in 477 starts won three times. He was runner-up seven times and had 35 top-10 finishes.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
11 - 2000 The Transamerica, Gold Rush Classic, 2001 Kroger Senior Classic, Allianz Championship, 2002 The Countrywide Tradition, Long Island Classic, Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2004 Farmers Charity Classic, Commerce Bank Long Island Classic, 2005 FedEx Kinko's Classic, Blue Angels Classic.

PGA Tour
3 1985 Greater Milwaukee Open, Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship, 1986 Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship

Career Summary

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 0; money $46,039 (ranked 179th); best finish, T-23rd Greater Milwaukee Open.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 0; money $28,235 (ranked 200th); best finish, T-14th Buick Classic.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 0; money $70,375 (ranked 166th); best finish, T-14th Texas Open.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.28 (ranked T-95th); money $185,714 (ranked 95th); best finish T-4th, Doral-Ryder Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.85; money $12,945 (ranked 251st); best finish T-32nd in Shell Houston Open. His playing schedule was limited due to back problems. After he missed the cut in Buick Open in August he took the rest of the Year off. He is playing in 1996 under a special medical extension, in which he has 10 events to earn $133,414. After the Kemper Open he had played his ten events and only earned $6,600, which means he no longer has an exemption.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.31 (ranked 181st); money $25,130 (ranked 230th); best finish T43rd, Buick Classic.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 5; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.72; money $32,680 (ranked 225th); best finish T19th, Greater Vancouver Open.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 73.19; money $3,980 (ranked 326th); best finish T70th, Greater Vancouver Open.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 36; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.88 (ranked T21st); money $857,746 (ranked 106th); best finish, 2nd, BellAtlantic Classic and Foremost Insurance Championship.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 37; top-10 finishes - 18; scoring average 69.73 (ranked 8th); money $1,656,747 (ranked 6th); winner, The Transamerica and Gold Rush Classic.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 35; top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average 70.15 (ranked 9th); money $1,827,223 (ranked 6th); winner, Kroger Senior Classic and Allianz Championship.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 70.28 (ranked 12th); money $1,511,591 (ranked 9th); best finish, Winner The Countrywide Tradition.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -30; top 10 finishes -14; stroke average 70.20 (ranked 14th); money $1,830,306 (ranked 2nd); Best finish, Win Long Island Classic & Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 26; top 10 finishes - 12; stroke average 70.44 (ranked 13th); money $1,378,343 (ranked 9th); Best finish, Won Farmers Charity Classic & Commerce Bank Long Island Classic.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 27; top 10 finishes - 7; stroke average 70.77 (ranked 20th); money $1,071,084 (ranked 13th); Best finish, Win FedEx Kinko's Classic & Blue Angels Classic.

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