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Wayne Grady

  • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
  • Residence: Queensland, Australia
  • Birthdate: 7/26/1957
  • Age: 50 Ht.:5'-9"
  • Turned Pro: 1978

Player Notes

As a youngster he always wanted to be a pilot in the Australian Air Force. He didn't start to play golf until he was 14 years old and then turned professional two-years later. He worked in pro shops, but realized it wasn't the life he wanted. He applied, and got his amateur status back. He played in a lot of tournaments in Queensland and then turned professional again in 1978. Later in 1978, the 22 year old was down on his luck, and with only three dollars in his pocket won a small, 36-hole Australian event, winning $700. The next week he won the West Lakes Classic. He continued to play on the Australian tour, and despite being runner-ups in the 1979 New South Wales Open and the 1982 Queensland Open and Air New Zealand Open he needed a change of pace. So in 1983, he played on the European Tour and showed some success, finishing 48th on the European Order of Merit list. The next year his earnings leaped, thanks to a victory in the German Open, and he decided to play on the American tour. In Q-School at La Quinta, he secured his playing privileges with a 6th place finish. His first four years on Tour was a struggle, but he found his touch in 1989, winning a playoff against Ronnie Black in the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic. A month later he lost the British Open in a playoff to mark Calcavecchia. But the highlight of his career has to be his victory in the 1990 PGA Championship, as he won by three with a total of 6-under-par 282.

Career Victories

European Tour
1 - 1984 German Open

PGA Tour
2 - 1989 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic, 1990 PGA Championship

Other
Australasia Tour Wins 3 - 1978 West Lakes Classic, 1988 and '91 Australian PGA Championship

Career Summary

PGA Tour Playoff Record: 1-0 1990 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.59 (ranked 34th); money - $527,185 (ranked 21st); Winner, PGA Championship... 1991 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.03 (ranked T80th); money - $126,650 (ranked 118th); best finish, T7th Southwestern Bell Colonial. 1992 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.19 (ranked T-90th); money - $183,361 (ranked 83rd); best finish, MCI Heritage Classic... 1993 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.17 (ranked T-168th); money - $45,959 (ranked 187th); best finish, T-16th Doral Ryder Open. 1994 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked T-68th); money - $120,901 (ranked 140th); best finish -T-5th, FedEx St. Jude Classic. 1995 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.08; money - $45,218 (ranked 210th); best finish -T-21st, Kemper Open. 1996 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.37 (ranked 109th); money - $94,338 (ranked 170th); best finish -T-19th, Players Championship. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.82; money - $9,255 (ranked 278th); best finish -T58th, Freeport McDermott Classic. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.81; money - $22,045 (ranked 240th); best finish -T54th, Buick Classic. 1999 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.55; money - $25,413 (ranked 249th); best finish -T40th, Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. 2000 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15 / rounds played - 35 / cuts made - 6; Top-10 finishes -0; best finish - T38th at the Bay Hill Invitational; money - $49,406; (ranked 212th) Did not play in any PGA Tour events in 2001 Played five times in 2002, only time in the money T31st in Kemper Open. Since 2002 only played once on the PGA Tour, missing cut in 2005 PGA Championship. Played three times on the Nationwide Tour in 2003, missing cut all three times. Played three times on Nationwide Tour in 2004, missed cut twice and was T2nd in Jacob's Creek Open. 2005 Nationwide Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 2; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 73.75; money - $28,190 (ranked 129th); best finish -T6th, Jacob's Creek Open Championship. Played in four Nationwide Tour events in 2006, missed the cut in all. 2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 10; top-10 finishes -0; scoring average - 72.32 (ranked N/A); money - $62,142 (ranked 92nd); best finish - T-22nd Boeing Greater Seattle Classic.

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