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Jim Thorpe

  • Birthplace: Roxboro, N.C.
  • Residence: Heathrow, Fla.
  • Birthdate: 2/2/1953
  • Age: 59 Ht.:6'-0"
  • Turned Pro: 1972
  • Eligibility Code: 8, 9, 10, 17, 18

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

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

Other
Champions Tour Victories: 13 - 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, Commerced Bank Long Island Classic, 2005 FedEx Kinko's Classic, Blue Angels Classic, 2006 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2007 Charles Schwab Cup 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. 1997 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; scoring average - 70.20 (ranked 14th); money - $1,830,306 (ranked 2nd); best finish - Win Long Island Classic and Charles Schwab Cup Championship. 2004 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 70.44 (ranked 13th); money - $1,378,343 (ranked 9th); best finish - Won Farmers Charity Classic and Commerce Bank Long Island Classic. 2005 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.77 (ranked 20th); money - $1,071,084 (ranked 13th); best finish - Win FedEx Kinko's Classic and Blue Angels Classic. 2006 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.56 (ranked 12th); money - $1,296,784 (ranked 7th); best finish - Win Charles Schwab Cup Championship. 2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes -4; scoring average - 71.10 (ranked 28th); money - $1,047,038 (ranked 15th); Winner, Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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