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Tom McKnight

  • Birthplace: Galax, VA
  • Residence: Bluffton, SC
  • Birth Date: August 24, 1954
  • height: 6-1
  • Turned Pro: 1976, 2001

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Other Victories

(10): 1984 Virginia State Amateur 1985 Virginia Open, Virginia State Amateur. 1989 Virginia State Amateur. 1993 Eastern Amateur. 1995 Eastern Amateur. 1996 Cardinal Amateur. 1997 Eastern Amateur. 2001 Calabash Golf Links [Sunbelt Senior Tour], Terra Cotta Invitational.

2009 Champions Tour Money and Position

$109,392 (51)

2009 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T4-- Regions Charity Classic.

Champions Tour Best Round

67 at Round 1, Regions Charity Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Nearly had the best finish of his Champions Tour career at the Regions Charity Classic in May. Was T2 with one hole remaining at the rain-shortened event, but finished with a double bogey on the final hole to drop into a T4 at the conclusion of the event.

Career Best Champions Tour Finishes

3-- Commerce Bank Championship. T3-- Ford Senior Players Championship.

Career Highlights

2008: Once again, managed to earn conditional status for 2009 by finishing just inside the top 50 on the prior-year money list, the third consecutive season he's done that...Was 64th on the 2008 earnings list at the end of August but T4 performance at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn earned him a check for $83,867 and vaulted him to 51st in season earnings. Went on to secure partial exemption for 2009 with three top-25 efforts in his last four appearances of the year...Opened with 66 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, his low round of the season, and was on the leaderboard throughout in western North Carolina...Also was T12 at The Principal Charity Classic in Iowa and again in the last full-field event of the year at the AT&T Championship, posting three consecutive rounds in the 60s at Oak Hills. 2007: Made just 18 appearances due to limited exempt status yet increased his earnings total from the year prior...Finished third at the Commerce Bank Championship, matching his top career performance on the Champions Tour. Trailed Lonnie Nielsen by three strokes after 36 holes and final-round 69 on the Red Course included birdies on two of his last three holes...Shot 6-under 64 in the final round of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in October, the 18-hole tournament record at Baltimore CC and a personal-best score on the Champions Tour...Made a pair of eagles in the first round of The Principal Charity Classic. 2006: Fifth at the Regions Charity Classic near Birmingham...Secured a spot among the top-50 money-winners when he was T10 late in the year at the rain-shortened Administaff Small Business Classic with consecutive rounds of 69. 2005: Turned in a solid rookie campaign and finished among the top 25 in a third of his appearances...Went into the last full-field event, the SBC Championship, on the bubble for the top 30 and was bumped out of a spot in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship when he finished T28 in San Antonio...Managed to record his best career finish on the Champions Tour when he T3 at the Ford Senior Players Championship in Dearborn in July. Trailed by one stroke after 54 holes and remained among the leaders through much of the final round before making a triple bogey at No. 14, essentially ending his hopes. Still picked up a career-best check for $165,000...Also made a nice showing at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in October, firing three straight sub-par rounds to place T4. 2004: Earned fully-exempt status for 2005 by finishing second at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the King and Bear at World Golf Village in Florida. Completed the six-round event 23-under-par and finished two strokes behind medalist Mark Johnson. Tied the course record in the final round when he fired a 9-under-par 63, his sixth consecutive sub-par round in the event near St. Augustine.


Worked in the petroleum distributorship business for 20 years and was the former owner of a chain of On The Way convenience stores in the Carolinas. After breaking his left arm in a pick-up basketball game, initially made decision to leave golf when doctors thought he wouldn't be able to adequately swing a golf club...Biggest thrills in golf were playing on the U.S. team in the World Amateur and the Walker Cup...Biggest thrill away from golf was watching the birth of his three children...Lists his family as his heroes for their support over the years and for their persistence in pursuing their own dreams and goals...Favorites include Jimmy Buffett, Larry Bird, "CSI," "Top Gun" and any Patricia Cornwell book...Favorite golf course is Seminole GC. One course he'd like to play is St. Andrews...An all-district basketball player in high school...Daughter, Tara, played basketball at the University of Virginia and was a team captain. She caddied for her dad at the 1999 Masters Tournament.

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