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Tom  Kite

Tom Kite

Austin, TX

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace:
  • Residence: Austin, TX
  • Age: 62
  • Turned Pro: 1972

PGA TOUR Victories

(19) 1976,IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic. 1978,B.C. Open. 1981,American Motors Inverrary Classic. 1982,Bay Hill Classic. 1983,Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. 1984,Doral-Eastern Open, Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic. 1985,MONY Tournament of Champions. 1986,Western Open. 1987,Kemper Open. 1989,Nestle Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Nabisco Championship. 1990,Federal Express St. Jude Classic. 1991,Infiniti Tournament of Champions. 1992,BellSouth Classic, U.S. Open Championship. 1993,Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Other Victories

(9): 1972 NCAA Championship [indiv, tie]. 1974 Air New Zealand Open. 1980 European Open. 1981 JCPenney Classic [with Beth Daniel]. 1987 Kirin Cup [indiv]. 1989 Dunhill Cup. 1992 Shark Shootout [with Davis Love III]. 1996 Oki Pro-Am, Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with Jay Haas].

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$192,242 (26)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T2-- Toshiba Classic.

Champions Tour Best Round

66 at Round 1, Toshiba Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Turned in his best performance since his T2 at the 2009 AT&T Championship when he matched that effort at the Toshiba Classic in March.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic, B.C. Open, American Motors Inverrary Classic, Bay Hill Classic, Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Doral-Eastern Open, Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic, MONY Tournament of Champions, Western Open, Kemper Open, Nestle Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Nabisco Championship, Federal Express St. Jude Classic, Infiniti Tournament of Champions, BellSouth Classic, U.S. Open Championship, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Career Highlights

2011: Saw his streak of consecutive finishes among the top 30 on the money list come to a halt at 11 consecutive years when he was 43rd on the final money chart, with a career low $357,838 in earnings...Posted just one top-10 finish during the year, and that came in his first start when he was seventh at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai...Became the first player in Champions Tour history to make a trio of eagles on the same nine and just the sixth player overall to make three eagles in a round when he did so in the second round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Holed a wedge from 84 yards for an eagle at the par-5 14th, then after making birdie at the par-3 15th hole, holed another wedge from 100 yards for an eagle at the par-4 16th hole. He finished his first nine by making eagle on the par-5 18th hole, chipping in from just short of the green...He became the 12th player in Champions Tour history to combine to play in 1,000 PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events when he teed it up at the SAS Championship outside Raleigh in October. 2010: Earned his 11th consecutive trip to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship for the top-30 money winners and finished ninth at TPC Harding Park, tying him with Gil Morgan, just one shy of Hale Irwin's record nine top-10s in the season finale...Season was highlighted by a pair of third-place efforts. The first came at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic near Biloxi, his best since near the end of the 2009 season. The second came in California where he was the only player in the field to post three straight rounds in the 60s at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and eventually finished T3 after being tied for the lead with one hole to play...Saw his string of consecutive appearances in major championships on the Champions Tour come to a halt at 48 straight when he did not play the Senior British Open in July at Carnoustie...Made one PGA TOUR start but missed the cut at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. 2009: Underwent surgery on Nov. 4 to repair a torn bicep tendon in his left shoulder, which troubled him most of the season. Did not return to action until the 2010 ACE Group Classic in February...Nearly ended his winless streak in his home state in the last full-field event of the season. Closed with a 68 to finish T2 at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. 2008: One of 19 players to reach $1 million in season earnings...Highlight of his year came in August when he posted his first win in two years, beating Scott Simpson by two strokes at the Boeing Classic. He came from three strokes behind in the final round to earn his 10th career Champions Tour title. Needed just 78 putts in his victory to lead all players in that category. It also marked the second time in this event Kite had begun the final round three strokes behind. He trailed Don Pooley by that margin in 2006 when he came from behind to win...Three weeks following his Boeing title, used a final-round 67 at Rock Barn to finish T2 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Sunday score matched the low round of the day...Continued his good fortune in North Carolina one week later when he was runnerup to Eduardo Romero at the SAS Championship near Raleigh...Also finished T2 at The ACE Group Classic in Naples in February, where his 7-under 65 in the closing round helped him join three others in a playoff (Scott Hoch, Tom Jenkins and Brad Bryant), eventually won by Hoch with a birdie on the first extra hole. 2007: Earned the most money of any player without registering a victory during the season...Registered three runner-up finishes as well as a trio of third-place efforts...Got his season off to a great start with successive T2 finishes in Hawaii. Shared the runner-up spot with Jim Thorpe at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai before joining a group of four others who were second to Fred Funk at the Turtle Bay Championship the following week...Made a spirited bid for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf title in Savannah, eventually falling to Jay Haas on the first playoff hole when he missed a par putt of 5 1/2 feet. Was in contention throughout and final-round 68 allowed him to post a 9-under 207 two groups before Haas finished. Haas forced overtime with a sand save from the greenside bunker at the last hole in regulation...Solo third at the Administaff Small Business Classic late in the season and then finished T3 the following week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Held a share of the lead with Mark O'Meara through 36 holes at Oak Hills and was the sole leader with nine holes to play before eventually coming up three strokes short of John Cook...Also T3 at the Regions Charity Classic, where he shot a 6-under on the back nine Sunday to just miss by a stroke getting into the Brad Bryant-R.W. Eaks playoff. 2006: Won twice and finished fourth on the money list...Cruised to an easy five-stroke victory over Gil Morgan at the AT&T Classic and, in the process, ended a victory drought of just over 19 months (30 events). Win at Valencia was his 10th on TOUR in the state of California (six on the PGA TOUR; four on the Champions Tour) and third in the Los Angeles area. Joined Joe Inman and Gil Morgan as a multiple winner of the event. Five-stroke winning margin was the largest in tournament history as well, one of the three largest on the Champions Tour for the year. Added a second title in August at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic when he prevailed in a one-hole playoff with fellow Texan Keith Fergus. Made a birdie-4 on the first extra hole to post his ninth career Champions Tour win and third in a playoff. It marked the first time he had earned multiple victories in a season since 2002. Needed just 72 putts on his way to victory and led all players in that category...Earned August Player of the Month honors...Notched his top performance in Texas by finishing T2 at the FedEx Kinko's Classic, two strokes behind Jay Haas...Closed out his season with a strong showing at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Contended all four rounds before eventually finishing second, two strokes behind winner Jim Thorpe at the Sonoma GC. Made headlines at the tournament when he made a pair of eagles on par 4s (Nos. 9 and 11) in the opening round, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat since Larry Ziegler at the 1999 Nationwide Championship. Came back the following day with a third par-4 eagle (again No. 11). 2005: Split his time between the Champions Tour and the PGA TOUR where he used his one-time exemption as one of the PGA TOUR's top-50 money-winners...On the Champions Tour, appeared in 18 events, fewest since he joined the Tour...Was T2 at Bruno's Memorial Classic, where he tied the Greystone course record at the time with a 9-under-par 63 in the second round. Led the tournament at one point Sunday before finishing two strokes behind D.A. Weibring, along with Tom Jenkins...Also had a second-place finish at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic in August, but three straight rounds in the 60s still left him three strokes shy of David Eger...Closed his Champions Tour season in strong fashion, finishing solo third at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship...Made a valiant run at becoming the oldest PGA TOUR winner ever. Was the 54-hole leader at the Booz Allen Classic at Congressional CC, but carded a final-round, 3-over 74 on the famed layout to T13, his best PGA TOUR finish since a T5 at the 2001 U.S. Open...Also made cuts at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Wachovia Championship...Overall made 12 starts on the PGA TOUR. 2004: Started slowly for the second consecutive year, but went on to finish third on the final earnings list, his highest standing ever, with more than $1.8 million, a career best. Also placed third on the final Charles Schwab Cup points list...Had more top-five finishes than any other Champions Tour player, with all 10 top-fives coming after the start of May. Led the Champions Tour in sub-par rounds (58) and also had 39 rounds in the 60s (second to Irwin) out of 86 (45 percent) played...Ended nearly a 22-month victory drought by winning the 3M Championship, his seventh overall title on the Champions Tour, and came close to winning on several other occasions. One-stroke win over Craig Stadler at TPC Twin Cities came during the midst of five consecutive top-five performances and was his first victory in 47 official starts on the Champions Tour. Took the lead with a 13-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole and then used a clutch two-putt birdie from 68 feet on the final green to notch the win...The week prior, had led for most of the last 36 holes of the U.S. Senior Open, but played the last four holes at Bellerive in 4-over to drop back into a T3 with Jay Haas...Was in contention the week earlier for all four days at the Senior British Open in Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush GC before falling one stroke short of eventual-winner Pete Oakley...Was T2 at the Bank of America Championship, four strokes back of Craig Stadler and also finished second to Mark McNulty at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship despite shooting an 8-under 64 in the first round and holding a two-stroke advantage going into the final round...Became one of the oldest players to earn a spot in the U.S. Open when he earned a berth at a qualifying tournament near Houston. Made the field in the prestigious event for the 31st consecutive year and 33rd time overall, tying Arnold Palmer and Gene Sarazen for third all-time. Made the cut at Shinnecock Hills and finished T57. 2003: Did not win an event for the first time in four years on the Champions Tour and $1,549,819 in earnings were the most money ever in a season without a victory, breaking Dana Quigley's mark of $1,327,659 set in 1999...Made a spirited run in the final round of the SAS Championship before eventually finishing T2 along with Bobby Wadkins, one stroke back of D.A. Weibring. Posted a career-best 11-under 61 on Sunday at Prestonwood and almost came from 11 strokes back to win. Final round included just 22 putts, with one-putts on each of the last nine holes...Also T2 at the JELD-WEN Tradition near Portland, one stroke back of Tom Watson. Missed sending the event into a playoff when he didn't convert a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole...Equaled the TPC Michigan course record with a 63 and vaulted from 10th into a T2 at the Ford Senior Players Championship. His 9-under round was the lowest Sunday score in tournament history...Was the 36-hole leader at the Turtle Bay Championship before falling by two strokes to Hale Irwin in October. Traded leads with Irwin in the final round before hitting his second shot into the water on the 18th hole...Appeared to be in control at the Kinko's Classic in his hometown of Austin with two holes to play, but bogeys on 17 and 18 proved costly as he slipped into a T4, two strokes out of the Irwin-Watson playoff...Had more rounds in the 60s than any other player (42)...Played in the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields, but missed the cut. 2002: Three victories, equaling the total of his first two years on the circuit, and a first for him since 1989...Was a six-stroke winner at the first official event, the MasterCard Championship. Became just the third player to go wire-to-wire in the tournament after opening with a then Hualalai course-record 63 that included a pair of eagles on the front nine. Victory in Hawaii made him just the fourth player to claim the season-opening event on both the Champions Tour and the PGA TOUR (joining Jack Nicklaus, Al Geiberger and Don January)...Defeated Tom Watson in a playoff to win the SBC Senior Classic. Forced the overtime session with a birdie on the 18th hole and then made par on the second extra hole for the victory...Won his ninth TOUR title in the state of California near the end of the season. Held off Bruce Fleisher and Fred Gibson to win the Napa Valley Championship by one stroke despite shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday, the highest final-round score by a winner in 2002 and also the highest finish by a winner in the history of the event. Win at Silverado came 30 years after he successfully made it through the PGA TOUR Qualifying School at the same venue...Made consecutive eagles in the final round of the AT&T Canada Senior Open, a Champions Tour first since Steve Veriato made back-to-back eagles at the 2002 Gold Rush Classic. 2001: Won the Gold Rush Classic by one stroke over Allen Doyle. Three-round total of 22-under 194 at Serrano CC tied an all-time 54-hole Champions Tour record in relation to par at the time and included a 62 in the second round. His 17-under 127 score after two days was the lowest first 36-hole total of the year and 15-under 129 on Saturday and Sunday was the lowest last 36-hole total in 2001. 2000: Posted first Champions Tour victory in his fifth start, a three-man playoff with Larry Nelson and Tom Watson at The Countrywide Tradition. Battled Watson for six holes (Nelson went out on the second extra hole) before prevailing with a birdie. Became the first player since Tom Wargo at the PGA Seniors' in 1993 to make his first victory a Champions Tour major...Also had a two-stroke win over Bruce Fleisher at the SBC Senior Open. Played the last four holes in 3-under-par to overtake Fleisher...Finished in the top 10 in all four Champions Tour majors. Finished T2 at the rain-shortened PGA Seniors' Championship, third at the U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley and sixth at the Ford Senior Players Championship after holding the lead going into the final round...Set a new Champions Tour standard by hitting 78 percent of Greens in Regulation, breaking the old mark of 77 percent by John Mahaffey in 1999.

Personal

After wearing glasses since age 12, had LASIK surgery in late January 1998 to correct acute nearsightedness...Started playing golf at age 6 by following his father around and won his first tournament at 11...Three of his last four PGA TOUR victories came on holidays—1992 BellSouth Classic (Mother's Day), 1992 U.S. Open (Father's Day), 1993 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Valentines Day)...Biggest thrill in golf was being selected as the Ryder Cup captain in 1997...Has worked with such teachers as Harvey Penick, Bob Toski, Peter Kostis, Chuck Cook, Jim McLean, Dave Pelz and Dave Phillips...His daughter, Stephanie, was a former gymnast at the University of Alabama and was a member of its national championship squad in 2002. Son David played golf at South Carolina and is now an assistant men's golf coach at The College of Charleston...Lists Pebble Beach as his favorite golf course and Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete...Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2002, along with Charlie Sifford, Marlene Streit and Isao Aoki...Dream foursome would include Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Walter Hagen "because they were the best players of all time that I never had a chance to play with."...The first car he owned was a 1957 Chevy...Enjoys Mexican food...He and his family have two dogs, Maja, a shepherd mix, and Mulligan, a foxhound...Says the best shot of his career was when he holed his lob wedge for a birdie on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach during the last round of the 1992 U.S. Open that helped him to a two-stroke win...Would like to continue his golf course design work in the future, with his son David joining him.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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