|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr.|
December 9, 1949|
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|Nationality||23x15px United States|
|College||University of Texas|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||2nd/T2: 1983, 1986, 1997|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1992|
|The Open Championship||T2: 1978|
|PGA Championship||T4: 1981, 1988|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2004 (member page)|
leading money winner
|PGA Player of the Year||1989|
Player of the Year
|Vardon Trophy||1981, 1982|
|Byron Nelson Trophy||1981, 1982|
|Bob Jones Award||1979|
Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr. (born December 9, 1949) is an American professional golfer and golf course architect. He spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 1989 and 1994.
Kite was born in McKinney, Texas. He began playing golf at age six, and won his first tournament at age 11. Kite attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship and was coached by Harvey Penick. He turned professional in 1972 and has been a consistent money winner ever since. Known for his innovation, he was the first to add a third wedge to his bag, one of the first players to use a sports psychologist, and one of the first to emphasize physical fitness for game improvement. He also underwent laser eye surgery, due to his partial blindness, in a bid to improve his game late in his career.
He has 19 PGA Tour victories, including the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He competed on seven Ryder Cup squads (1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993) and served as the 1997 captain. Kite holds a unique record of making the cut for the first four U.S. Opens held at Pebble Beach: 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2000. Kite also shares the distinction (with Gene Littler) of playing in the most Masters Tournaments without a win.
In 1989 he was named PGA of America Player of the Year; in 1981 the Golf Writers Association Player of the Year, the Vardon Trophy winner in 1981 and 1982, Bob Jones Award recipient in 1979 and Golf Digest Rookie of the Year in 1973.
Kite was the first in Tour history to reach $6 million, $7 million, $8 million, and $9 million in career earnings. He was the Tour's leading money-winner in 1981 and 1989. In his prime Kite had few peers with the short irons. In 1993, Johnny Miller referred to Kite as "the greatest short-iron player the game has seen."
His 16th and 17th PGA Tour victories were on Mother's Day and Father's Day in 1992.
In 2005 he led the PGA Tour's Booz Allen Classic by one shot going into the final round at the age of 55. If he had been able to stay ahead he would have beaten Sam Snead's record as the oldest winner on the PGA Tour by three years, but he fell away to finish tied 13th, seven shots behind Sergio García.
Kite currently plays the over 50s Champions Tour, where he has ten victories including one senior major, The Countrywide Tradition. At the 2012 U.S. Senior Open, Kite shot a front nine 28 (seven under par) in the first round. This was the lowest nine-hole score ever recorded in any USGA championship. He finished the tournament tied for 12th.
Kite has added golf course designer to his resumé and has successfully completed several golf courses in collaboration with Bob Cupp, Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol. Completed golf courses include Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey; Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas; Somersett Country Club in Reno, Nevada; Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Legends on LBJ in Kingsland, Texas.
- 1 Amateur wins (1)
- 2 Professional wins (38)
- 3 Major championships
- 4 Champions Tour major championships
- 5 U.S. national team appearances
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Amateur wins (1)
Professional wins (38)
PGA Tour wins (19)
PGA Tour playoff record (6–4)
|1||1976||IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic||23x15px Terry Diehl||Won with par on fifth extra hole|
|2||1982||Bob Hope Desert Classic||23x15px Ed Fiori||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|3||1982||Bay Hill Classic||23x15px Jack Nicklaus, 23x15px Denis Watson||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1986||Western Open||23x15px Fred Couples, 23x15px David Frost, 23x15px Nick Price||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1988||Kemper Open||23x15px Morris Hatalsky||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|6||1988||Nabisco Championship||23x15px Curtis Strange||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1989||Nestle Invitational||23x15px Davis Love III||Won with par on second extra hole|
|8||1989||Nabisco Championship||23x15px Payne Stewart||Won with par on second extra hole|
|9||1990||Federal Express St. Jude Classic||23x15px John Cook||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1992||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||23x15px John Cook, 23x15px Rick Fehr,
23x15px Mark O'Meara, 23x15px Gene Sauers
|Cook won with eagle on fourth extra hole|
Fehr eliminated with birdie on second hole
Kite and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on first hole
European Tour wins (2)
Other wins (7)
- 1974 Air New Zealand Open
- 1981 JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (with Beth Daniel)
- 1987 Kirin Cup (individual)
- 1989 Alfred Dunhill Cup (team)
- 1992 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Billy Andrade), Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (with Davis Love III)
- 1996 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (with Jay Haas)
Champions Tour wins (10)
|Champions Tour major championships (1)|
|Other Champions Tour (9)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Apr 2, 2000||The Countrywide Tradition||−8 (68-70-71-71=280)||Playoff||23x15px Larry Nelson, 23x15px Tom Watson|
|2||Jun 11, 2000||SBC Senior Open||−9 (71-68-68=207)||2 strokes||23x15px Bruce Fleisher|
|3||Sep 30, 2001||Gold Rush Classic||−22 (65-62-67=194)||1 stroke||23x15px Allen Doyle|
|4||Jan 20, 2002||MasterCard Championship||−17 (63-69-67=199)||6 strokes||23x15px John Jacobs|
|5||Mar 3, 2002||SBC Senior Classic||−4 (74-69-69=212)||Playoff||23x15px Tom Watson|
|6||Oct 13, 2002||Napa Valley Championship||−12 (66-66-72=204)||1 stroke||23x15px Bruce Fleisher, 23x15px Fred Gibson|
|7||Aug 8, 2004||3M Championship||−13 (65-69-69=203)||1 stroke||23x15px Craig Stadler|
|8||Mar 12, 2006||AT&T Classic||−12 (70-64-70=204)||5 strokes||23x15px Gil Morgan|
|9||Aug 20, 2006||Boeing Greater Seattle Classic||−15 (71-64-66=201)||Playoff||23x15px Keith Fergus|
|10||Aug 24, 2008||Boeing Classic||−14 (69-67-66=202)||2 strokes||23x15px Scott Simpson|
Champions Tour playoff record (3–2)
|1||2000||The Countrywide Tradition||23x15px Larry Nelson, 23x15px Tom Watson||Won with birdie on sixth extra hole|
Nelson eliminated with par on second hole
|2||2002||SBC Senior Classic||23x15px Tom Watson||Won with par on second extra hole|
|3||2006||Boeing Greater Seattle Classic||23x15px Keith Fergus||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2007||Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf||23x15px Jay Haas||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|5||2008||ACE Group Classic||23x15px Brad Bryant, 23x15px Scott Hoch, 23x15px Tom Jenkins||Hoch won with birdie on first extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1992||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||−3 (71-72-70-72=285)||2 strokes||23x15px Jeff Sluman|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T5||DNP||T2||T30|
|The Open Championship||T27||DNP||CUT||T29||T22||T8||CUT||T72||T20||T19|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||T19||T14||T8||T58||T27||T10||T38||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T70||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||2||5||10||22||19|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (1986 PGA – 1990 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (four times)
Champions Tour major championships
|2000||The Countrywide Tradition||−8 (66-71-71-72=280)||Playoff1||23x15px Larry Nelson, 23x15px Tom Watson|
1Kite won with birdie on sixth extra hole; Nelson eliminated with par on second hole
Results not in chronological order before 2014.
|Senior PGA Championship||T2||T23||T15||T10||T121||T10||T40||T7||T13||T14|
|Senior Players Championship||6||T10||T10||T2||T7||T39||T9||T25||T21||T47|
|U.S. Senior Open||3||15||3||T12||T3||T37||T55||T22||T12||CUT|
|Senior British Open Championship||–||–||–||4||T2||CUT||T10||T10||T16||T8|
|Senior PGA Championship||T29||CUT||CUT||T28||CUT||CUT|
|Senior Players Championship||T16||T17||52||T27||79|
|U.S. Senior Open||T8||T29||T12||T44||T14|
|Senior British Open Championship||DNP||T49||T24||T14||DNP|
Note: The Senior British Open was not a Champions Tour major until 2003.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
U.S. national team appearances
- Ryder Cup: 1979 (winners), 1981 (winners), 1983 (winners), 1985, 1987, 1989 (tie), 1993 (winners), 1997 (captain)
- World Cup: 1984, 1985
- Dunhill Cup: 1989 (winners), 1990, 1992, 1994
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Surgery has opened up a whole new world to Kite". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011.
- "Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Master's". MSNBC. Associated Press. April 3, 2009. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012.
- "Short-iron specialist Kite surges past the $8m mark". The Herald. March 1, 1993. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- Kupelian, Vartan (July 12, 2012). "Kite rewrites USGA record books with front-nine 28". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "2012 USGA Media Guide: USGA Superlatives" (PDF). USGA. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- "Which players will reach the HOF?". ESPN. April 18, 2007.
- Arkush, Michael (April 3, 2000). "Kite Wins in 6th Hole of Playoff". The New York Times.
- Tom Kite at the PGA Tour official site
- Tom Kite at the European Tour official site
- about.com profile
- Tom Kite Design