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Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr. (born December 9, 1949) is an Americamarker professional golfer. He spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1989 and 1994.

Kite was born in McKinney, Texasmarker. He began playing golf at age 6 and won his first tournament at age 11. Kite attended the University of Texasmarker 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 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 at every U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach, 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2000.

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 1980 & 1981, Bob Jones Award recipient in 1979 and Golf Digest Rookie of the Year in 1973.

Tom 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 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 thirteenth, seven shots behind Sergio García.

Kite currently plays the over 50s Champions Tour, where he has nine victories including one senior major, The Countrywide Tradition.

Kite has added golf course designer to his resume 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. Visit Tom Kite Design link below.

In 1973 Kite was the Rookie of the Year, In 1979, Tom Kite was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004..

Amateur wins (1)



Professional wins (38)

PGA Tour wins (19)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 6, 1976 IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic -6 (71-70-70-66=277) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Terry Diehl]] |- |2 |Sep 4, [[1978 PGA Tour|1978]] |[[B.C. Open]] |-17 (66-65-68-68=267) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Mark Hayes (golfer)|Mark Hayes]] |- |3 |Mar 8, [[1981 PGA Tour|1981]] |[[American Motors Inverrary Classic]] |-14 (69-68-68-69=274) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jack Nicklaus]] |- |4 |Mar 7, [[1982 PGA Tour|1982]] |[[Bay Hill Classic]] |-6 (69-70-70-69=278) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jack Nicklaus]], {{flagicon|ZWE}} [[Denis Watson]] |- |5 |Feb 6, [[1983 PGA Tour|1983]] |[[Bing Crosby National Pro-Am]] |-12 (69-72-62-73=276) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Rex Caldwell]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Calvin Peete]] |- |6 |Mar 11, [[1984 PGA Tour|1984]] |[[Doral-Eastern Open]] |-16 (68-69-70-65=272) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jack Nicklaus]] |- |7 |Jun 24, [[1984 PGA Tour|1984]] |[[Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic]] |-19 (69-67-66-67=269) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Don Pooley]] |- |8 |May 5, [[1985 PGA Tour|1985]] |[[MONY Tournament of Champions]] |-16 (68-66-66-64=264) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Mark McCumber]] |- |9 |Aug 3, [[1986 PGA Tour|1986]] |[[Western Open]] |-18 (66-70-65-69=270) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Fred Couples]], {{flagicon|RSA}} [[David Frost (golfer)|David Frost]],
{{flagicon|ZWE}} [[Nick Price]] |- |10 |Jun 7, [[1987 PGA Tour|1987]] |[[Kemper Open]] |-14 (64-69-68-69=270) |7 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Chris Perry (golfer)|Chris Perry]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Howard Twitty]] |- |11 |Mar 12, [[1989 PGA Tour|1989]] |[[Nestle Invitational]] |-6 (68-72-67-71=278) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Davis Love III]] |- |12 |Mar 19, [[1989 PGA Tour|1989]] |[[The Players Championship]] |-9 (69-70-69-71=279) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Chip Beck]] |- |13 |Oct 29, [[1989 PGA Tour|1989]] |[[The Tour Championship|Nabisco Championship]] |-8 (69-65-74-68=276) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Payne Stewart]] |- |14 |Aug 5, [[1990 PGA Tour|1990]] |[[Federal Express St. Jude Classic]] |-15 (72-68-62-67=269) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[John Cook (golfer)|John Cook]] |- |15 |Jan 6, [[1991 PGA Tour|1991]] |[[Infiniti Tournament of Champions]] |-16 (68-67-68-69=272) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Lanny Wadkins]] |- |16 |May 10, [[1992 PGA Tour|1992]] |[[BellSouth Classic]] |-16 (70-65-72-65=272) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jay Don Blake]] |--bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |17 |Jun 21, [[1992 PGA Tour|1992]] |'''[[U.S. Open (golf)|U.S. Open]]''' |-3 (71-72-70-72=285) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jeff Sluman]] |- |18 |Feb 14, [[1993 PGA Tour|1993]] |[[Bob Hope Chrysler Classic]] |-35 (67-67-64-65-62=325) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Rick Fehr]] |- |19 |Feb 28, [[1993 PGA Tour|1993]] |[[Nissan Los Angeles Open]] |-6 (67-69-70-72=278) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|CAN}} [[Dave Barr (golfer)|Dave Barr]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Fred Couples]],
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Donnie Hammond]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Payne Stewart]] |} ===Other wins (9)=== *1974 Air New Zealand Open *1980 [[European Open (golf)|European Open]] ([[European Tour]]) *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 [[Oki Pro-Am]] (European Tour), [[Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout]] with ([[Jay Haas]]). ===Champions Tour wins (10)=== {| width=53% | valign=top width=33% align=left | {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:95%;" |- bgcolor="#eeeeee" |'''Legend''' |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |Champions Tour Major Championships (1) |- bgcolor= |Other Champions Tour (9) |} |} {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:95%;" !No. !Date !Tournament !Winning Score !Margin of
Victory !Runner(s)-up |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |1 |Apr 2, [[2000 Senior PGA Tour|2000]] | '''[[The Countrywide Tradition]]''' |-8 (68-70-71-71=280) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Larry Nelson]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Tom Watson (golfer)|Tom Watson]] |- |2 |Jun 11, [[2000 Senior PGA Tour|2000]] |[[SBC Senior Open]] |-9 (71-68-68=207) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Bruce Fleisher]] |- |3 |Sep 30, [[2001 Senior PGA Tour|2001]] |[[Gold Rush Classic]] |-22 (65-62-67=194) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Allen Doyle]] |- |4 |Jan 20, [[2002 Senior PGA Tour|2002]] |[[MasterCard Championship]] |-17 (63-69-67=199) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[John Jacobs (American golfer)|John Jacobs]] |- |5 |Mar 3, [[2002 Senior PGA Tour|2002]] |[[SBC Senior Classic]] |-4 (74-69-69=212) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Tom Watson (golfer)|Tom Watson]] |- |6 |Oct 13, [[2002 Senior PGA Tour|2002]] |[[Napa Valley Championship]] |-12 (66-66-72=204) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Bruce Fleisher]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Fred Gibson (golfer)|Fred Gibson]] |- |7 |Aug 8, [[2004 Champions Tour|2004]] |[[3M Championship]] |-13 (65-69-69=203) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Craig Stadler]] |- |8 |Mar 12, [[2006 Champions Tour|2006]] |[[AT&T Champions Classic|AT&T Classic]] |-12 (70-64-70=204) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Gil Morgan]] |- |9 |Aug 20, [[2006 Champions Tour|2006]] |[[Boeing Greater Seattle Classic]] |-15 (71-64-66=201) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Keith Fergus]] |- |10 |Aug 24, [[2008 Champions Tour|2008]] |[[Boeing Classic]] |-14 (69-67-66=202)
2 strokes Scott Simpson


Major Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1992 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit -3 (71-72-70-72=285) 2 strokes Jeff Sluman


Results timeline

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Mastersmarker DNP T42 T27 DNP DNP T10 T5 T3 T18 5
U.S. Open CUT DNP T19 DNP T8 CUT CUT T27 T20 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T5 DNP T2 T30
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T39 T33 T13 T13 CUT T35


Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Mastersmarker T6 T5 T5 T2 T6 CUT T2 T24 44 T18
U.S. Open CUT T20 29 T20 CUT 13 T35 T46 T36 T9
The Open Championship T27 DNP CUT T29 T22 T8 CUT T72 T20 T19
PGA Championship T20 T4 T9 T67 T34 T12 T26 T10 T4 T34


Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Mastersmarker T14 56 DNP CUT 4 CUT CUT 2 38 DNP
U.S. Open T56 T37 1 CUT T33 T67 T82 T68 T43 T60
The Open Championship CUT T44 T19 T14 T8 T58 T27 T10 T38 DNP
PGA Championship T40 T52 T21 T56 T9 T54 CUT 5 CUT CUT


Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
The Mastersmarker DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T32 T5 CUT CUT T57
The Open Championship T70 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T19 CUT 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

See also



References

  1. 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ESPN - Which players will reach the HOF? - Golf


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