Name:Kirk Alan Triplett
Born:March 29, 1962 in Moses Lake, Washington.
Played as the Pure Insurance Championship (Sept 27-29). Kirk Triplett (USA) beat Billy Andrade (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th), to record his third win in this event. [Pebble Beach Golf Links & Poppy Hills GC, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Final round at Pebble Beach].
Played as the Hoag Classic (March 8-10; formerly Toshiba Classic). Kirk Triplett (USA) beat Woody Austin (USA) with a 12-foot eagle putt at the second playoff hole (par-5 18th). [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, CA].
Played as the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (Apr 19-22; 49-hole two-man alternate shot & better-ball team event). Winning team of Paul Broadhurst (Eng) & Kirk Triplett (USA) beat Bernhard Langer (Ger) & Tom Lehman (USA) with a bunker-shot birdie at the first playoff hole (par-3 9th). [Final round on Top of the Rock (par-3 course), Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri; 18-hole Buffalo Ridge and 13-hole Mountain Top courses used in earlier rounds].
Played as the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship (June 24-26). Second-placed Mike Goodes (USA) and Bart Bryant (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kirk Triplett (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour Champions win. [University Ridge GC, Madison, Wisconsin].
Played as the SAS Championship (Oct 10-12). Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 3 shots behind Kirk Triplett (USA). [Highlands & Meadows hybrid course, Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC].
Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 14-16). Second-placed Olin Browne (USA), Duffy Waldorf (USA) and defending champion Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Kirk Triplett (USA). [Talon course, TwinEagles Club, Naples, FL].
Played as the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Sept 27-29). Second-placed Doug Garwood (USA) and Dan Forsman (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Kirk Triplett (USA), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [Pebble Beach Golf Links & Del Monte GC, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Final round at Pebble Beach].
Played as the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (July 6-8). Second-placed Mark McNulty (Ire) finished 2 shots behind 50-year-old Kirk Triplett (USA), who recorded his first Champions Tour win. [Pebble Beach Golf Links & Del Monte GC, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Final round at Pebble Beach].
Triplett (USA) won the Champions Tour 2012 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished 19th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $833,717.
Played as the Chrysler Classic of Tucson (Feb 23-26). Second-placed Jerry Kelly (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kirk Triplett (USA), who recorded the last of his three PGA Tour wins. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
Played as the Reno-Tahoe Open (Aug 21-24). Second-placed Tim Herron (USA) finished 3 shots behind Triplett (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Montreux G&CC, Reno, NV].
Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 17-20). Second-placed Jesper Parnevik (Swe) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Triplett (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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