Name:Stephen Michael Ames
Country:Trinidad & Tobago
Born:April 28, 1964 in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago.
Original/Home Club:Pointe-à-Pierre GC, T&T.
Multiple European and PGA Tour wins.
PGA Tour, European Tour and PGA Champions Tour player. Following his marriage to a Canadian air hostess, Ames became a dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad & Tobago in December 2003.
Played as the Principal Charity Classic (June 2-4). Second-placed Steve Stricker (USA) and defending champion Jerry Kelly (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stephen Ames (Can), who recorded his second win in this event, third win of the year, and fifth PGA Tour Champions win overall. [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].
Played as the Boeing Classic (Aug 11-13). Second-placed and defending champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 7 shots behind Stephen Ames (Can). Ames shot a 9-under 63 in the final round to claim his fourth PGA Tour Champions win of 2023. [Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, nr Seattle, Washington].
Played as the Trophy Hassan II (Feb 9-11; PGA Champions Tour event; formerly called Morocco Champions; not played in 2021 or 2022). Second-placed Mark Hensby (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Stephen Ames (Can). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco]. Note: The Ladies European Tour's Lalla Meryem Cup played at the same time on RGDES's Blue course.
Played as the Mitsubishi Electric Classic (May 5-7). Second-placed Miguel Angel Jiménez (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Stephen Ames (Can), who recorded his second win in this event. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GA].
Played as the Principal Charity Classic (June 4-6). Second-placed Mike Weir (Can) finished 1 shot behind his fellow countryman Stephen Ames (T&T/Can), who recorded his second PGA Tour Champions win. [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].
Played as the Mitsubishi Electric Classic (Apr 14-16). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind 52-year-old Stephen Ames (T&T/Can), who recorded his first PGA Tour Champions win. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GA].
Played as the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart (Nov 12-15). Stephen Ames (T&T/Can) beat George McNeill (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole, to record the last of his four PGA Tour wins. Justin Leonard (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
Played as the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart (Nov 1-4). Second-placed Tim Clark (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Stephen Ames (T&T/Can). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
Played as the LG Skins Game (Nov 24-25). Defending champion Ames (T&T/Can) won with a total of 9 skins worth $675,000. Second was Fred Couples (USA) 9 skins worth $325,000. Zach Johnson (USA) and Brett Wetterich (USA), making their Skins Game debuts, were shut out with no skins. [Celebrity course, Indian Wells Resort, Coachella Valley, California].
Played as The Players Championship (March 23-26). Second-placed Retief Goosen (RSA) finished 6 shots behind Ames (T&T/Can). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
Played as the LG Skins Game (Nov 25/26). Ames (T&T/Can) won with a total of 8 skins worth $590,000. Second was Fred Couples (USA) 9 skins worth $385,000. Third was John Daly (USA) 1 skin worth $25,000. Defending champion Fred Funk (USA) was shut out with no skins. [GC at La Quinta, La Quinta, California; at the time known as Trilogy at La Quinta].
Played as the Cialis Western Open (July 1-4). Second-placed Steve Lowery (USA) finished 2 shots behind 40-year-old Stephen Ames (T&T/Can), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (May 16-19). Second-placed Jon Robson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Ames (T&T/Can), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [The Oxfordshire, Milton Common, nr Oxford].
Played as the Open V33 du Grand Lyon at Villette D'Anthon (April 1-4). Second-placed Gabriel Hjertstedt (Swe) and Pedro Linhart (Esp) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Ames (T&T). [Sangliers course, Lyon GC, Villette d'Anthon, nr Lyon].
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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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