Who's who in golf - Curtis Strange


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Name: - Curtis Northrup Strange
Country: - USA
Born : - January 30th, 1955 in Norfolk, Commonwealth of Virginia.
Original Home/Club: - Norfolk, Virginia
Occupation: - Professional golfer, TV commentator, course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1976

Roll of Honour

Majors (2). Walker Cup player (1975). Ryder Cup player (1983, '85, '87, '89, '95). Ryder Cup captain (2002). Total professional wins (28), of which US PGA Tr (17) and Japan Tr (1). US PGA Tr leading money winner (1985, '87, '88). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007).


Golf course design

Strange has partnered with several top golf course architects as a design consultant. Projects worked on include (but are not limited to): Woods course, Kingsmill Resort, VA (with Tom Clark); Virginia Beach Natl (with Pete Dye); King Valley, Ontario (with Doug Carrick).


Did you know?

Strange grew up with his identical twin brother Allan, in Norfolk, Virginia, where his father owned a local country club. After attending Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Curtis Strange turned professional in 1976. He became one of the best golfers of the 1980s, a decade in which most of his 28 professional wins came. In total he won 17 PGA Tour titles, including two U.S. Open Championships. He also won at least three times in Australia. Strange's limited success on the Champions Tour saw him make a move into television, as a lead golf commentator and analyst.


Top tournaments won by Curtis Strange

1993Men Aus/NZGreg Norman Holden Intl.Lakes GC, Aus274x
Played as Greg Norman's Holden Classic (an Australasian Tour event). Won by Curtis Strange (USA). [The Lakes GC, Sydney, Aus].
1990Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)PGA West8 skins$220,000
Played as the Skins Game (four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Defending champion Strange (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $220,000. Second: Greg Norman (Aus) 4 skins worth $90,000. Third: Nick Faldo (Eng) 4 skins worth $70,000 and Jack Nicklaus (USA) 2 skins worth $70,000. [Stadium course, Club at PGA West, La Quinta, California].
1989Men AmericaGrand Slam of Golf73x
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by the season's four Major winners. Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Strange (USA). Third was Ian Baker-Finch (Aus); fourth was Greg Norman (Aus).
1989Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC190$125,000
Played as the RMCC Invitational. Second-placed team of Tom Weiskopf & Lanny Wadkins finished 6 shots behind the winning team of Curtis Strange & Mark O'Meara.
1989Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)PGA West11 skins$265,000
Played as the Skins Game (four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Strange (USA) won with a total of 11 skins worth $265,000. Second: Jack Nicklaus (USA) 4 skins worth $90,000. Third: defending champion Raymond Floyd (USA) 2 skins worth $60,000. Fourth: Lee Trevino (USA) 1 skin worth $35,000. [Stadium course, Club at PGA West, La Quinta, California].
1989Men MajorsUS OpenOak Hill CC, NY278 (-2)$200,000
The US Open (89th) (June 15-18). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA), Mark McCumber (USA) and Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Strange (USA). [East course, Oak Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].
1988Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX270 (-18)$126,000
Played as the Independent Insurance Agent Open. Strange (USA) beat Greg Norman (Aus) with a 25-foot putt to make birdie at the third playoff hole. [Tournament course (known as TPC at The Woodlands), Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
1988Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village274 (-14)$160,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament. Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and David Frost (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Strange (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
1988Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$1,147,644see Score
Strange (USA) won his second straight Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1988 leading money winner, with earnings of $1,147,644 on the Tour. Chip Beck (USA) was second with $916,818; Joey Sindelar (USA) was third with $813,732.
1988Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Strange (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1988Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)Pebble Beach279 (-9)$360,000
Played as the Nabisco Championship (Nov 10-13). Strange (USA) beat Tom Kite (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-3 17th). Strange became the first player to win over $1 million in a single year on the PGA Tour. [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA].
1988Men MajorsUS OpenCountry Club, Brookline278 (-6)$180,000
The US Open (88th) (June 16-20). Strange (USA) beat Nick Faldo (Eng) in an 18-hole playoff: Strange 71 (E), Faldo 75 (+4). [The Country Club, Brookline, Boston, MA].
1987Men AmericaCanadian OpenGlen Abbey276 (-12)$108,000
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed David Frost (RSA), Jodie Mudd (USA) and Nick Price (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Strange (USA). [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].
1987Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$925,941see Score
Strange (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1987 leading money winner, with earnings of $925,941 on the Tour. Paul Azinger (USA) was second with $822,481; Ben Crenshaw (USA) was third with $638,194.
1987Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicColonial CC, Tenn275 (-13)$130,328
Played as the Federal Express St Jude Classic. Second-placed Denis Watson (Zim), Tom Kite (USA), Russ Cochran (USA) and Mike Donald (USA) finished 1 shot behind Strange (USA). [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].
1987Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC275 (-5)$144,000
Played as the NEC World Series of Golf. Second-placed Fulton Allem (USA) finished 3 shots behind Strange (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1986Men JapanABC ChampionshipSports Shinko CC271 (-17)¥6.5million
Played as the ABC Japan-US Match (Oct 30-Nov 2; Japan Tr event; individual low score winner). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 4 shots behind Strange (USA), who recorded his first and only Japan Tour win. [Sports Shinko CC, Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan].
1986Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX274 (-14)$90,000
Played as the Houston Open. Strange (USA) beat Calvin Peete (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Tournament course (known as TPC at The Woodlands), Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
1985Men AmericaCanadian OpenGlen Abbey279 (-9)$86,506
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and defending champion Greg Norman (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Strange (USA). This was the last of Jack Nicklaus's seven runner-up finishes in the Canadian Open, one of a few top-level PGA Tour titles he failed to win. [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].
1985Men AmericaHonda ClassicTPC Eagle Trace275 (-13)$90,000
Played as the Honda Classic (Feb 28-Mar 3). Strange (USA) beat Peter Jacobsen (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [TPC Eagle Trace, Coral Springs, FL].
1985Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$542,321see Score
Strange (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1985 leading money winner, with earnings of $542,321 on the Tour. Lanny Wadkins (USA) was second with $446,893; Calvin Peete (USA) was third with $384,489.
1985Men AmericaShriners Hosp. OpenLas Vegas CC338 (-22)$171,000
Played as the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational. Second-placed Mike Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind Strange (USA). [Las Vegas CC, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC) and Tropicana CC].
1984Men AmericaSouthwest ClassicFairway Oaks, TX273 (-15)$63,000
Played as the LaJet Golf Classic. Second-placed Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 2 shots behind Strange (USA). [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].
1983Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipWethersfield CC268 (-16)$54,000
Played as the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open. Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) and Jack Renner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Strange (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
1981Men AmericaPanama Open204
Played as the Panama Open. Won by Strange (USA). Tournament reduced to 54 holes.
1980Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX266 (-18)$63,000
Played as the Michelob Houston Open. Strange (USA) beat Lee Trevino (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to claim his second PGA Tour win. [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
1980Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC268 (-20)$36,000
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Winning team: Curtis Strange (USA) & Nancy Lopez (USA). Second place: Craig Stadler (USA) & Lori Garbacz (USA) and Gibby Gilbert (USA) & Sandra Spuzich (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1980Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC273 (-11)$72,000
Played as the Manufactures Hanover Westchester Classic. Second-placed Gibby Gilbert (USA) finished 2 shots behind Strange (USA). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1979Men AmericaPensacola Openxx
Played as the Pensacola Open.

 

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