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Name: - Thomas Oliver "Tom" Kite Jr
Country: - USA
Born : - December 9th, 1949 in McKinney, Collin County, Texas.
Original Home/Club: - Austin, Texas
Occupation: - Professional golfer, course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1972
Web Address: - http://www.tomkitedesign.com

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). Senior majors (1). Walker Cup player (1971). Ryder Cup player (1979, '81, '83, '85, '87, '89, '93). Ryder Cup captain (1997). Total professional wins (38), of which US PGA Tour (19), European Tr (2) and Champions Tour (10). US PGA Tour leading money winner (1981, 1989). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2004).


Golf course design

Tom Kite Design have been responsible for designing and building several top-quality courses, which include (but are not limited to): Liberty National (NJ, with Bob Cupp); Trump International (Puerto Rico); Vanderbilt Legends (Tenn, with Bob Cupp); Gaillardia CC (Oklahoma); Somersett CC (NV); Comanche Trace (TX).


Did you know?

Kite attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship and while there was coached by Harvey Penick (as was fellow Hall of Famer and Texas alumni Ben Crenshaw). Kite turned professional in 1972 and has been a consistent money winner on the US PGA and Champions Tours ever since.


Top tournaments won by Tom Kite

2008Snr AmericaBoeing ClassicSnoqualmie Ridge202 (-14)$255,000
Played as the Boeing Classic (Aug 22-24). Second-placed Scott Simpson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kite (USA), who recorded the last of his ten Champions Tour victories. [Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, nr Seattle, Washington; at the time TPC Snoqualmie Ridge].
2006Snr AmericaAT&T Champions ClassicValencia CC204 (-12)$240,000
Played as the AT&T Classic (March 10-12; formerly SBC Classic). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 5 shots behind Kite (USA). [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].
2006Snr AmericaBoeing ClassicSnoqualmie Ridge201 (-15)$240,000
Played as the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (Aug 18-20). Kite (USA) beat Keith Fergus (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, nr Seattle, Washington; at the time TPC Snoqualmie Ridge].
2004Snr America3M ChampionshipTPC Twin Cities203 (-13)$262,500
Played as the 3M Championship (Aug 6-8). Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA). [TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, nr Minneapolis, Minn.].
2002Snr AmericaAT&T Champions ClassicValencia CC212 (-4)$217,500
Played as the SBC Senior Classic (March 1-3). Kite (USA) beat Tom Watson (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].
2002Snr AmericaMitsubishi ChampionshipHualalai Resort199 (-17)$258,000
Played as the MasterCard Championship (Jan 17-20; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed John Jacobs (USA) finished 6 shots behind Kite (USA). [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].
2002Snr AmericaTransamerica Ch'shipSilverado204 (-12)$195,000
Played as the Napa Valley Championship presented by Beringer Vineyards (Oct 11-13; a one-off event, previously The Transamerica). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) and Fred Gibson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA). [South course, Silverado Resort, Napa, California].
2001Snr AmericaGold Rush ClassicSerrano CC194 (-22)$195,000
Played as the Gold Rush Classic (Sept 28-30). Second-placed Allen Doyle (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA). [Serrano CC, El Dorado Hills, nr Sacramento, CA].
2000Snr AmericaAmeritech Snr OpenKemper Lakes207 (-9)$210,000
Played as the SBC Senior Open (June 9-11). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kite (USA). [Kemper Lakes GC, Kildeer, nr Chicago, Illinois].
2000Snr MajorsThe TraditionDesert Mountain280 (-8)$240,000
Played as the Countrywide Tradition (Mar 30-Apr 2). First-time Snr PGA Tour winner Kite (USA) beat Tom Watson (USA) with a birdie at the sixth playoff hole; Larry Nelson (USA) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Cochise course, Desert Mountain GC, Scottsdale, AZ].
1996Men EuropeOki Pro-AmLa Moraleja273 (-15)£74,500
Played as the Oki Pro-Am (Oct 10-13). Second-placed Ángel Cabrera (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [No.1 & 2 courses, Golf La Moraleja, Alcobendas, nr Madrid].
1996Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC187 (-29)$150,000
Played as the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (Nov 15-17; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Craig Stadler (USA) & Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 2 shots behind the winning team of Jay Haas (USA) & Tom Kite (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1993Men AmericaDesert ClassicPGA West325 (-35)$198,000
Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Feb 10-14). Second-placed Rick Fehr (USA) finished 6 shots behind Kite (USA). [PGA West (Palmer), La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC].
1993Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.206 (-7)$180,000
Played as the Nissan Los Angeles Open (Feb 25-28). Second-placed Dave Barr (Can), Fred Couples (USA), Donnie Hammond (USA) and Payne Stewart (USA) finished 3 shots behind Kite (USA), who recorded the last of his 19 PGA Tour wins. Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1992Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC272 (-16)$180,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic (May 7-10). Second-placed Jay Don Blake (USA) finished 3 shots behind Kite (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1992Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC191 (-25)$150,000
Played as the Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (Nov 13-15; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Fred Couples (USA) & Ray Floyd (USA) finished 1 shot behind the winning team of Tom Kite (USA) & Davis Love III (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1992Men MajorsUS OpenPebble Beach285 (-3)$275,000
The US Open (92nd) (June 18-21). Second-placed Jeff Sluman (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Kite (USA). [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA].
1991Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort272 (-16)$144,000
Played as the Infiniti Tournament of Champions (Jan 3-6; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1990Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicTPC Southwind269 (-15)$180,000
Played as the Federal Express St Jude Classic (Aug 2-5). Kite (USA) beat John Cook (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].
1989Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club278 (-6)$144,000
Played as The Nestle Invitational (March 9-12). Kite (USA) beat Davis Love III (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
1989Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$1,395,278see Score
Kite (USA) won his second Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1989 leading money winner, with earnings of $1,395,278 on the Tour. Payne Stewart (USA) was second with $1,201,301; Paul Azinger (USA) was third with $951,649.
1989Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass279 (-9)$243,000
Played as The Players Championship (March 16-19). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA), who recorded back-to-back PGA Tour wins. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1989Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Kite (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).
1989Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)Harbour Town276 (-8)$450,000
Played as the Nabisco Championship (Oct 26-29). Kite (USA) beat Payne Stewart (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-3 17th). [Harbour Town Links, Hilton Head, SC].
1987Men AmericaKemper OpenTPC Potomac270 (-14)$126,000
Played as the Kemper Open (June 2-5). Second-placed Chris Perry (USA) and Howard Twitty (USA) finished 7 shots behind Kite (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC. At the time known as TPC Avenel].
1986Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Butler Natl.286 (-2)$90,000
Played as the Western Open (July 31-Aug 3). Kite (USA) beat Fred Couples (USA), David Frost (RSA) and Nick Price (Zim) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Butler National GC, Oak Brook, IL].
1985Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort275 (-13)$72,000
Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (May 2-5). Second-placed Mark McCumber (USA) finished 6 shots behind Kite (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1984Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC269 (-19)$72,000
Played as the Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic (June 21-24). Second-placed Don Pooley (USA) finished 5 shots behind Kite (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1984Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort272 (-16)$72,000
Played as the Doral-Eastern Open (March 8-11). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kite (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
1983Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach276 (-12)$58,500
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Feb 3-6). Second-placed Rex Caldwell (USA) and Calvin Peete (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kite (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1982Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club278 (-6)$54,000
Played as the Bay Hill Classic (March 4-7). Kite (USA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Denis Watson (Zim) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
1982Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am70.21n/a
Kite (USA) won his second straight PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 80 rounds). Calvin Peete (USA) was second with 70.33; Curtis Strange (USA) was third with 70.39.
1982Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr70.21n/a
Kite (USA) won his second straight PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Calvin Peete (USA) was second with 70.33; Curtis Strange (USA) was third with 70.39.
1981Men AmericaHonda ClassicInverrary CC274 (-14)$54,000
Played as the American Motors Inverrary Classic (March 5-8). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kite (USA). [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].
1981Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC270 (-18)$50,000
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 3-6; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second placed Vance Heafner (USA) & Cathy Morse (USA) finished 2 shots behind winning team of Tom Kite (USA) & Beth Daniel (USA). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1981Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.80n/a
Kite (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 80 rounds). Bruce Lietzke (USA) was second with 70.01; Ray Floyd (USA) was third with 70.20.
1981Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr69.80n/a
Kite (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Bruce Lietzke (USA) was second with 70.01; Ray Floyd (USA) was third with 70.20.
1981Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$375,699see Score
Kite (USA) won the inaugural Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour leading money winner, with 1981 season earnings of $375,699 on the Tour. Ray Floyd (USA) was second with $359,360; Tom Watson (USA) was third with $347,660.
1980Men EuropeEuropean OpenWalton Heath284 (-8)£17,500
Played as the European Open Championship (Sept 4-7). Second-placed Lon Hinkle (USA) and Leonard Thompson (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Kite (USA). [Composite course (predominantly based on the Old course), Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1978Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC267 (-17)$45,000
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 1-4). Second-placed Mark Hayes (USA) finished 5 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Kite (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. Monday finish. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
1976Men AmericaPhiladelphia Classicxx
Played as the IVB Bicentennial Golf Classic.
1974Men Aus/NZAir New Zealand Open268 (-16)NZ$6,500
Played as the City of Auckland Classic (Nov 14-17). Second-placed Stewart Ginn (Aus) finished 7 shots behind Kite (USA).

 

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