- Tom Kite Player Profile
Tom Kite Biography
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Tom Kite Biography
Thomas Kite was born in McKinney, Texas on 9th December 1949. He started playing golf at the tender age of six and won his first tournament at age 11. Kite attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship and was coached by Harvey Penick. He turned professional in 1972
In 1973 Kite was awarded the title Rookie of the Year.
In 1979, Kite was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
Between 1989 and 1994 Kite spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He was also named PGA Player of the Year in 1989.
Kite is 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.
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 Tourâs 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 GarcÃa.
Kite currently plays the over 50s Champions Tour, where he has nine victories including one senior major, The Countrywide Tradition.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.