Curtis Strange

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Curtis Strange
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameCurtis Northrup Strange
Born(1955-01-30) January 30, 1955 (age 59)
Norfolk, Virginia
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
SpouseSarah Strange
Children2 sons
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1976
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour17
Japan Golf Tour1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1985
U.S. OpenWon: 1988, 1989
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1988
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1989
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2007 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1985, 1987, 1988
PGA Player of the Year1988
 
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Curtis Strange
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameCurtis Northrup Strange
Born(1955-01-30) January 30, 1955 (age 59)
Norfolk, Virginia
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality United States
SpouseSarah Strange
Children2 sons
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1976
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour17
Japan Golf Tour1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1985
U.S. OpenWon: 1988, 1989
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1988
PGA ChampionshipT2: 1989
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2007 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1985, 1987, 1988
PGA Player of the Year1988

Curtis Northrup Strange (born January 30, 1955) is an American professional golfer. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He spent over 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between their debut in 1986 and 1990.[1]

Early years through college[edit]

Strange and his identical twin brother, Allan,[2] were born in Norfolk, Virginia.[3] His father, a local country club owner, started him in golf at age 7.[2] Strange is a graduate of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Wake Forest University and was a member of the NCAA Championship team with Jay Haas and Bob Byman that Golf World has labeled "the greatest of all time".[4]

PGA Tour career[edit]

Strange is considered one of the leading golfers of the 1980s as 16 of his 17 PGA Tour victories took place in that decade. He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1985 and 1987 and in 1988, when he became the first man to win a million dollars in official money on the Tour in a season. His two majors were the 1988 and 1989 U.S. Opens. Strange is one of only two people in the last 83 years who won the U.S. Open two years in a row, Ben Hogan (1950, 1951) being the other.

Strange never won on the PGA Tour again after his 2nd U.S. Open victory. He played on five Ryder Cup teams (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 and 1995) and captained the team in 2002.[2]

Later career and honors[edit]

After reaching the age of 50 in January 2005, Strange began play on the Champions Tour, remarking, "I was getting worse and said, 'To hell with it.'"[5] His best finishes thus far are a 3rd place finish in the 2005 Constellation Energy Classic and a T-5 in the 2005 FedEx Kinko's Classic.[2]

In 1997 he was hired as the lead golf analyst for ESPN/ABC, working alongside host Mike Tirico. He left due to a contract dispute in before the 2004 U.S. Open, but rejoined ESPN/ABC at the 2008 U.S. Open, four years after he first left.

In this capacity he has provided commentary for several notable events, including Tiger Woods' playoff win at the 1997 Mercedes Championships, David Duval's final round of 59 at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Jean van de Velde's collapse at the 1999 Open Championship, Woods achieving the career grand slam at the 2000 Open Championship, Peter Jacobsen becoming one of the oldest Tour winners at age 49 during the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, Woods' winning performance with a torn ACL and a broken leg at the 2008 U.S. Open, Tom Watson nearly winning the 2009 Open Championship at age 59, and Phil Mickelson's second nine charge during the final round to win the 2013 Open Championship.

On April 18, 2007, Strange was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was inducted on November 12, 2007, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

In May 2009, he was named to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors athletes, coaches and administrators who contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia.

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

Professional wins (28)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (17)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (15)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Oct 21, 1979Pensacola Open−17 (69-71-62-69=271)1 strokeUnited States Billy Kratzert
2May 4, 1980Michelob-Houston Open−22 (66-63-66-71=266)PlayoffUnited States Lee Trevino
3Aug 17, 1980Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic−15 (69-65-70-69=273)2 strokesUnited States Gibby Gilbert
4Aug 21, 1983Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open−20 (67-62-69-68=268)1 strokeUnited States Jay Haas, United States Jack Renner
5Sep 30, 1984LaJet Golf Classic−15 (68-67-67-71=273)2 strokesUnited States Mark O'Meara
6Mar 3, 1985Honda Classic−13 (67-64-70-74=275)PlayoffUnited States Peter Jacobsen
7Mar 24, 1985Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational−22 (69-73-64-66-66=338)1 strokeUnited States Mike Smith
8Jul 7, 1985Canadian Open−9 (69-69-68-73=279)2 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus, Australia Greg Norman
9Apr 27, 1986Houston Open−14 (72-68-68-66=274)PlayoffUnited States Calvin Peete
10Jul 5, 1987Canadian Open−12 (71-70-66-69=276)3 strokesSouth Africa David Frost
11Aug 2, 1987Federal Express St. Jude Classic−13 (70-68-68-69=275)1 strokeUnited States Russ Cochran, United States Mike Donald,
United States Tom Kite, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
12Aug 30, 1987NEC World Series of Golf−13 (68-68-68-71=275)3 strokesSouth Africa Fulton Allem
13May 1, 1988Independent Insurance Agent Open−18 (69-68-66-67=270)PlayoffAustralia Greg Norman
14May 29, 1988Memorial Tournament−14 (73-70-64-67=274)2 strokesSouth Africa David Frost, United States Hale Irwin
15Jun 19, 1988U.S. Open−6 (70-67-69-72=278)PlayoffEngland Nick Faldo
16Nov 13, 1988Nabisco Championship−9 (64-71-70-74=279)PlayoffUnited States Tom Kite
17Jun 18, 1989U.S. Open−2 (71-64-73-70=278)1 strokeUnited States Chip Beck, United States Mark McCumber,
Wales Ian Woosnam

PGA Tour playoff record (6–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11980Michelob-Houston OpenUnited States Lee TrevinoWon with birdie on first extra hole
21981Tournament Players ChampionshipUnited States Raymond Floyd, United States Barry JaeckelFloyd won with par on first extra hole
31983Joe Garagiola-Tucson OpenUnited States Gil Morgan, United States Lanny WadkinsMorgan won with birdie on second extra hole
41985Honda ClassicUnited States Peter JacobsenWon with par on first extra hole
51986Houston OpenUnited States Calvin PeeteWon with birdie on third extra hole
61988Independent Insurance Agent OpenAustralia Greg NormanWon with birdie on third extra hole
71988U.S. OpenEngland Nick FaldoWon 18-hole playoff (Strange:71, Faldo:75)
81988Nabisco ChampionshipUnited States Tom KiteWon with birdie on second extra hole
91991Doral-Ryder OpenUnited States Rocco MediateLost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (11)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1988U.S. Open1 shot lead−6 (70-67-69-72=278)Playoff1England Nick Faldo
1989U.S. Open (2)3 shot deficit−2 (71-64-73-70=278)1 strokeUnited States Chip Beck, United States Mark McCumber, Wales Ian Woosnam

1Defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff – Strange 71 (E), Faldo 75 (+4).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament19751976197719781979
Masters TournamentCUTT15 LACUTDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPCUTDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPCUTDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT58CUT
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentCUTT19T7CUTT46T2T21T12T21T18
U.S. OpenT16T17T39T263T31CUTT411
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPT15T29DNPDNPT14DNPT13T61
PGA ChampionshipT5T27T1486CUTCUTCUT9T31T2
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT7T42T31WDT279CUTDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT21CUTT23T254T36T27CUTCUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTT38CUTDNPDNPCUTT72T44T19DNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTWDCUTCUTT19T17T26CUTDNPDNP
Tournament200020012002
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT58CUTCUT

LA = Low amateur
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament01014102014
U.S. Open20155102215
The Open Championship000004139
PGA Championship0102362312
Totals221812307850

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – Curtis Strange". Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "PGA Tour Profile – Curtis Strange". Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ Yocom, Guy (February 2005). "My Shot: Curtis Strange". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005. 
  5. ^ Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0. 

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