Tom Kite’s playing career could be described as one of tremendous consistency. Growing up under the guidance of the Hall of Fame instructor, Harvey Penick, Kite had an impressive amateur career. At the University of Texas, he captained two NCAA championship teams and was co-medalist at the 1972 NCAA Tournament. He represented the United States in the 1970 Eisenhower Cup Matches and the 1971 Walker Cup before turning professional in 1973.
Kite’s professional career has been successful winning 19 official PGA Tour tournaments. His most memorable win was the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. From 1989 to 1995, Kite was the career leading money winner on the PGA Tour. He has been a member of seven U.S. Ryder Cup teams and was the captain of the 1997 team. In 1979, the USGA bestowed their highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, to Kite for his sportsmanship. He has won two Vardon Trophies (1981, 1982) for low scoring average and was named Player of the Year in 1981 and 1989. After turning 50, Kite has focused on the Champions Tour winning an additional ten events including one major championship, the Tradition.
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