McKinney, Texas, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|College||University of Texas|
|Current tour||Champions Tour|
|Professional wins||37 (PGA Tour: 19, Champions Tour: 10, Other: 8)|
| Best Results in Major Championships|
|Masters||2nd/T2: 1983, 1986, 1997|
|U.S. Open||Won 1992|
|The Open||T2: 1978|
|PGA Championship||T4: 1981, 1988|
|Bob Jones Award||1979|
|Golf Writers' Player of the Year||1981, 1989|
|Vardon Trophy||1981, 1982|
|Byron Nelson Trophy||1981, 1982|
|PGA Player of the Year||1989|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2004|
Kite was born in McKinney, Texas. He began playing golf at age 6 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 and has been a consistent money winner ever since. 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, 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2000.
In 1989 he was named PGA of America Player of the Year; in 1981 the Golf Writers Association Player of the Year, the Vardon Trophy winner in 1980 & 1981, Bob Jones Award recipient in 1979 and Golf Digest Rookie of the Year in 1973.
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 Tour’s 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 García.
Kite has added golf course designer to his resume and has successfully completed several golf courses in collaboration with Bob Cupp, Randy Russell and Roy Bechtol. Completed golf courses include Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey; Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas; Somersett Country Club in Reno, Nevada; Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Legends on LBJ in Kingsland, Texas. Visit Tom Kite Design link below.
In 1973 Kite was the Rookie of the Year, In 1979, Tom Kite was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004..
Major championship is shown in bold.
Senior major championship is shown in bold.
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runner Up|
|1992||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||-3 (71-72-70-72=285)||2 strokes||Jeff Sluman|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T5||DNP||T2||T30|
|The Open Championship||T27||DNP||CUT||T29||T22||T8||CUT||T72||T20||T19|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||T19||T14||T8||T58||T27||T10||T38||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T70||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10