Golf Birthdays: December 8-14

December 8

Steve Elkington, the 1995 PGA Championship winner, turns 53. A native of Australia, Elkington won 10 PGA Tour titles and 17 titles overall, all between 1990 and 1999. He was four strokes back at the turn of the Major in 1995, and fell to six strokes behind Ernie Els at the end of 54. Elkington took the course and the field by storm on Sunday, recording a 64 to tie Colin Motgomerie, who shot a 65, for a one-stroke lead.  Elkington took the title on his first playoff hole with a 20-foot birdie putt.

Brandt Snedeker, a seven-time PGA Tour winner, turns 35. Snedeker has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world. Snedeker was the 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and the 2012 FedEx Cup Champion.

December 9

Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 US Open and World Golf Hall of Famer, turns 66. The University of Texas graduate has 38 career victories, 19 of those on the PGA Tour. In addition to his win at the Open, he finished second at the Masters thrice, and second at the Open Championship once. He won the 1992 Open by two strokes with a score of 3-under. He was the PGA Tour money leader in 1981 and 1989, and its leading money winner in 1989.

December 11

Brad Bryant, winner of the 1995 Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, turns 61.

December 12

Deane Pappas, five-time professional winner, turns 48.

December 13

Rickie Fowler, only the second man to finish in the top 5 of all four Majors in a calendar year, turns Fowler has three professional wins and is ranked No. 5 in the world. In 2014 he finished tied for second at the US Open and Open Championships, tied for third at the PGA Championship, and tied for fifth at the Masters.

December 14

Brian Gay, four-time PGA winner, turns 44.

 

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