David Frost (golfer)

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David Frost
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name David Laurence Frost
Born (1959-09-11) 11 September 1959 (age 54)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb; 14.5 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Paarl, South Africa
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Children Sean, Noelle
Career
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Sunshine Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 10
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 6
Champions Tour 5
European Seniors Tour 2
Other 5
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T5: 1995
U.S. Open T15: 1986
The Open Championship 6th: 1987
PGA Championship T10: 1987
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
1998/99
Byron Nelson Award 1987

David Laurence Frost (born 11 September 1959) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the Champions Tour. He has previously played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Frost has thirty professional tournament wins to his name, spread across four continents.

Frost was born in Cape Town, South Africa and matriculated at Paarl Boys' High School in 1977. He turned professional in 1981. He used to be a cigarette salesman. He scored his first professional win in his home country in 1983 and has continued to play in South Africa in the northern winter, but like other leading South African golfers he has spent far more time playing internationally. In line with many other Commonwealth golfers his first move abroad was to the European Tour and he played that tour from 1982 to 1984.

From 1985 he was primarily on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, where he went on to win ten tournaments, the most prestigious of which was the 1989 NEC World Series of Golf which he won by defeating Ben Crenshaw at the second playoff hole. He made the top ten on the PGA Tour money list twice, placing 9th in 1988 and 5th in 1993 and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 86 weeks between 1988 and 1994.[1] By his forties, he was no longer a regular contender on the tour, but in 2005 he set the all time PGA Tour 72-hole putting record with 92 putts at the MCI Heritage while finishing only tied 38th.

Since 2007 Frost has re-established his career on the European Tour.

In June 2013, Frost won his maiden senior major championship at the 2013 Regions Tradition. He won by a single stroke over Fred Couples to claim his first major title in his 17th attempt. It was also his fifth career victory on the Champions Tour.

Frost won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1998/99. He was a member of the International Team in the first staging of the Presidents Cup in 1994, and took part again in 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he captained South Africa to victory in the Alfred Dunhill Cup in Scotland. His team mates were Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Frost owns a wine business which produces vintages named after golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Professional wins (30)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 2 Oct 1988 Southern Open −10 (70-68-65-67=270) Playoff United States Bob Tway
2 6 Nov 1988 Northern Telecom Tucson Open −2 (71-69-70-76=286) 5 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia, United States Mark O'Meara
3 27 Aug 1989 NEC World Series of Golf −4 (70-68-69-69=276) Playoff United States Ben Crenshaw
4 29 Apr 1990 USF&G Classic −12 (71-70-66-69=276) 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman
5 28 Jun 1992 Buick Classic −16 (67-68-67-66=268) 8 strokes United States Duffy Waldorf
6 20 Sep 1992 Hardee's Golf Classic −14 (62-68-64-72=266) 3 strokes United States Tom Lehman, United States Loren Roberts
7 12 Sep 1993 Canadian Open −9 (72-70-69-68=279) 1 stroke United States Fred Couples
8 19 Sep 1993 Hardee's Golf Classic −21 (68-63-64-64=259) 7 strokes United States Payne Stewart, United States D. A. Weibring
9 26 Jun 1994 Canon Greater Hartford Open −12 (65-68-66-69=268) 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman
10 25 May 1997 MasterCard Colonial −15 (66-63-69-67=265) 2 strokes United States Brad Faxon, United States David Ogrin

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Western Open United States Fred Couples, United States Tom Kite, Zimbabwe Nick Price Kite won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic Spain Seve Ballesteros, United States Ken Green, Australia Greg Norman Ballesteros won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1988 Southern Open United States Bob Tway Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1989 NEC World Series of Golf United States Ben Crenshaw Won with par on second extra hole
5 1995 MCI Heritage United States Nolan Henke, United States Bob Tway Tway won with par on second extra hole
Frost eliminated with par on first hole

Sunshine Tour wins (6)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 18 Oct 1984 Compagnie de Chauffe Cannes Open −8 (72-72-68-68=280) 2 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr, England John Morgan
2 24 Jan 1999 Mercedes-Benz - Vodacom South African Open
(co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour)
−5 (69-69-73-68=279) 1 stroke United States Scott Dunlap, India Jeev Milkha Singh

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 22 Nov 1992 Dunlop Phoenix −11 (72-69-69-67=277) Playoff Japan Kiyoshi Murota

Other wins (5)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (5)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Aug 2010 3M Championship −25 (64-66-61=191) 7 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
2 22 Apr 2012 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Michael Allen)
−29 (62-63-62=187) 1 stroke United States John Cook & United States Joey Sindelar
3 28 Oct 2012 AT&T Championship −8 (71-71-66=208) Playoff Germany Bernhard Langer
4 17 Mar 2013 Toshiba Classic −19 (63-66-65=194) 5 strokes United States Fred Couples
5 9 Jun 2013 Regions Tradition −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke United States Fred Couples

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Senior PGA Championship United States Fred Couples, United States Tom Lehman Lehman won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2012 AT&T Championship Germany Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai United States John Cook Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Seniors Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Dec 2011 Mauritius Commercial Bank Open −13 (70-64-69=203) Playoff England Roger Chapman
2 9 Dec 2012 MCB Tour Championship −11 (64-67-74=205) 1 stroke England Barry Lane, Australia Peter Fowler

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T45 8 T18
U.S. Open DNP DNP T23 T15 T17 CUT T18
The Open Championship CUT T47 T28 CUT 6 T7 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T21 T10 CUT T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T32 DNP CUT T35 T5 T10 37 T26 DNP
U.S. Open T33 CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP T24 T51 T31 T40 CUT T42 T7
PGA Championship T31 T48 T73 CUT T25 T67 CUT CUT T56 T21
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship T55 CUT DNP DNP DNP T15 DNP CUT T51 DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 4 11 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 4 14 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 3 5 21 13
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 15 10
Totals 0 0 0 1 7 17 61 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1986 PGA – 1988 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1987 Open Championship – 1988 Masters)

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2013 Regions Tradition 1 shot lead −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke United States Fred Couples

Senior results timeline[edit]

Results are not be in chronological order prior to 2012.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Senior PGA Championship DNP T2 T22 T4 DNP
The Tradition DNP T21 11 T18 1
Senior Players Championship T24 T25 T55 T28 T27
U.S. Senior Open DNP 62 DQ WD T20
Senior British Open Championship DNP T14 6 T15 T3

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

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