|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Richard Fletcher Pride III|
July 15, 1969 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|College||University of Alabama|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1995|
|U.S. Open||T28: 2003|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T73: 1994|
Pride was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended Tuscaloosa Academy and the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the golf team. Pride was named All-Southeastern Conference his junior and senior years. He was a semifinalist at the 1991 U.S. Amateur. He turned professional in 1992 and played in that season's U.S. Open, where he missed the cut.
Pride became a full-time PGA Tour member after his finish at the 1993 qualifying school. Pride earned his only win to date at the 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, his 19th PGA Tour start. He won that event with a birdie on the first extra hole of a playoff against Hal Sutton and Gene Sauers. His best finish in a major was a tie for 28th at the 2003 U.S. Open.
Pride developed severe health problems in 2002 (gall bladder, pancreatitis, plantar fasciitis, broken bones) which severely limited his playing time. For the next decade, he split his playing time between the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He lives in Orlando, Florida. He is identified[by whom?] as a fan favorite at tournaments due to his casual style of play and friendliness.
In 2011, Pride was actively fund-raising for Alabama natives affected by the tornado that hit his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Playing in the past champion category (which is near the bottom of the PGA Tour exemption priority list), Pride started his 2012 season with two consecutive top-ten finishes, a T-5 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and T7 at the Honda Classic. Pride had his best finish since his only PGA Tour win at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship, finishing second to Jason Dufner. He was tied for the lead on the 72nd hole, but hit his tee shot into the water hazard on the left, but saved par with a 22-foot putt after a good approach shot. Dufner holed a 25-foot birdie putt from a similar position on the green to deny Pride his first victory in almost 18 years (a win would have established a PGA Tour record for longest time between wins, beating Robert Gamez by over two years). Overall, Pride played in 19 events, made 12 cuts, earned $1,259,712, played in three stages of the FedEx Cup, and finished 70th on the 2012 money list, earning a full Tour card for 2013 and entry into invitational tournaments reserved for the top 70 money earners. At age 43, 2013 marked the first time since 1999 that Pride was fully exempt on the PGA Tour.
Professional wins (1)
PGA Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||Jul 31, 1994||Federal Express St. Jude Classic||–17 (66-67-67-67=267)||Playoff||Gene Sauers, Hal Sutton|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1994||Federal Express St. Jude Classic||Gene Sauers, Hal Sutton||Won with birdie on first extra hole|