|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Richard Taylor Smith|
June 28, 1967|
|Died||July 21, 2007
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|PGA Championship||T53: 1997|
Smith played on the Ben Hogan Tour/Nike Tour (now Nationwide Tour) and the PGA Tour from 1992 to 1998. His best finish on the Nationwide Tour (1992–95, 1998) was a win at the 1992 Ben Hogan Permian Basin Open. His best finish on the PGA Tour (1996–97) was T-2 at the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open.
At the 1996 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic on the PGA Tour, Smith had tied Tiger Woods at the end of regulation play and appeared to be heading for a playoff. It was then revealed that Smith's putter had an illegal grip and he was disqualified, giving Woods his second career win. Smith had been informed about his putter on the 9th hole but was allowed to continue playing while he appealed the ruling. The appeal was denied.
Nationwide Tour wins
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