Chris Smith (golfer)

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Chris Smith
Personal information
Full name Christopher McClain Smith
Born (1969-04-15) April 15, 1969 (age 48)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1991
Current tour(s) Web.com Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Web.com Tour 5
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T60: 1997
The Open Championship 71st: 2003
PGA Championship T29: 2001
Achievements and awards
Big Ten Freshman of the Year 1988
Big Ten Player of the Year 1991
Nike Tour
leading money winner
1997
Nike Tour
Player of the Year
1997

Christopher McClain Smith (born April 15, 1969) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour.

Smith was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating from Rochester Community High School; during his sophomore season (1985), he was the Boys State High School Champion, in his senior season (1987), he finished as the state runner-up in the boys state golf championship.[1] He was awarded the Fred Keesling Award following his high school career.[2] He attended Ohio State University, where he completed a successful collegiate career. He won seven individual titles, including the 1990 Big Ten Championship, the 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and 5 other events. He was a four-time All-Conference selection in the Big Ten from 1988 to 1991; his other Big Ten Awards include the 1988 Freshman of the Year, the 1990 Player of the Year and the 1990 Les Bolstad Award for lowest stroke average. He was named an All-America selection in 1990 as a junior (honorable mention) and in 1991 as a senior (first team). Smith won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1990 and competed in the Sun Bowl Golf Classic in 1990. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2000.

In 1997, Smith became the first golfer on the Nike Tour (now known as the Web.com Tour) to immediately move up to the PGA Tour by way of the "battlefield promotion", which is awarded to a player who wins three tournaments in one Nike Tour season. In 1997 he was named the Nike Tour Player of the Year and also led the money list.

Smith has won one tournament on the PGA Tour, the 2002 Buick Classic.[3] Smith struggled on the PGA Tour after the win. In 2004 his best result on the PGA Tour since his sole win in 2002 was when he finished 3rd place at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

On June 21, 2009, Smith's wife was killed in an automobile accident. His two children were also critically injured.[4]

In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall Of Fame and has been quite successful in the Indiana Golf Association.[5] In 2014 he finished T2 in the IGA Stroke Play Series #4 at the Delaware Country Club and was his best result in any tournament since 2002.

Smith held a share of the 54-hole lead at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, but stumbled with a final-round 73 to finish T10. It was his first PGA Tour top-10 in ten years.

Amateur wins (12)[edit]

  • 1985 IHSAA Boys State Championship[1]
  • 1985 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
  • 1986 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
  • 1988 Western Junior
  • 1990 Indiana State Amateur, Big Ten Championship (individual)
  • 1991 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
  • 1988-91 Five additional intercollegiate events

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Jun 9, 2002 Buick Classic −12 (66-69-67-70=272) 2 strokes United States David Gossett, United States Pat Perez, United States Loren Roberts

Nike Tour wins (5)[edit]

Other wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T60 DNP T62 DNP CUT DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T76 71 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T29 T53 DNP DNP

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

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