Craig Perks

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Craig Perks
Personal information
Full nameCraig William Perks
Born (1967-01-06) 6 January 1967 (age 52)
Palmerston North,
New Zealand
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality New Zealand
CollegeSouthwestern Louisiana,
Turned professional1993
Former tour(s)PGA Tour, Nike Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2002, 2003, 2004
PGA ChampionshipT29: 2002
U.S. OpenCUT: 2002
The Open ChampionshipT50: 2002

Craig William Perks (born 6 January 1967) is a professional golfer from New Zealand who played on the PGA Tour.

Born and raised in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Perks played college golf in the United States at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. He turned professional in 1993 and played on the second tier Nike Tour for several seasons. He became a member of the PGA Tour after a tie for 35th in the 1999 Qualifying School earned him his tour card for the 2000 season.

At age 35 in 2002, Perks unexpectedly won The Players Championship, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA Tour. In the final pairing, he played the final three holes in only nine shots, three under par, with only one putt. Perks chipped in for eagle, sank a 25-foot (7.5 m) birdie putt on the Island Green, then chipped in for par to win by two strokes. He was even par 72 for the final round, but only had two pars in the last fourteen holes.[1][2][3] Starting the year at 256 in the world rankings, Perks climbed from 203 to 64 with the win,[4][5] and was named the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year for 2002. It granted a five-year exemption on tour, but was his only win in 202 starts.

After making only one cut on the PGA Tour during 2006 and 2007, he announced his retirement in November 2007,[6] and became a commentator on the Golf Channel.

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 24 Mar 2002 The Players Championship 71-68-69-72=280 −8 2 strokes Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T50 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T29
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

The Players Championship[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2002 The Players Championship 1 shot deficit −8 (71-68-69-72=280) 2 strokes Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The Players Championship 1 T17 CUT CUT CUT CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (1 April 2002). "Pitched battle". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Drama marks Perks' first title run". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 25 March 2002. p. 2E.
  3. ^ "Players Championship top finishers' scorecards". ESPN. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  4. ^ "A million Perks for TPC champ". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. 25 March 2002. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "2002: Week 12" (PDF). Official World Golf Rankings. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2002.
  6. ^ "Former Players Championship winner Perks retires". PGA Tour. 25 November 2007. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cameron Brown
New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Ben Fouhy