|Full name||Craig William Perks|
6 January 1967 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour, Nike Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 2002, 2003, 2004|
|U.S. Open||CUT: 2002|
|The Open Championship||T50: 2002|
|PGA Championship||T29: 2002|
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. Starting the year at 256 in the world rankings, Perks climbed from 203 to 64 with the win, 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.
PGA Tour wins
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||24 Mar 2002||The Players Championship||71-68-69-72=280||−8||2 strokes||Stephen Ames|
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T50||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
- Van Sickle, Gary (April 1, 2002). "Pitched battle". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
- "Drama marks Perks' first title run". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 25, 2002. p. 2E.
- "Players Championship top finishers' scorecards". ESPN. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "A million Perks for TPC champ". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. March 25, 2002. p. 1C.
- "2002: Week 12" (PDF). Official World Golf Rankings. March 24, 2002. Retrieved April 30, 2002.
- "Former Players Championship winner Perks retires". PGA Tour. 25 November 2007. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007.