David Eger

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David Eger
Personal information
Full name David Benjamin Eger
Born (1952-03-17) March 17, 1952 (age 65)
Fort Meade, Maryland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina[1]
Spouse Tricia Santillo Eger
Career
College University of North Carolina
East Tennessee State
Turned professional 1978
(reinstated amateur)
2001
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1989
U.S. Open CUT: 1998
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship CUT: 1978

David Benjamin Eger (born March 17, 1952) is an American professional golfer on the Champions Tour.

Eger was born in Fort Meade, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina, and later East Tennessee State University. He turned professional in 1978, but won only $31,014 in 58 PGA Tour events, with only one top-10 finish.

In 1982, he went to work as a golf administrator and regained his amateur status.[2] He served as Director of Tournament Administration for the PGA Tour from 1982–92; Senior Director of Rules and Competition for the USGA from 1992–95; and as Vice-President of Competition for the PGA Tour from 1995-96.[3]

As a golf administrator, Eger kept his skills intact by playing competitively as an amateur, winning the 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the North and South Amateur in 1991. He was also a three-time Walker Cup team member and two-time semi-finalist in the U.S. Amateur.[2]

Eger turned professional for the second time in 2001. He earned a spot on the Champions Tour through qualifying school[2] after preparing with the help of golf instructor David Leadbetter.[3] He has two victories on the tour with both wins in inaugural events.[2] Eger won the 2003 MasterCard Classic — the first Champions Tour event ever held in Mexico, and a winner's prize of $300,000.[3] He won his second title in 2005 by shooting a final-round 67 in the inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic, winning $240,000. His 54-hole score of 199 was 17 under par, three strokes ahead of Tom Kite.[2]

Eger won the Champions Tour Player of the Month award in March 2003. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Tricia. He has two children, Dottie (1982) and Michael (1984).

Eger was the individual who alerted rules officials of Tiger Woods's illegal drop during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament.[4]

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 9, 2003 MasterCard Classic –12 (69-70-65=204) 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Tom Jenkins, United States Bruce Lietzke
2 Aug 21, 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic –17 (68-64-67=199) 3 strokes United States Tom Kite
3 May 2, 2010 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic –8 (68-68-69=205) 1 stroke United States Tommy Armour III
4 Apr 24, 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark McNulty)
–27 (64-64-61=189) Playoff United States Scott Hoch & United States Kenny Perry

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 Boeing Classic United States R. W. Eaks, United States Gil Morgan,
Japan Naomichi Ozaki, United States Dana Quigley,
United States Craig Stadler, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
Watson won with eagle on second extra hole
Eger, Morgan, Ozaki, and Quigley eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark McNulty)
United States Scott Hoch & United States Kenny Perry Won with par on second extra hole
3 2011 Senior PGA Championship United States Tom Watson Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
The Masters CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

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

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

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