Doug Dunakey

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Doug Dunakey
Personal information
Born (1963-07-07) July 7, 1963 (age 57)
Waterloo, Iowa
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePort Charlotte, Florida
CollegeCalifornia State University, Stanislaus
Turned professional1987
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 2003
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Doug Dunakey (born July 7, 1963) is an American former professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He is known for shooting a 59 in the 1998 Nike Miami Valley Open, becoming only the fourth player to shoot a 59 on a major tour. After his professional career, Dunakey became the golf coach at Lemon Bay High School.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dunakey joined the Nationwide Tour (then known as the Nike Tour) in 1998. Dunakey shot a 59 in the second round of the Nike Miami Valley Open. Dunakey could have shot a 58 but he three putted the 18th hole. Despite shooting a 59, he did not win the tournament, finishing in a tie for second behind Craig Bowden. He won his first title on tour at the Nike Cleveland Open the following week. This win helped him finish 15th on the tour's money list with $128,052.[2] His 15th-place finish earned him his PGA Tour card for 1999. In his rookie year on the PGA Tour, Dunakey made 12 of 32 cuts while earning $298,069, good enough for a finish of 133rd on the money list. His best finish of the year came at the Honda Classic where he finished tied for third. Dunakey did not finish high enough on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for 2000 so he earned it through qualifying school. In his second year on tour, Dunakey recorded two top ten finishes and earned $393,059. He finished 124th on the money list and in doing so, retained his tour card for 2001. 2001 did not go well for Dunakey and it would be his last year on the PGA Tour. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2002 and 2003 before retiring.

Professional wins (2)[edit]

Nike Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 14, 1998 Nike Cleveland Open −18 (68-72-65-65=270) 1 stroke United States Dennis Paulson

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2003
U.S. Open CUT

CUT = missed the half-way cut
Note: Dunakey only played in the U.S. Open.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cardon, Mark. "Doug Dunakey Recalls Shooting 59". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "1998 Nike Tour Money Leaders". PGA Tour.

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