Jim Rutledge

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Jim Rutledge
Personal information
Full name James Edgar Rutledge
Born (1959-08-26) August 26, 1959 (age 57)
Victoria, British Columbia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  Canada
Career
Turned professional 1978
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) Asian Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Canadian Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 1
Other 8
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T57: 1990
PGA Championship DNP

James Edgar Rutledge (born August 26, 1959) is a Canadian professional golfer who currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Rutledge was born in Victoria, British Columbia. He won the Canadian Juvenile Championship in 1975 at the Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria and the Canadian Junior Championship in 1977. He turned professional in 1978. For the first 20 years of his career, Rutledge would play in Asia in the winter and in Canada for the rest of the year. He did not do this from 1988 to 1992 though. During that time Rutledge was a member of the European Tour, where his best finish on the Order of Merit came in 1990 when he finished in 55th, earning £75,274. He played in his first major at the 1990 Open Championship, where he was high on the leaderboard going into the weekend, but ended up finishing T-57. He played in his second and last major the following year at the 1991 Open Championship but he missed the cut. Rutledge's best finish on the Asian Tour money list was third in 1994. He has finished third on the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit three times. He is one of the winningest players in Canadian Tour history, winning six times on tour.

Rutledge has been a member of the Nationwide Tour every year since 2001, except for 2007 when he was a member of the PGA Tour. Rutledge's first Nationwide Tour win in 2006 at the ING New Zealand PGA Championship, helped him finish in 14th on the money list, which earned him his PGA Tour card for 2007. As the second oldest rookie in the history of the PGA Tour, he was not able to retain his tour card. Rutledge only made 5 of 23 cuts, with his best finish coming at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun where he finished T-31. He does not play in Asia anymore but still plays on the Canadian Tour.

After turning 50 on August 26, 2009, Rutledge has made several appearances on the Champions Tour, with some success. He earned conditional exempt status for the 2011 Champions Tour season, by finishing eighth at the final qualifying school tournament on November 19, 2010. Only the top five players in that event gained full status for 2011.[1] He fully qualified for the 2012 Champions Tour after finishing tied for second at qualifying school in 2011.[2]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

  • 1975 Canadian Juvenile Championship
  • 1977 Canadian Junior Championship

Professional wins (9)[edit]

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

Canadian Tour wins (6)[edit]

  • 1979 British Columbia Open
  • 1981 British Columbia Open
  • 1984 Canadian PGA Championship
  • 1989 British Columbia Open
  • 1994 Alberta Open
  • 1995 Montclair PEI Classic

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship T57 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP

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

Canadian national team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Globe and Mail, November 20, 2010
  2. ^ Freeman earns medalist honors at q-school

External links[edit]