Jonathan Kaye

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Jonathan Kaye
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Andrew Kaye
Born (1970-08-02) August 2, 1970 (age 45)
Denver, Colorado
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
College University of Colorado
Turned professional 1993
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T43: 2001, 2005
U.S. Open T10: 2003
The Open Championship CUT: 2003, 2004
PGA Championship T51: 2000

Jonathan Andrew Kaye (born August 2, 1970) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.


Kaye was born in Denver, Colorado, and is Jewish.[1][2] He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 and turned pro that same year. He began playing on the PGA Tour in 1995 after successfully competing in qualifying school.

Kaye has won twice on the PGA Tour, at the 2003 Buick Classic and the 2004 FBR Open, and he has over 30 top-10 finishes. He is a self-taught player who has never had a teacher. "There's nobody who could teach my swing," he has said.[3]

Kaye has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking, though he has not played a PGA Tour event since 2011. Kaye briefly reappeared on the Tour in 2014, playing in three events and making the cut once with a T65 at the Panama Claro Championship.

2001 incident[edit]

In Kaye's early days in the tour, he was known to occasionally find himself in the center of sports media attention for his unorthodox behavior. Kaye's most well known clash with the Tour came at the 2001 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, played less than a month after 9/11. The co-leader after the second round, Kaye was heading to the locker room. As the story goes, a security guard refused him entry without his player ID badge, which Kaye then found and clipped provocatively to his belt buckle or the zipper of his pants. The guard took offense, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem reportedly suspended Kaye for two months (but the PGA Tour never divulges or even acknowledges player suspensions).[4][5][6][7][8]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Jun 22, 2003 Buick Classic −13 (70-66-68-67=271) Playoff United States John Rollins
2 Feb 1, 2004 FBR Open −18 (65-68-66-67=266) 2 strokes United States Chris DiMarco

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2002 Reno-Tahoe Open United States Chris Riley Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2003 Buick Classic United States John Rollins Won with eagle on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fine, Jeremy. "The Great Rabbino: Others; Current Golfers". Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Kaye profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kensler, Tom (November 1, 2001). "PGA Tour looking into incident involving Kaye Denver native could be facing disciplinary action". The Denver Post (Colorado). p. D-10. 
  5. ^ Kensler, Tom (December 7, 2001). "Kaye's agent disputes report Golfweek: Denver native suspended 2 months". The Denver Post (Colorado). p. D-3. 
  6. ^ Baines, Gary (January 10, 2002). "Kaye remains mum on reported PGA suspension – But he probably won't make 2002 debut until next month". Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado). p. C1. 
  7. ^ Kensler, Tom (February 28, 2002). "Secret PGA suspension excuse for Kaye's silence". The Denver Post (Colorado). p. D-2. 
  8. ^ "The Week – O.B.". Sports Illustrated. March 4, 2002. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 

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