Jonathan Kaye

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Jonathan Kaye
Personal information
Full nameJonathan Andrew Kaye
Born (1970-08-02) August 2, 1970 (age 48)
Denver, Colorado
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
CollegeUniversity of Colorado
Turned professional1993
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT43: 2001, 2005
U.S. OpenT10: 2003
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2003, 2004
PGA ChampionshipT51: 2000

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


Kaye was born in Denver, Colorado, and is Jewish.[1][2] He attended Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a star in golf, graduating in 1988.[3][4] 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. In Kaye's early days in the tour, he occasionally found himself at the center of sports media attention for unorthodox behavior.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

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.[11]

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. He also played on the Tour in 2017. In July 2017, 21 years after winning his first Colorado Open, he won it again with a record-tying 23-under-par 265 in the 53rd CoBank Colorado Open, earning $100,000.[12]

Professional wins (4)[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 (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament T43 CUT T43
U.S. Open CUT T10 CUT
The Open Championship DQ CUT CUT
PGA Championship T51 T63 CUT T61 CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64 R64
Cadillac Championship NT1 20 T59
Bridgestone Invitational 2 T65

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

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. ^ AGA : Arizona Golf Association
  4. ^ Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on February 18, 2004 · Page 120
  5. ^ Jonathan Kaye Giving Pro Golf Another Shot | Golf Channel
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Kensler, Tom (December 7, 2001). "Kaye's agent disputes report Golfweek: Denver native suspended 2 months". The Denver Post. Colorado. p. D-3.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Kensler, Tom (February 28, 2002). "Secret PGA suspension excuse for Kaye's silence". The Denver Post. Colorado. p. D-2.
  10. ^ "The Week – O.B." Sports Illustrated. March 4, 2002. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Kaye profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  12. ^ [1]

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