Kirk Triplett

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Kirk Triplett
Kirk Triplett.jpg
Triplett in June 2011
Personal information
Full name Kirk Alan Triplett
Born (1962-03-29) March 29, 1962 (age 54)
Moses Lake, Washington
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Spouse Cathi
Children 4
Career
College Nevada
Turned professional 1985
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Web.com Tour 1
PGA Tour Champions 5
Other 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T6: 2001, 2004
U.S. Open T7: 2001
The Open Championship T60: 2000
PGA Championship T10: 2001

Kirk Alan Triplett (born March 29, 1962) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, and PGA Tour Champions.

Early years[edit]

Born in Moses Lake, Washington, Triplett grew up in on the Palouse in Pullman and graduated from Pullman High School in 1980. He accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Nevada in Reno and earned a degree in civil engineering. He became a golf professional in 1985 and played on tours in Australia, Asia, and Canada.[1][2] He played in the U.S. Open in 1986 and 1987, but missed the cuts.[3]

PGA Tour[edit]

In his fourth attempt, Triplett earned his PGA Tour card in December 1989 at the qualifying tournament near Houston,[1][4] and was a rookie in 1990.[5] He won three events during his career: the Nissan Open in 2000,[2][6] the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2003,[7] and the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in 2006.[8] He was also a runner-up five times: Houston Open (1992), Buick Invitational (1995), John Deere Classic (2000), Michelob Championship at Kingsmill (2001), and Bay Hill Invitational (2003).

A member of the Presidents Cup team in 2000, Triplett claimed three wins and halved in singles as the U.S. won 21½–10½.[9] He has been featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Nationwide Tour[edit]

In 2009, Triplett finished outside the top 150 on the money list and lost his PGA Tour playing card. On the Nationwide Tour in 2011, he won the News Sentinel Open at age 49 to become that tour's oldest winner ever.[10]

PGA Tour Champions[edit]

Eligible to play on the Champions Tour in 2012 after March 29, Triplett won in his eighth attempt on July 9, at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He entered the final round four strokes behind, but shot a final round 66 to surge through the pack and prevail by two strokes over Mark McNulty.[11] The win made him the sixth player to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored tours (PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, and Champions Tour).[12] He successfully defended the title in 2013 for his second Champions Tour win.

Triplett shot a tournament record 9-under-par at the Principal Charity Classic at West Glen Oaks Country Club in Des Moines, Iowa. Through June 2016, he has five wins on the PGA Tour Champions.

Triplett is also part owner of a hole in one insurance company called Hole In One International in conjunction with President/CEO Mark Gilmartin.[13]

Professional wins (14)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 20, 2000 Nissan Open 67-70-68-67=272 −12 1 stroke Sweden Jesper Parnevik
2 Aug 24, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open 67-68-73-63=271 −17 3 strokes United States Tim Herron
3 Feb 26, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson 68-71-64-63=266 −22 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2000 John Deere Classic United States Michael Clark II Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 28, 2011 News Sentinel Open 67-64-68-68=267 −21 2 strokes United States Marco Dawson

Other wins (5)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 8, 2012 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach 70-70-66=206 −10 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty
2 Sep 29, 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach 67-70-68=205 −11 2 strokes United States Dan Forsman, United States Doug Garwood
3 Feb 16, 2014 ACE Group Classic 67-67-66=200 −16 1 stroke United States Olin Browne, Germany Bernhard Langer, United States Duffy Waldorf
4 Oct 12, 2014 SAS Championship 70-63-69=202 −14 3 strokes United States Tom Lehman
5 Jun 26, 2016 American Family Insurance Championship 68-66-65=199 −17 2 strokes United States Bart Bryant, United States Mike Goodes

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T33 CUT 66 T52 T23 DNP T40 DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP T15 T13 CUT T13 CUT T49
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT T6 T40 CUT T6 T17 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open 56 T7 CUT T28 T20 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship T60 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T69 T10 T29 WD CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP

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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 17 9
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 14 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 4 10 40 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2000 U.S. Open – 2001 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2001 Masters – 2001 PGA)

Results in senior major championships[edit]

Results are not in chronological order prior to 2016.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
The Tradition T33 T10 DNP T41 T3
Senior PGA Championship T19 T6 DNP T13 T7
Senior Players Championship T6 T60 T22 2 T7
Senior British Open Championship T15 DNP T8 T25 DNP
U.S. Senior Open T22 T9 8 T57 WD

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Triplett earns PGA Tour card". Idahonian. Moscow. December 5, 1989. p. 9A. 
  2. ^ a b Ferguson, Doug (February 21, 2000). "Triplett's singular sensation". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. C1. 
  3. ^ "Watson, Wiebe lead; Pullman's Triplett out of Open". Idahonian. Moscow. Associated Press. June 20, 1987. p. 19. 
  4. ^ "Triplett qualifies for PGA". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. staff and wire reports. December 5, 1989. p. C2. 
  5. ^ Bergum, Steve (July 12, 1990). "Tour experience helps Triplett smell Lilac". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "Triplett delivers overdue victory". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. news services. February 21, 2000. p. D2. 
  7. ^ Sonner, Scott (August 25, 2003). "Triplett charges to win". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ "Triplett sizzles to win in Tucson". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. February 27, 2006. p. 2B. 
  9. ^ "Americans quietly reclaim Cup". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. news services. October 23, 2000. p. D2. 
  10. ^ "Kirk Triplett claims one-shot N'wide win". ESPN. Associated Press. August 28, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kirk Triplett wins maiden Champions Tour event". PGA Tour. Associated Press. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Stambaugh, Phil (July 8, 2012). "Round 3 notes: Nature Valley First Tee Open". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hole In One International - Partners". Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ Official 1991 PGA Tour Media Guide. PGA Tour Creative Services. 1991. p. 169. 

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