Michael Christie (golfer)

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Michael Christie
Personal information
Born (1969-06-25)June 25, 1969
Greenville, South Carolina
Died April 22, 2004(2004-04-22) (aged 34)
Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality  United States
College University of South Carolina
Turned professional 1993
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 4
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T52: 1993
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Michael Christie (June 25, 1969 – April 22, 2004) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and NGA Hooters Tour.

Christie was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He was an All-American at the University of South Carolina in 1992. Christie got his start in professional golf in 1993 by qualifying for the U.S. Open, where he finished T-52. He won his first pro tournament on the then Nike Tour at the Carolina Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1995 by shooting a tournament record of 22-under-par. He played on the Nike Tour from 1994 to 1996 winning four times and earned his PGA Tour card as a result of his three victories in 1996, finishing second Stewart Cink on the money list. Christie played on the PGA Tour from 1997 to 2000; his best finish was a tie for sixth at the Greater Vancouver Open in 1997.

Christie began experiencing debilitating physical ailments beginning in 1998 which curtailed his golfing career. Through several surgeries, he attempted comebacks to the professional ranks through 2003. Christie died of a self-inflicted wound at the age of 34.[1][2]

In addition to his successes on the PGA and Nationwide Tours, Christie won twice on the Hooters Tour. His teammates at the University of South Carolina included current pros Carl Paulson and Brett Quigley.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

Nationwide Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Jun 25, 1995 Nike Carolina Classic −22 (68-66-66-66=266) 2 strokes United States Sean Murphy
2 May 26, 1996 Nike Greater Greenville Classic −23 (68-65-69-63=265) 6 strokes United States Danny Ellis
3 Aug 25, 1996 Nike Permian Basin Open −18 (68-71-6665=270) 2 strokes United States Anthony Rodriguez
4 Sep 14, 1996 Nike Utah Classic −20 (66-63-67=196) 4 strokes United States R. W. Eaks

Other wins (2)[edit]

  • 2 wins on the NGA Hooters Tour

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996
U.S. Open T52 DNP DNP T79

Note: The U.S. Open was the only major Christie played.
DNP = Did not play
"T" = tied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2004: Newsmakers – Christie tragedy a tale of despair". Golfweek. October 11, 2004. 
  2. ^ Kann, Kraig (April 30, 2004). "Golf and Life and Death Too". Golf Channel. 

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