Paul Stankowski

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Paul Stankowski
Personal information
Full name Paul Francis Stankowski
Born (1969-12-02) December 2, 1969 (age 47)
Oxnard, California
Nationality  United States
Residence Flower Mound, Texas
Career
College UTEP
Turned professional 1991
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T5: 1997
U.S. Open T19: 1997
The Open Championship CUT: 1997
PGA Championship T41: 2000

Paul Francis Stankowski (born December 2, 1969) is an American professional golfer who has played on both the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour.

Stankowski was born in Oxnard, California. He first played golf on Easter Sunday in 1978 at the age of 8. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and turned pro in 1991.

Stankowski initially played on the Nationwide Tour. His first and only victory in this venue came at the 1996 Nike Louisiana Open. The following week, he played in the BellSouth Classic on the PGA Tour and won, becoming the only golfer in history to win a Nationwide Tour event and a PGA Tour event back-to-back. Stankowski started the week as the sixth alternate. He had another big year in 1997, winning the United Airlines Hawaiian Open. His best finish in a major was T5 at the 1997 Masters Tournament.[1]

In 1998, however, his fortunes began to change due to a host of injury-related ailments. He injured his right shoulder at the Bay Hill Invitational that year and also had LASIK surgery. In 2004, he suffered a major injury to his left wrist and played the two following years under a Major Medical Extension.

Stankowski is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and sponsors the annual Paul Stankowski FCA Golf Scramble in El Paso. He lives in Flower Mound, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Stankowski has made over 400 starts on the PGA Tour, but has not played a full season since 2011. With his PGA Tour career winding down, he changed his focus to entrepreneurship and radio broadcasting. He is the co-owner of Francis Edward, a leather goods company whose name is derived from the middle names of Stankowski and co-founder Mike Vicary.[2] Stankowski is married and has two children. He says he is done with competitive golf until 2020, when he becomes eligible for PGA Tour Champions.[3]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 7, 1996 BellSouth Classic −8 (68-71-70-71=280) Playoff United States Brandel Chamblee
2 Feb 16, 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open −17 (71-66-64-70=271) Playoff United States Jim Furyk, United States Mike Reid

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 BellSouth Classic United States Brandel Chamblee Won with par on first extra hole
2 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open United States Jim Furyk, United States Mike Reid Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Reid eliminated with par on first hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT T5 T39 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP T19 CUT DNP DNP DNP T62
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T47 T67 CUT DNP T41 74 DNP

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Stankowski". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Francis Edward, Stankowski's belt company". 
  3. ^ Strege, John (January 31, 2014). "Paul Stankowski trades tour golf for business". Golf Digest. 

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