Richard Kaplan

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Richard Kaplan
Personal information
Full name Richard Dennis Kaplan
Born (1962-03-10) 10 March 1962 (age 55)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Sandton, South Africa
Turned professional 1990
Current tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Former tour(s) Asian Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
Asian Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 4
Other 4

Richard Dennis Kaplan (born 10 March 1962) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the Sunshine Tour.

Kaplan was born in Johannesburg and currently lives in Sandton, Johannesburg with his wife and two children. He had a decorated amateur career during the 1980s, which included winning the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) in 1986 and the Southern Transvaal Open Strokeplay in 1984. He also earned his Springbok colors four times.

Kaplan turned professional in 1986 and won for the first time on the Sunshine Tour in 1995. He added three more tour wins between then and 2000. His best year-end finish on the Order of Merit was 9th in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Kaplan has also competed on the Asian Tour where, in 1996, he won the Royal Thai Classic and finished in the top 20 on the Order of Merit.

Speaking in an interview, Kaplan said that his heroes are Jack Nicklaus because "he's the greatest" and Tiger Woods because "he's becoming the greatest".[citation needed]

Amateur highlights[edit]

Professional wins (9)[edit]

Sunshine Tour (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 7 May 1995 Amatola Sun Classic –6 (68-70-72=210) Playoff South Africa Bobby Lincoln, South Africa Sean Pappas
2 30 Sep 1995 FNB Pro Series: Western Cape Open –2 (72-70-72=214) 2 strokes South Africa Sammy Daniels, South Africa Ashley Roestoff
3 3 Mar 1996 Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Open –17 (66-67-70-68=271) Playoff South Africa Wayne Westner
4 1 Apr 2000 FNB Botswana Open –10 (71-67-65=203) 1 stroke South Africa Callie Swart

Asian Tour (1)[edit]

  • 1996 (1) Royal Thai Classic

Other wins (4)[edit]

  • 1989 (1) Pietersburg Classic
  • 1990 (2) Pietermaritzburg, Nissan Challenge
  • 1991 (1) Pietersburg Classic

Team appearances[edit]

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