Appleby at 2005 PGA Championship
1 May 1971 |
Cohuna, Victoria, Australia
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||Renay Appleby (1995–1998; her death)
Ashley Saleet (m. 2002)
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia (joined 1993)
PGA Tour (joined 1996)
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||3|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T7: 2007|
|U.S. Open||T10: 1998|
|The Open Championship||T2: 2002|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2000|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
Stuart Appleby (born 1 May 1971) is an Australian professional golfer.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal
- 4 Professional wins (17)
- 5 Results in major championships
- 6 Results in World Golf Championship events
- 7 Team appearances
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Appleby was born in Cohuna, Victoria, and grew up on a nearby dairy farm. He began in golf by hitting balls from paddock to paddock after his farm chores were completed. As a youth, he played Australian Rules Football.
Appleby turned professional in 1992 and began his career on the PGA Tour of Australasia. In 1995 he won twice on the Nike Tour (now known as the Web.com Tour), the second tier men's tour in the U.S. He was the eighth player to win his first Web.com Tour start. He qualified to compete on the PGA Tour the following year by finishing the season fifth on the money list.
Appleby has won nine times on the PGA Tour. He was a member of the International Team in the Presidents Cup five times, and featured in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2004. His best performance in a major championship came in 2002, where he lost in a four-way playoff to Ernie Els at The Open Championship.
In 2010, during the final round of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, Appleby became the fifth player in history to shoot a 59 in an official PGA Tour event. Appleby won the 2010 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year award.
Appleby was limited to seven starts before back surgery in March 2015. He made a start on the Web.com Tour for the first time in 20 years at the Nova Scotia Open, where he finished T36. As a player who qualified for a medical extension, Appleby was allowed entry into the Web.com Tour Finals. He did not make a cut during the finals and played the 2015–16 season on a major medical extension. He burned through his medical extension and finished 143rd in the FedEx Cup. He tried to regain his Tour card through the Web.com Finals, but did not finish high enough when Hurricane Matthew threatened Florida and the final tournament was cancelled, leaving the top 25 players with their cards, and Stuart finished 31st, leaving him with limited status for the 2016–17 season. Appleby finished 192nd in the FedEx Cup, limiting him to the Past Champions category for 2017–18.
Appleby married his second wife, Ashley Saleet, in 2002. He lives with Ashley and their four children in Orlando, Florida. After the 1999 plane crash that killed his friend and next-door neighbour Payne Stewart, he has been one of the key father figures for Stewart's children, Chelsea and Aaron. In his spare time, Appleby enjoys motor racing. He is the ambassador for Golf Australia's Crown Lager Social Golf Club and patron for Stuart Appleby Junior Golf.
Professional wins (17)
PGA Tour wins (9)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||16 Mar 1997||Honda Classic||−14 (68-68-67-71=274)||1 stroke||Michael Bradley, Payne Stewart|
|2||7 Jun 1998||Kemper Open||−10 (70-63-69-72=274)||1 stroke||Scott Hoch|
|3||2 May 1999||Shell Houston Open||−9 (70-68-70-71=279)||1 stroke||John Cook, Hal Sutton|
|4||12 Oct 2003||Las Vegas Invitational||−31 (62-68-63-66-69=328)||Playoff||Scott McCarron|
|5||11 Jan 2004||Mercedes Championships||−22 (66-67-66-71=270)||1 stroke||Vijay Singh|
|6||9 Jan 2005||Mercedes Championships (2)||−21 (74-64-66-67=271)||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye|
|7||8 Jan 2006||Mercedes Championships (3)||−8 (71-72-70-71=284)||Playoff||Vijay Singh|
|8||23 Apr 2006||Shell Houston Open (2)||−19 (66-67-69-67=269)||6 strokes||Bob Estes|
|9||1 Aug 2010||Greenbrier Classic||−22 (66-68-65-59=258)||1 stroke||Jeff Overton|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)
|1||2002||The Open Championship||Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Thomas Levet||Els beat Levet on first sudden-death hole,
after Appleby and Elkington were eliminated from a four-hole playoff
|2||2003||Las Vegas Invitational||Scott McCarron||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2006||Mercedes Championships||Vijay Singh||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||20 Dec 1998||Schweppes Coolum Classic||−17 (68-67-67-69=271)||4 strokes||Craig Spence|
|2||25 Nov 2001||Holden Australian Open||−17 (69-70-67-65=271)||3 strokes||Scott Laycock|
|3||14 Nov 2010||JBWere Masters||−10 (71-69-69-65=274)||1 stroke||Adam Bland|
Nike Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||19 Mar 1995||Nike Monterrey Open||−15 (68-70-67-68=273)||Playoff 1||Rafael Alarcon|
|2||1 Oct 1995||Nike Sonoma County Open||−19 (69-69-65-66=269)||4 strokes|| Bobby Collins, Joe Durant
1 Defeated Alarcon with birdie on seventh extra hole.
Other wins (3)
- 1991 Queensland Open
- 1994 Victorian PGA Championship
- 1999 CVS Charity Classic (with Jeff Sluman; United States – unofficial event)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T20||CUT||CUT||T11||61||T2||T15||T36||T41||CUT||CUT||T51||T65|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||1||4||13||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2007 PGA – 2009 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R64||R16||R64||R64||R32||R32||R64||R64||R16|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||DNP||DNP|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
Note: Appleby is the only golfer to compete in the first 32 WGC events.
- World Cup (representing Australia): 1996, 2003, 2009
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Australia): 1997, 1998
- Presidents Cup (International Team): 1998 (winners), 2000, 2003 (tie), 2005, 2007
- 1995 Nike Tour graduates
- 1996 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- "About Stuart". Stuart Appleby's official site. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Appleby ends 4-year drought with 59". ESPN. Associated Press. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Appleby named 2010 Tour Comeback Player of the Year". PGA Tour. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "Stuart Appleby devastated by wife's death". Golf Today. Reuters. 24 July 1998. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- Merrill, Elizabeth (16 June 2009). "In his father's footsteps". ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
- "Week 10 Approach Shots: CA Championship". PGA Tour. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2013.