Curtis Northrup Strange (born January 30, 1955) is an American professional golfer and TV color commentator. He is the winner of consecutive U.S. Open titles and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He spent over 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between their debut in 1986 and 1990.
|Full name||Curtis Northrup Strange|
|Born||January 30, 1955|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|College||Wake Forest University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||3|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T2: 1985|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1988, 1989|
|The Open Championship||T13: 1988|
|PGA Championship||T2: 1989|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2007 (member page)|
leading money winner
|1985, 1987, 1988|
|PGA Player of the Year||1988|
Early years through collegeEdit
Strange and his identical twin brother, Allan, were born in Norfolk, Virginia. His father, a local country club owner, started him in golf at age 7. Strange graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, then enrolled at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He played golf for the Demon Deacons and was part of the NCAA Championship team with Jay Haas and Bob Byman that Golf World has labeled "the greatest of all time".
PGA Tour careerEdit
Strange was one of the leading players on the PGA Tour in the 1980s; 16 of his 17 tour victories took place in that decade. He topped the money list in 1985, 1987, and 1988, when he became the first to win a million dollars in official money in a season. His two majors were consecutive U.S. Opens in 1988 and 1989. Since World War II, only three golfers have successfully defended their titles at the U.S. Open; Brooks Koepka in 2018, Strange in 1989,and Ben Hogan in 1951.
The 1989 U.S. Open was Strange's last win on tour. In other majors, he led midway through the final round at The Masters in 1985, but finished two strokes back. Strange was also a runner-up at the PGA Championship in 1989, one stroke back. He played on five Ryder Cup teams (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1995) and captained the team in 2002.
Despite skipping the British Open several times in his prime, Strange played a considerable amount of international tournaments. He won the 1986 ABC Japan-U.S. Match, an event on the Japan Golf Tour that included many American pros. He also played extensively and excellently on the Australasian Tour. He won three events in Australia in the late '80s and early '90s and recorded runner-up finishes at the 1976 Australian Open, 1977 Colgate Champion of Champions, 1986 Air New Zealand Shell Open, and the 1990 Daikyo Palm Meadows Cup.
Later career and honorsEdit
After reaching the age of 50 in January 2005, Strange began play on the Champions Tour, remarking, "I was getting worse and said, 'To hell with it.'" His only top-five finishes came that first season; third place at the Constellation Energy Classic and a tie for fifth at the FedEx Kinko's Classic.
In 1997, he was hired as the lead golf analyst for ESPN/ABC, working alongside host Mike Tirico. He left due to a contract dispute before the 2004 U.S. Open, but rejoined ESPN/ABC at the 2008 U.S. Open, four years after he first left. In 2016, he was hired by Fox as a course reporter for their USGA championships.
In this capacity he has provided commentary for several notable events, including Tiger Woods' playoff win at the 1997 Mercedes Championships, David Duval's final round of 59 at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Jean van de Velde's collapse at the 1999 Open Championship, Woods achieving the career grand slam at the 2000 Open Championship, Peter Jacobsen becoming one of the oldest Tour winners at age 49 during the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, Woods' winning performance with a torn ACL and a broken leg at the U.S. Open in 2008 (early rounds), Tom Watson nearly winning The Open Championship at age 59 in 2009, and Phil Mickelson's final nine charge to win in 2013.
In May 2009, he was named to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors athletes, coaches and administrators who contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia.
Amateur wins (5)Edit
Professional wins (28)Edit
PGA Tour wins (17)Edit
|Major championships (2)|
|Tour Championship (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Oct 21, 1979||Pensacola Open||69-71-62-69=271||−17||1 stroke||Billy Kratzert|
|2||May 4, 1980||Michelob-Houston Open||66-63-66-71=266||−18||Playoff||Lee Trevino|
|3||Aug 17, 1980||Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic||69-65-70-69=273||−11||2 strokes||Gibby Gilbert|
|4||Aug 21, 1983||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||69-62-69-68=268||−16||1 stroke||Jay Haas, Jack Renner|
|5||Sep 30, 1984||LaJet Golf Classic||68-67-67-71=273||−15||2 strokes||Mark O'Meara|
|6||Mar 3, 1985||Honda Classic||67-64-70-74=275||−13||Playoff||Peter Jacobsen|
|7||Mar 24, 1985||Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational||69-73-64-66-66=338||−17||1 stroke||Mike Smith|
|8||Jul 7, 1985||Canadian Open||69-69-68-73=279||−9||2 strokes||Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman|
|9||Apr 27, 1986||Houston Open (2)||72-68-68-66=274||−14||Playoff||Calvin Peete|
|10||Jul 5, 1987||Canadian Open (2)||71-70-66-69=276||−12||3 strokes|| David Frost, Jodie Mudd,|
|11||Aug 2, 1987||Federal Express St. Jude Classic||70-68-68-69=275||−13||1 stroke|| Russ Cochran, Mike Donald,|
Tom Kite, Denis Watson
|12||Aug 30, 1987||NEC World Series of Golf||70-66-68-71=275||−5||3 strokes||Fulton Allem|
|13||May 1, 1988||Independent Insurance Agent Open||69-68-66-67=270||−18||Playoff||Greg Norman|
|14||May 29, 1988||Memorial Tournament||73-70-64-67=274||−14||2 strokes||David Frost, Hale Irwin|
|15||Jun 20, 1988||U.S. Open||70-67-69-72=278||−6||Playoff||Nick Faldo|
|16||Nov 14, 1988||Nabisco Championship||64-71-70-74=279||−9||Playoff||Tom Kite|
|17||Jun 18, 1989||U.S. Open (2)||71-64-73-70=278||−2||1 stroke|| Chip Beck, Mark McCumber,|
PGA Tour playoff record (6–3)
|1||1980||Michelob-Houston Open||Lee Trevino||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1981||Tournament Players Championship||Raymond Floyd, Barry Jaeckel||Floyd won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1983||Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open||Gil Morgan, Lanny Wadkins||Morgan won with birdie on second extra hole|
|4||1985||Honda Classic||Peter Jacobsen||Won with par on first extra hole|
|5||1986||Houston Open||Calvin Peete||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|6||1988||Independent Insurance Agent Open||Greg Norman||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|7||1988||U.S. Open||Nick Faldo||Won 18-hole playoff (Strange:71, Faldo:75)|
|8||1988||Nabisco Championship||Tom Kite||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|9||1991||Doral-Ryder Open||Rocco Mediate||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (1)Edit
- 1986 ABC Japan-U.S. Match
Australasian Tour wins (3)Edit
Other wins (7)Edit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1988||U.S. Open||1 shot lead||−6 (70-67-69-72=278)||Playoff1||Nick Faldo|
|1989||U.S. Open (2)||3 shot deficit||−2 (71-64-73-70=278)||1 stroke||Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, Ian Woosnam|
1Defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff – Strange 71 (E), Faldo 75 (+4).
|Masters Tournament||CUT||T15 LA||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T15||T29||T14||T13||T61|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T38||CUT||CUT||T72||T44||T19|
|The Open Championship|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||4||13||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (1987 Masters – 1990 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Ryder Cup: 1983 (winners), 1985, 1987, 1989 (tied), 1995, 2002 (non-playing captain)
- Dunhill Cup: 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989 (winners), 1990, 1991, 1994
- Four Tours World Championship: 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1988 (winners), 1989 (winners)
- UBS Cup: 2001 (winners), 2002 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2004 (winners)
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "PGA Tour Media Guide – Curtis Strange". Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "PGA Tour Profile – Curtis Strange". Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- Yocom, Guy (February 2005). "My Shot: Curtis Strange". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005.
- Yocom, Peter (July 7, 2007). "My Shot: Curtis Strange". Golf Digest. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0.
- "Fox Sports Signs Curtis Strange". Golf.com.
- "6 fascinating stories from Ping's Gold Putter Vault". PGA Tour. January 10, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.