David Eger

David Benjamin Eger (born March 17, 1952) is an American professional golfer on the Champions Tour.

David Eger
Personal information
Full nameDavid Benjamin Eger
Born (1952-03-17) March 17, 1952 (age 69)
Fort Meade, Maryland
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina[1]
SpouseTricia Santillo Eger
CollegeUniversity of North Carolina
East Tennessee State
Turned professional1978
(reinstated amateur)
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour Champions4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1989
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1978
U.S. OpenCUT: 1998
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Eger was born in Fort Meade, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina, and later East Tennessee State University. He turned professional in 1978, but won only $31,014 in 58 PGA Tour events, with only one top-10 finish.

In 1982, he went to work as a golf administrator and regained his amateur status.[2] He served as Director of Tournament Administration for the PGA Tour from 1982–92; Senior Director of Rules and Competition for the USGA from 1992–95; and as Vice-President of Competition for the PGA Tour from 1995-96.[3]

As a golf administrator, Eger kept his skills intact by playing competitively as an amateur, winning the 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the North and South Amateur in 1991. He was also a three-time Walker Cup team member and two-time semi-finalist in the U.S. Amateur.[2]

Eger turned professional for the second time in 2001. He earned a spot on the Champions Tour through qualifying school[2] after preparing with the help of golf instructor David Leadbetter.[3] He has four victories on the tour.[2] Eger won the 2003 MasterCard Classic — the first Champions Tour event ever held in Mexico, and a winner's prize of $300,000.[3] He won his second title in 2005 by shooting a final-round 67 in the inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic, winning $240,000. His 54-hole score of 199 was 17 under par, three strokes ahead of Tom Kite.[2]

Eger won the Champions Tour Player of the Month award in March 2003. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Tricia. He has two children, Dottie (1982) and Michael (1984).

Eger was the individual who alerted rules officials of Tiger Woods's illegal drop during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament.[4]

Amateur wins (5)Edit

Professional wins (4)Edit

Champions Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Mar 9, 2003 MasterCard Classic −12 (69-70-65=204) 1 stroke   Eamonn Darcy,   Hale Irwin,
  Tom Jenkins,   Bruce Lietzke
2 Aug 21, 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic −17 (68-64-67=199) 3 strokes   Tom Kite
3 May 2, 2010 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic −8 (68-68-69=205) 1 stroke   Tommy Armour III
4 Apr 24, 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with   Mark McNulty)
−27 (64-64-61=189) Playoff   Scott Hoch and   Kenny Perry

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2007 Boeing Classic   R. W. Eaks,   Gil Morgan,
  Naomichi Ozaki,   Dana Quigley,
  Craig Stadler,   Denis Watson
Watson won with eagle on second extra hole
Eger, Morgan, Ozaki and Quigley eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with   Mark McNulty)
  Scott Hoch and   Kenny Perry Won with par on second extra hole
3 2011 Senior PGA Championship   Tom Watson Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open
PGA Championship CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
PGA Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
Note: Eger never played in The Open Championship.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Charlottean David Eger spotted Tiger Woods illegal drop on TV". Archived from the original on July 22, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "David Eger wins by three - Boeing Greater Seattle Classic 2005". golftoday.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Biographical information from PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on May 7, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Bacon, Shane (May 1, 2013). "The guy that ended up penalizing Tiger Woods at the Masters was a Champions Tour player". Yahoo! Sports.

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