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David Laurence Frost (born 11 September 1959) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour Champions. He has previously played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Frost has thirty professional tournament wins to his name, spread across four continents.

David Frost
Personal information
Full nameDavid Laurence Frost
NicknameFrosty
Born (1959-09-11) 11 September 1959 (age 59)
Cape Town, South Africa
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb; 14.5 st)
Nationality South Africa
ResidencePaarl, South Africa
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
ChildrenSean, Noelle
Career
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Sunshine Tour
European Senior Tour
Professional wins29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour10
European Tour2
Japan Golf Tour1
Sunshine Tour5
PGA Tour Champions6
European Senior Tour2
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 1995
PGA ChampionshipT10: 1987
U.S. OpenT15: 1986
The Open Championship6th: 1987
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
1998/99
Byron Nelson Award1987

Frost was born in Cape Town, South Africa and matriculated at Paarl Boys' High School in 1977. He turned professional in 1981. He used to be a cigarette salesman. He scored his first professional win in his home country in 1983 and has continued to play in South Africa in the northern winter, but like other leading South African golfers he has spent far more time playing internationally. In line with many other Commonwealth golfers his first move abroad was to the European Tour and he played that tour from 1982 to 1984.

From 1985 he was primarily on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, where he went on to win ten tournaments, the most prestigious of which was the 1989 NEC World Series of Golf which he won by defeating Ben Crenshaw at the second playoff hole. He made the top ten on the PGA Tour money list twice, placing 9th in 1988 and 5th in 1993 and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 86 weeks between 1988 and 1994.[1] By his forties, he was no longer a regular contender on the tour, but in 2005 he set the all time PGA Tour 72-hole putting record with 92 putts at the MCI Heritage while finishing only tied 38th.

Since 2007 Frost has re-established his career on the European Tour.

In June 2013, Frost won his maiden senior major championship at the 2013 Regions Tradition. He won by a single stroke over Fred Couples to claim his first major title in his 17th attempt. It was also his fifth career victory on the Champions Tour. In March 2015, Frost won his sixth Champions Tour title at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by a single stroke over Tom Lehman and Kevin Sutherland.

Frost won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1998/99. He was a member of the International Team in the first staging of the Presidents Cup in 1994, and took part again in 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he captained South Africa to victory in the Alfred Dunhill Cup in Scotland. His teammates were Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

The son of a vintner himself, Frost owns a winery in the Western Cape which produces vintages named after golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

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Professional wins (29)Edit

PGA Tour wins (10)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 2 Oct 1988 Southern Open −10 (70-68-65-67=270) Playoff   Bob Tway
2 6 Nov 1988 Northern Telecom Tucson Open −22 (66-66-67-67=266) 5 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia,   Mark O'Meara
3 27 Aug 1989 NEC World Series of Golf −4 (70-68-69-69=276) Playoff   Ben Crenshaw
4 29 Apr 1990 USF&G Classic −12 (71-70-66-69=276) 1 stroke   Greg Norman
5 28 Jun 1992 Buick Classic −16 (67-68-67-66=268) 8 strokes   Duffy Waldorf
6 20 Sep 1992 Hardee's Golf Classic −14 (62-68-64-72=266) 3 strokes   Tom Lehman,   Loren Roberts
7 12 Sep 1993 Canadian Open −9 (72-70-69-68=279) 1 stroke   Fred Couples
8 19 Sep 1993 Hardee's Golf Classic −21 (68-63-64-64=259) 7 strokes   Payne Stewart,   D. A. Weibring
9 26 Jun 1994 Canon Greater Hartford Open −12 (65-68-66-69=268) 1 stroke   Greg Norman
10 25 May 1997 MasterCard Colonial −15 (66-63-69-67=265) 2 strokes   Brad Faxon,   David Ogrin

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Western Open   Fred Couples,   Tom Kite,   Nick Price Kite won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic   Seve Ballesteros,   Ken Green,   Greg Norman Ballesteros won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1988 Southern Open   Bob Tway Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1989 NEC World Series of Golf   Ben Crenshaw Won with par on second extra hole
5 1995 MCI Classic   Nolan Henke,   Bob Tway Tway won with par on second extra hole
Frost eliminated with par on first hole

Sunshine Tour wins (5)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 21 Oct 1984 Compagnie de Chauffe Cannes Open −8 (72-72-68-68=280) 2 strokes   Gordon Brand, Jnr,   John Morgan
2 24 Jan 1999 Mercedes-Benz - Vodacom South African Open
(co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour)
−5 (69-69-73-68=279) 1 stroke   Scott Dunlap,   Jeev Milkha Singh

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1997 Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship   Nick Price Lost to par on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 22 Nov 1992 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −11 (72-69-69-67=277) Playoff   Kiyoshi Murota

Other wins (4)Edit

Champions Tour wins (6)Edit

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Aug 2010 3M Championship −25 (64-66-61=191) 7 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
2 22 Apr 2012 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Michael Allen)
−29 (62-63-62=187) 1 stroke   John Cook &   Joey Sindelar
3 28 Oct 2012 AT&T Championship −8 (71-71-66=208) Playoff   Bernhard Langer
4 17 Mar 2013 Toshiba Classic −19 (63-66-65=194) 5 strokes   Fred Couples
5 9 Jun 2013 Regions Tradition −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke   Fred Couples
6 29 Mar 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic −10 (68-70-68=206) 1 stroke   Tom Lehman,   Kevin Sutherland

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Senior PGA Championship   Fred Couples,   Tom Lehman Lehman won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2012 AT&T Championship   Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai   John Cook Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Senior Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Dec 2010 Mauritius Commercial Bank Open −13 (70-64-69=203) Playoff   Roger Chapman
2 9 Dec 2012 MCB Tour Championship −11 (64-67-74=205) 1 stroke   Peter Fowler,   Barry Lane

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T45 8 T18
U.S. Open T23 T15 T17 CUT T18
The Open Championship CUT T47 T25 CUT 6 T7 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T21 T10 CUT T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T32 CUT T35 T5 T10 37 T26
U.S. Open T33 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T24 T51 T31 T41 CUT T44 T7
PGA Championship T31 T48 T73 CUT T25 T67 CUT CUT T56 T21
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship T55 CUT T15 CUT T51
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 4 11 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 4 14 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 3 5 21 13
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 15 10
Totals 0 0 0 1 7 17 61 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1986 PGA – 1988 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1987 Open Championship – 1988 Masters)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
The Players Championship T48 T15 T3 T8 CUT T41 CUT CUT CUT T37 T17 WD T42 T52 T57 75 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2013 Regions Tradition 1 shot lead −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke   Fred Couples

Senior results timelineEdit

Results are not in chronological order prior to 2017.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition T21 11 T18 1 T25 T34 T17 T34 67 T22
Senior PGA Championship T2 T22 T4 T5 T58 T7 CUT T18 T12
U.S. Senior Open 62 DQ WD T20 T3 T33 T9 T18 T24
Senior Players Championship T24 T25 T55 T28 T27 T15 T59 T13 T35 T59 T54
Senior British Open Championship T14 6 T15 T3 T21 T67 T14 13 T64
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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