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Kevin John Sutherland (born July 4, 1964) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

Kevin Sutherland
Personal information
Full nameKevin John Sutherland
Born (1964-07-04) July 4, 1964 (age 55)
Sacramento, California
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSacramento, California
Career
CollegeFresno State University
Turned professional1987
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Highest ranking32 (February 24, 2002)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
PGA Tour Champions3
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT33: 2003
PGA ChampionshipT9: 2007
U.S. OpenT28: 2003
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2001

Sutherland was born in Sacramento, California and graduated from Christian Brothers High School. He attended Fresno State University and made the golf team as a walk-on freshman. Teased by his teammates for his unorthodox swing and unusual grip, he silenced his peers as he gained All-American status twice in his four years at Fresno State and became the most successful player ever to have spent time there. His younger brother David also attended Fresno while Kevin was there and followed in his brother's footsteps as an All-American golfer.

As a professional, Sutherland qualified for the PGA Tour in 1992. He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2002 in his 184th start. It was his only PGA Tour win in 447 starts. He had an exceptional 2008 season that included 6 top ten finishes, including playoff losses to Vijay Singh at the 2008 Barclays and Cameron Beckman at the 2008 Frys.com Open. This runner-up finish vaulted Sutherland well inside the top thirty on the 2008 PGA Tour money list, and secured him a spot in the 2009 Masters Tournament.

He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings, peaking at 32nd in 2002. Back and neck injuries forced Sutherland to limit his PGA Tour career in 2011 and 2012. Sutherland returned to playing full-time in 2013. He fell short of satisfying his medical extension, but earned enough to remain on the PGA Tour with conditional status for the remainder of 2013.

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Sutherland became the first person on the Champions Tour to shoot a 59, going −13 on the par-72 course.[2]

On November 12, 2017, Sutherland earned his first PGA Tour Champions win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and overcame the seven wins of Bernhard Langer to win the Charles Schwab Cup.[3]

On April 1, 2019, Sutherland won his second PGA Tour Champions tournament at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Mississippi. Sutherland won in a seven hole playoff over Scott Parel. The playoff was held over two days because play had to be suspended on Sunday March 31, 2019 due to darkness.[4] Sutherland and Parel faced off in a playoff again in June at the Principal Charity Classic with Sutherland winning on the second extra hole.[5]

Professional wins (5)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

Legend
World Golf Championships (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jan 15, 2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 1 up   Scott McCarron

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1997 Shell Houston Open   Phil Blackmar Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2008 The Barclays   Sergio García,   Vijay Singh Singh won with birdie on second extra hole
Sutherland eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2008 Frys.com Open   Cameron Beckman Lost to par on second extra hole

PGA Tour Champions wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 12, 2017 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −15 (69-63-66=198) 1 stroke   Vijay Singh
2 Apr 1, 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic −7 (65-69-75=209) Playoff   Scott Parel
3 Jun 2, 2019 Principal Charity Classic −17 (72-65-62=199) Playoff   Scott Parel

PGA Tour Champions playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2015 Regions Tradition   Jeff Maggert Maggert won with par on first extra hole
2 2016 Boeing Classic   Bernhard Langer,   Woody Austin Langer won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2019 Rapiscan Systems Classic   Scott Parel Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
4 2019 Principal Charity Classic   Scott Parel Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (1)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T76 T44 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT T33 T46
U.S. Open T44 T37 T28 CUT T58 T33
The Open Championship T9 CUT T60
PGA Championship CUT CUT T43 T18 CUT 77 T9 T63 T32
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T67 CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT
  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 0 0 0 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 13 8
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 3 29 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2005 PGA – 2009 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
2002 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 1-up n/a   Scott McCarron

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 1 R16 R64
CA Championship NT1 T27 T61
Bridgestone Invitational T58
HSBC Champions

1Canceled due to 9/11

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Senior majorsEdit

Results are not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
The Tradition 2 T17 T13 12
Senior PGA Championship T13 T19 T17 T10
U.S. Senior Open T38 T7 T6 T29 T8
Senior Players Championship T10 T13 T9 T17
Senior British Open Championship T19 T12 T24
  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" indicates a tie for a place

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 8 2002 Ending 24 Feb 2002" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kevin Sutherland sinks 12 birdies". ESPN. Associated Press. August 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Kevin Sutherland wins Champions finale, season title". ESPN. Associated Press. November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sutherland finally makes birdie to win playoff". National Post. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sutherland rallies, outlasts Parel on senior tour". ESPN. Associated Press. June 2, 2019.

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