Paul Francis Stankowski (born December 2, 1969) is an American professional golfer who has played on both the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour.

Paul Stankowski
Personal information
Full namePaul Francis Stankowski
Born (1969-12-02) December 2, 1969 (age 50)
Oxnard, California
Nationality United States
ResidenceFlower Mound, Texas
Turned professional1991
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Nationwide Tour
Professional wins7
Highest ranking25 (September 7, 1997)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Japan Golf Tour1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 1997
PGA ChampionshipT41: 2000
U.S. OpenT19: 1997
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1997

Stankowski was born in Oxnard, California. He first played golf on Easter Sunday in 1978 at the age of 8. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and turned pro in 1991.

Stankowski initially played on the Nationwide Tour. His first and only victory in this venue came at the 1996 Nike Louisiana Open. The following week, he played in the BellSouth Classic on the PGA Tour and won, becoming the only golfer in history to win a Nationwide Tour event and a PGA Tour event back-to-back. Stankowski started the week as the sixth alternate. He had another big year in 1997, winning the United Airlines Hawaiian Open. His best finish in a major was T5 at the 1997 Masters Tournament.[2]

In 1998, however, his fortunes began to change due to a host of injury-related ailments. He injured his right shoulder at the Bay Hill Invitational that year and also had LASIK surgery. As a Callaway sponsored player in 1999, he tried to help his game by sneaking Ping clubs into his bag at the Colonial.[3] In 2004, he suffered a major injury to his left wrist and played the two following years under a Major Medical Extension.

Stankowski is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and sponsors the annual Paul Stankowski FCA Golf Scramble in El Paso. He lives in Flower Mound, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Stankowski has made over 400 starts on the PGA Tour, but has not played a PGA Tour event since 2015. With his PGA Tour career winding down and a desire to be closer to his family, he changed his focus to entrepreneurship and radio broadcasting. He is the co-owner of Francis Edward, a leather goods company whose name is derived from the middle names of Stankowski and co-founder Mike Vicary.[4] Stankowski is married and has two children. He says he is done with competitive golf until 2020, when he becomes eligible for PGA Tour Champions.[5] In 2018 and 2019, he took advantage of an exemption reserved for those 48 and 49 years old on the Korn Ferry Tour, playing in a total of six events but not making the cut in any of them.

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 7, 1996 BellSouth Classic −8 (68-71-70-71=280) Playoff   Brandel Chamblee
2 Feb 16, 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open −17 (71-66-64-70=271) Playoff   Jim Furyk,   Mike Reid

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 BellSouth Classic   Brandel Chamblee Won with par on first extra hole
2 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open   Jim Furyk,   Mike Reid Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Reid eliminated with par on first hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)Edit

Nationwide Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Masters Tournament CUT T5 T39
U.S. Open CUT T19 CUT T62
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T47 T67 CUT T41 74
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 36 1997 Ending 7 Sep 1997" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Paul Stankowski". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Stankowski caught with wrong clubs in his bag". Brownsville Herald. May 26, 1999. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Francis Edward, Stankowski's belt company".
  5. ^ Strege, John (January 31, 2014). "Paul Stankowski trades tour golf for business". Golf Digest.

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