Stephen John Elkington (born 8 December 1962) is an Australian professional golfer on the PGA Tour Champions. Formerly on the PGA Tour, he spent more than fifty weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 1995 to 1998. Elkington won a major title at the PGA Championship in 1995, and is a two-time winner of The Players Championship.
Elkington in 2008
|Full name||Stephen John Elkington|
|Born||8 December 1962|
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)|
|Residence||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|College||University of Houston|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (1987–2011)|
|Highest ranking||3 (20 April 1997)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1993|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1995|
|U.S. Open||T21: 1989, 1990|
|The Open Championship||T2: 2002|
|Achievements and awards|
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Television
- 5 Personal
- 6 Professional wins (17)
- 7 Major championships
- 8 The Players Championship
- 9 Team appearances
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Born in Inverell, New South Wales, Elkington grew up in Wagga Wagga. He moved to the United States to attend college in Texas at the University of Houston, where he played on the Cougar golf team that won national titles in 1982, 1984, and 1985. Elkington was the first prominent Australian to play college golf in the U.S., and turned professional in 1985.
Elkington was the runner-up at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in December 1986 to earn his tour card for 1987. He had ten victories on the PGA Tour, all in the 1990s, and won four events twice. Elkington had ten top-10 finishes in major championships, with the best results at the PGA Championship; he won in 1995 at Riviera, and a tied for second in 2005 at Baltusrol, behind winner Phil Mickelson, which moved him back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's marquee event, with victories in 1991 and 1997. Of the five to win twice at TPC Sawgrass, his span of six years between wins is the shortest.
Elkington was a participant in the first four editions of the Presidents Cup, on the International Team in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. In 1995, he was awarded the Vardon Trophy; this award is given annually by the PGA of America to the tour player with the lowest scoring average.
Elkington's career has been hampered by constant battles with allergies, notably to grass, which caused several absences from tournament play. He has had sinus surgeries, constant infections, and bouts with viral meningitis, as well as searing headaches.
In June 2006, playing in a sectional to qualify for the U.S. Open, Elkington tried to wear shoes with metal spikes. When his attempt was rebuffed, he left rather than change to soft-spiked shoes, and argued that since spiked shoes were allowed in the U.S. Open, the following week, that they should be allowed at sectional events.
In December 2013, Elkington was widely condemned for remarks he made on Twitter following a fatal helicopter crash in Glasgow's Clutha pub. He wrote: "Helicopter crashes into Scottish pub... Locals report no beer was spilled." The tweet was quickly deleted but not before being shared by users of the social networking site. The comment provoked a furious backlash from his fellow players and commentators alike.
Two months later in February 2014, Elkington tweeted that openly gay football player Michael Sam was "leading the handbag throw" at the NFL Combine, which multiple sources described as homophobic. He was suspended by the PGA Tour for two weeks and fined $10,000 after his tweet.
In 2014, RFD-TV began airing The Rural Golfer, starring Elkington. The production followed Elkington as he toured the United States, digging up golf stories. In 2015, CBS Sports Network began airing the second season of the show, retitled Secret Golf with Steve Elkington.
Elkington met his wife, Lisa, while at the University of Houston, and they have two children. The family has residences in both Australia and the U.S., at Sydney and Houston. His son Sam played golf on his high school team in Houston, and in 2015-2016 was a freshman on the golf team at the University of Houston.
Professional wins (17)Edit
PGA Tour wins (10)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|Players Championships (2)|
|Other PGA Tour (7)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||22 Apr 1990||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||74-71-71-66=282||−6||2 strokes||Mike Reid, Jeff Sluman|
|2||31 Mar 1991||The Players Championship||66-70-72-68=276||−12||1 stroke||Fuzzy Zoeller|
|3||12 Jan 1992||Infiniti Tournament of Champions||69-71-67-72=279||−9||Playoff||Brad Faxon|
|4||2 Oct 1994||Buick Southern Open||66-66-68=200||−16||5 strokes||Steve Rintoul|
|5||8 Jan 1995||Mercedes Championships (2)||69-71-71-67=278||−10||Playoff||Bruce Lietzke|
|6||13 Aug 1995||PGA Championship||68-67-68-64=267||−17||Playoff||Colin Montgomerie|
|7||9 Mar 1997||Doral-Ryder Open||70-66-70-69=275||−13||2 strokes||Larry Nelson, Nick Price|
|8||30 Mar 1997||The Players Championship (2)||66-69-68-69=272||−16||7 strokes||Scott Hoch|
|9||4 Oct 1998||Buick Challenge (2)||66-70-66-65=267||−21||Playoff||Fred Funk|
|10||7 Mar 1999||Doral-Ryder Open (2)||72-70-69-64=275||−13||1 stroke||Greg Kraft|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–4)
|1||1992||Infiniti Tournament of Champions||Brad Faxon||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1992||Buick Open||Brad Faxon, Dan Forsman||Forsman won with par on second extra hole|
Faxon eliminated with par on first hole
|3||1992||H.E.B. Texas Open||Nick Price||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|4||1993||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||Rocco Mediate||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|5||1995||Mercedes Championships||Bruce Lietzke||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|6||1995||PGA Championship||Colin Montgomerie||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|7||1998||Buick Challenge||Fred Funk||Won with par on first extra hole|
|8||2002||The Open Championship|| Stuart Appleby, Ernie Els,
|Els beat Levet on first sudden-death hole,|
after Appleby and Elkington were eliminated from a four-hole playoff
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit
- 1992 Australian Open
Asian Tour wins (1)Edit
- 1996 Honda Invitational
Other wins (5)Edit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1995||PGA Championship||6 shot deficit||−17 (68-67-68-64=267)||Playoff1||Colin Montgomerie|
1 Defeated Montgomerie with birdie on first extra hole.
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||T34||T48||T67||T6||CUT||CUT||WD||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T60||CUT||T2||WD||CUT|
CUT = missed the half way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||2||2||15||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)
The Players ChampionshipEdit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1991||The Players Championship||4 shot deficit||−12 (66-70-72-68=276)||1 stroke||Fuzzy Zoeller|
|1997||The Players Championship||2 shot lead||−16 (66-69-68-69=272)||7 strokes||Scott Hoch|
|The Players Championship||CUT||T54||CUT||T16||1||CUT||T16||T51||WD||T19||1||T38||T63||CUT||T26||T6||T12||T32||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
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