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SBC Senior Open
CHI2999061101 - 11 JUNE 2000 - LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS, USA: Tom Kite celebrates a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to win the SBC Senior Open June 11 at Kimper Lakes golf course. Kite, a PGA Tour rookie, won his second tournament with a score of 9 under par. Kite fired a 68 final round to beat Bruce Fleisher by two shots. jr/raf/Ray Foli UPI.
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Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr. (born December 9, 1949) is an American professional golfer and golf course architect. He spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1989 and 1994.

Kite was born in McKinney, Texas. He began playing golf at age six, and won his first tournament at age 11. Kite attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship and was coached by Harvey Penick. He turned professional in 1972 and has been a consistent money winner ever since. Known for his innovation, he was the first to add a third wedge to his bag, one of the first players to use a sports psychologist, and one of the first to emphasize physical fitness for game improvement.

He has 19 PGA Tour victories, including the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He competed on seven Ryder Cup squads (1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993) and served as the 1997 captain. Kite holds a unique record of making the cut for the first four U.S. Opens held at Pebble Beach: 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2000. Kite also holds the distinction of playing in the most Masters Tournaments without a win.

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