Chris Smith

    Chris Smith

    Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

    Weight: 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)

    Birthday: April 15, 1969

    College: Ohio State University

    Year turned pro: 1991

    Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Country: USA

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    Born in Indianapolis in 1969, Smith went on to study at Ohio State University, where he had a successful golf career. He won a total of seven individual titles, and many other accolades, including being awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1988 and Player of the Year in 1990. Twice All-American during his time at college, Smith also won the Indiana State Amateur Championship in 1990. As a result of all his successes while at college Smith was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2000.

    Smith benefited from the “battlefield promotion” on the Nike Tour (now the Tour), in 1997. This meant that he moved to the PGA Tour as a result of winning three tour events that season. It was a good season for Smith, who finished top of the money list on the Nike Tour, and was named player of the year.
    Despite this initial success, Smith struggled on the PGA Tour, winning only one tournament, the Buick Classic in 2002. He last played a full PGA Tour season in 2005. In 2015, Smith achieved his first PGA Tour Top 10 finish in ten years, at the Puerto Rico Open.

    Away from the course, Smith experienced tragedy when his wife was killed in a car accident, during which his children were also critically injured.

    As of the end of 2014, Smith had achieved one win on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $4,796,281.