Born: March 2, 1954
Birthplace: Temple, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in
College: University of Houston
Turned Pro: 1976
Keith Fergus was a three-sport athlete who swung his first golf club at the age of 8. Fergus began to focus exclusively on golf and went on to attend the University of Houston where he became a three-time All-American and finished runner-up (to future PGA star Jay Haas) in the 1975 NCAA individual stroke play. Fergus turned pro after college.
In the first half of the 1980’s, Fergus was a consistence presence on PGA leaderboards. Fergus earned his first career PGA victory at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament at Dublin, Ohio in 1981. Fergus won again in both 1982 and 1983, both times in a playoff. He defeated Raymond Floyd on the first hole of sudden death to capture the 1982 Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic. A year later he beat Rex Caldwell to win the Bob Hope Desert Classic.
Fergus played well in the Major championships during this era as well, finishing 3rd at the 1980 U.S. Open and 4th at the 1981 PGA Championship.
In all, Fergus recorded 40 top ten performances during his time on the PGA Tour.
In 1988, struggling with his game, Fergus decided to leave the tour to become the head men’s golf coach at the University of Houston and to spend more time with his family.
Six years later, Fergus decided to return to the professional game. He won twice in 1994 on what is now the Web.com Tour. He would play occasional PGA events and Web.com events until turning 50 in 2004. Fergus began playing the Champions Tour, where he has collected 3 wins.
Fergus resides in Sugar Land, Texas and has begun work in golf course design.