Born: March 22, 1976
Birthplace: Liverpool, Australia
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Turned Pro: 2000
Sponsors: Taylor Made
Scott Gardiner took the long, journeyman’s path to the PGA Tour. That fact alone is impressive, but not unprecedented. What makes Gardiner’s story unique is the fact that he is first indigenous Australian to earn a PGA Tour card. Gardiner’s mother is aboriginal and his father is Scottish. Gardiner was a competitive discus thrower growing up in Australia, but his main focus turned to golf.
Gardiner started his professional career on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2000. He moved up and began playing European Tour events between 2001 and 2003. Beginning in 2005, he decided to move to America to play the Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour full-time.
Gardiner played extremely well on the Nationwide Tour between 2005 and 2012. He logged 25 top-ten finishes during this time and won the 2010 Chattanooga Classic. Finally in 2012, a dozen years after turning pro, he secured his PGA Tour card for the 2013 campaign.
Gardiner struggled in 2013, making just 7 cuts in his 23 tournament starts. He finished 177th on the money-list. Gardiner went back and played in the Web.com Tour finals, finishing 8th and retained his tour card for the 2014 PGA season.
2014 saw little improvement. Gardiner made the cut in 6 of 18 starts and recorded a single top-twenty five finish.
In 2015, Gardiner is back to playing a combination of Nationwide and mini-tour events with an occasional PGA start thrown into the mix.
Gardiner and his family split time between residences in Arkansas and the Gold Coast of Australia.