Chris DiMarco

    Chris DiMarco

    Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

    Weight: 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)

    Birthday: August 23, 1968

    College: University of Florida

    Year turned pro: 1990

    Birthplace: Huntington, New York, USA

    Country: USA

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    Although DiMarco was born in New York, he moved to Florida with his family when he was seven years old. While living there he attended Lake Brantley High School, where he not only played golf but also met his future wife. It wasn’t surprising that DiMarco entered the world of sports, as his father played basketball while at college, and both of his older brothers were athletes. His nephew, Patrick DiMarco, is a player in the NFL.  

    DiMarco played for coach Buddy Alexander's Florida Gators men's golf team while he studied at the University of Florida. He was All-American in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Having had a successful college golf career, DiMarco was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. 

    After turning professional in 1990, DiMarco led the money rankings on the Canadian Tour in 1992. The following year he earned his PGA Tour card by finishing in 9th place on the Nike Tour. He was not a regular on the PGA Tour, however, and he didn’t achieve his first PGA Tour win until 2000, at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic. The following year, he achieved a second win on the PGA Tour, at the 2001 Buick Challenge. A third victory on the Tour came in 2002, at the Phoenix Open. In 2005, DiMarco finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at The Masters, at which point he moved into the Top 10 of the World Rankings. During the period 2002 to 2006, DiMarco enjoyed fair amount of success. At one point he rose as high as 6th in the World Rankings. He also represented the US in the Presidents Cup in 2003 and 2005, and in the Ryder Cup in 2004 and 2006. 

    Despite an ongoing shoulder injury, DiMarco still managed to win $950,000 in less than six months in 2007. He hasn’t played a full PGA Tour until 2012. 

    Away from the course, DiMarco is married to Amy whom he met while at school, and accompanied to their high school prom. The couple has a son and two daughters. Each year DiMarco plays host to a charity golf tournament which takes place at the Country Club of Heathrow in Heathrow, Florida. The tournament has the name “Norma DiMarco Tee Up For Life Golf Tournament,” after DiMarco’s mother who died in 2006, from cancer. The professionals and celebrities who take part raise funds for R.O.C.K (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids).

    As of the end of 2014, DiMarco had achieved three wins on the PGA Tour, amassing prize money of $22,656,443.