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David Frost (golfer)

David Frost
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name David Laurence Frost
Nickname Frosty
Born (1959-09-11) 11 September 1959
Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb; 14.5 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Paarl, South Africa
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Children Sean, Noelle
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Sunshine Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 29
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 10
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 5
Champions Tour 6
European Seniors Tour 2
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T5: 1995
U.S. Open T15: 1986
The Open Championship 6th: 1987
PGA Championship T10: 1987
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
Byron Nelson Award 1987

David Laurence Frost (born 11 September 1959) is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the Champions Tour. He has previously played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Frost has thirty professional tournament wins to his name, spread across four continents.

Frost was born in Cape Town, South Africa and matriculated at Paarl Boys' High School in 1977. He turned professional in 1981. He used to be a cigarette salesman. He scored his first professional win in his home country in 1983 and has continued to play in South Africa in the northern winter, but like other leading South African golfers he has spent far more time playing internationally. In line with many other Commonwealth golfers his first move abroad was to the European Tour and he played that tour from 1982 to 1984.

From 1985 he was primarily on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, where he went on to win ten tournaments, the most prestigious of which was the 1989 NEC World Series of Golf which he won by defeating Ben Crenshaw at the second playoff hole. He made the top ten on the PGA Tour money list twice, placing 9th in 1988 and 5th in 1993 and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 86 weeks between 1988 and 1994.[1] By his forties, he was no longer a regular contender on the tour, but in 2005 he set the all time PGA Tour 72-hole putting record with 92 putts at the MCI Heritage while finishing only tied 38th.

Since 2007 Frost has re-established his career on the European Tour.

In June 2013, Frost won his maiden senior major championship at the 2013 Regions Tradition. He won by a single stroke over Fred Couples to claim his first major title in his 17th attempt. It was also his fifth career victory on the Champions Tour. In March 2015, Frost won his sixth Champions Tour title at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic by a single stroke over Tom Lehman and Kevin Sutherland.

Frost won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1998/99. He was a member of the International Team in the first staging of the Presidents Cup in 1994, and took part again in 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he captained South Africa to victory in the Alfred Dunhill Cup in Scotland. His team mates were Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Frost owns a wine business which produces vintages named after golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.


  • Professional wins (29) 1
    • PGA Tour wins (10) 1.1
    • Sunshine Tour wins (5) 1.2
    • European Tour wins (2) 1.3
    • Japan Golf Tour wins (1) 1.4
    • Other wins (4) 1.5
    • Champions Tour wins (6) 1.6
    • European Seniors Tour wins (2) 1.7
  • Results in major championships 2
    • Summary 2.1
  • Senior major championships 3
    • Wins (1) 3.1
    • Senior results timeline 3.2
  • Team appearances 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Professional wins (29)

PGA Tour wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 2 Oct 1988 Southern Open −10 (70-68-65-67=270) Playoff Bob Tway
2 6 Nov 1988 Northern Telecom Tucson Open −2 (71-69-70-76=286) 5 strokes Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O'Meara
3 27 Aug 1989 NEC World Series of Golf −4 (70-68-69-69=276) Playoff Ben Crenshaw
4 29 Apr 1990 USF&G Classic −12 (71-70-66-69=276) 1 stroke Greg Norman
5 28 Jun 1992 Buick Classic −16 (67-68-67-66=268) 8 strokes Duffy Waldorf
6 20 Sep 1992 Hardee's Golf Classic −14 (62-68-64-72=266) 3 strokes Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts
7 12 Sep 1993 Canadian Open −9 (72-70-69-68=279) 1 stroke Fred Couples
8 19 Sep 1993 Hardee's Golf Classic −21 (68-63-64-64=259) 7 strokes Payne Stewart, D. A. Weibring
9 26 Jun 1994 Canon Greater Hartford Open −12 (65-68-66-69=268) 1 stroke Greg Norman
10 25 May 1997 MasterCard Colonial −15 (66-63-69-67=265) 2 strokes Brad Faxon, David Ogrin
PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Western Open Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Nick Price Kite won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic Seve Ballesteros, Ken Green, Greg Norman Ballesteros won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1988 Southern Open Bob Tway Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1989 NEC World Series of Golf Ben Crenshaw Won with par on second extra hole
5 1995 MCI Heritage Nolan Henke, Bob Tway Tway won with par on second extra hole
Frost eliminated with par on first hole

Sunshine Tour wins (5)

European Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 18 Oct 1984 Compagnie de Chauffe Cannes Open −8 (72-72-68-68=280) 2 strokes John Morgan
2 24 Jan 1999 Mercedes-Benz - Vodacom South African Open
(co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour)
−5 (69-69-73-68=279) 1 stroke Scott Dunlap, Jeev Milkha Singh

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 22 Nov 1992 Dunlop Phoenix −11 (72-69-69-67=277) Playoff Kiyoshi Murota

Other wins (4)

Champions Tour wins (6)

Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 8 Aug 2010 3M Championship −25 (64-66-61=191) 7 strokes Mark Calcavecchia
2 22 Apr 2012 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Michael Allen)
−29 (62-63-62=187) 1 stroke John Cook & Joey Sindelar
3 28 Oct 2012 AT&T Championship −8 (71-71-66=208) Playoff Bernhard Langer
4 17 Mar 2013 Toshiba Classic −19 (63-66-65=194) 5 strokes Fred Couples
5 9 Jun 2013 Regions Tradition −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke Fred Couples
6 29 Mar 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic −10 (68-70-68=206) 1 stroke Tom Lehman, Kevin Sutherland
Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Senior PGA Championship Fred Couples, Tom Lehman Lehman won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2012 AT&T Championship Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai John Cook Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Seniors Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 12 Dec 2011 Mauritius Commercial Bank Open −13 (70-64-69=203) Playoff Roger Chapman
2 9 Dec 2012 MCB Tour Championship −11 (64-67-74=205) 1 stroke Barry Lane, Peter Fowler

Results in major championships

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T45 8 T18
U.S. Open DNP DNP T23 T15 T17 CUT T18
The Open Championship CUT T47 T28 CUT 6 T7 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T21 T10 CUT T27
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT T32 DNP CUT T35 T5 T10 37 T26 DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP T24 T51 T31 T40 CUT T42 T7
PGA Championship T31 T48 T73 CUT T25 T67 CUT CUT T56 T21
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
The Open Championship T55 CUT DNP DNP DNP T15 DNP CUT T51 DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 4 11 9
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 4 14 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 3 5 21 13
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 15 10
Totals 0 0 0 1 7 17 61 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1986 PGA – 1988 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (1987 Open Championship – 1988 Masters)

Senior major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2013 Regions Tradition 1 shot lead −16 (68-70-66-68=272) 1 stroke Fred Couples

Senior results timeline

Results are not be in chronological order prior to 2014.
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
The Tradition DNP T21 11 T18 1 T25 T34
Senior PGA Championship DNP T2 T22 T4 DNP T5 T58
Senior Players Championship T24 T25 T55 T28 T27 T15 T59
U.S. Senior Open DNP 62 DQ WD T20 T3 T33
Senior British Open Championship DNP T14 6 T15 T3 T21 T67

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances

See also


  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking

External links

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