When's the last time an amateur won a PGA Tour tournament?
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When’s the last time an amateur won a PGA Tour tournament?


Canadian Jared du Toit is looking to become the first Canadian-born player since 1954 to win the RBC Canadian Open, but he's also looking to become the first amateur to win on the PGA Tour in more than 25 years.

The last amateur to win on the PGA Tour is Phil Mickelson, who won the Nothern Telecom Open on Jan. 13, 1991, in Tucson, Ariz., by a shot over Tom Purtzer and Bob Tway. Mickelson was still a student at Arizona State University at the time. He then turned pro later.

Before Mickelson, the last of the seven amateurs to win on the PGA Tour is Scott Verplank, who won the 1985 Western Open. Doug Sanders won the 1956 Canadian Open as an amateur, while Gene Littler won the 1954 San Diego Open as part of the unpaid set.

The last amateur to finish inside the top five on the PGA Tour is Lee McCoy, who finished fourth in the 2016 Valspar Championship.

Amateurs to win on the PGA Tour

  • Frank Stranahan, 1945 Durham War Bond Tournament
  • Fred Haas, 1945 Memphis Invitational
  • Cary Middlecoff, 1945 North and South Open
  • Frank Stranahan, 1948 Miami Open
  • Gene Littler, 1954 San Diego Open
  • Doug Sanders, 1956 Canadian Open
  • Scott Verplank, 1985 Western Open
  • Phil Mickelson, 1991 Northern Telecom Open

The last amateur to win on the European Tour is Shane Lowry, who won the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur. Danny Lee won as an amateur earlier in the season in the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. Pablo Martin was the first amateur to win on the European Tour, taking the 2007 Estoril Portuguese Open.

The last amateur to win on the LPGA Tour is Lydia Ko, who won the Canadian Women's Open (now called the Canada Pacific Women's Open) in back-to-back years in 2012 and '13 at the ages of 15 and 16.


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