Kelly Kraft
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1988-10-05) October 5, 1988
Denton, Texas
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas[1]
College Southern Methodist University
Turned professional 2012
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 62nd: 2012
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Kelly Kraft (born October 5, 1988) is a professional golfer from Denton, Texas.

Amateur career

During his final year at Billy Ryan High School, 2006–07, Kraft served as team captain while earning All-District honors.

While attending Southern Methodist University (SMU), he played college golf for the SMU Mustangs.

Kraft won the 2011 Trans-Mississippi Amateur in July. He then won the 2011 U.S. Amateur in August, beating world-number-one Patrick Cantlay in the final, 2 up. The win earned Kraft a spot in the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, and British Open in 2012.[2][3] In September 2011, Kraft played on the 2011 Walker Cup team. In November 2011, Kraft finished as top amateur at the Emirates Australian Open, finishing in a tie for 19th.

Professional career

Kraft turned professional after competing in the 2012 Masters Tournament. In doing so, he forfeited his invitations to the 2012 U.S. Open and 2012 Open Championship.[1] Kraft will be able to play in up to seven tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2012 through sponsor exemptions.

Personal life

In April 2013, Kraft and Tia Gannon were married in Sea Island, Georgia.

Amateur wins

Results in major championships

Tournament 2012
Masters Tournament 62
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

U.S. national team appearances


  1. ^ a b Garrity, John; Stricklin, Art (April 23, 2012). "Pro Move: U.S. Amateur champ Kelly Kraft had a blast at the Masters, but he gave up exemptions to the U.S. and British Opens to make a run at a Tour card, a tactic that could become common".  
  2. ^ "Kelly Kraft beats Patrick Cantlay to win U.S. Amateur golf title".  
  3. ^ Kelly Kraft captures U.S. Amateur Championship earning Open and Walker Cup spots
  4. ^ a b "US Walker Cup Team 2011". The R&A. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

External links

  • Profile on Southern Methodist's official athletic site

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