Stuart Appleby

For other people with the same name, see Stewart Appleby (disambiguation).
Stuart Appleby

Appleby at 2005 PGA Championship
Personal information
Born (1971-05-01) 1 May 1971
Cohuna, Victoria, Australia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse Renay Appleby (1995–1998; her death)
Ashley Saleet (m. 2002)
Children 4
Turned professional 1992
Current tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia (joined 1993)
PGA Tour (joined 1996)
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 9
PGA Tour of Australasia 3 Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T7: 2007
U.S. Open T10: 1998
The Open Championship T2: 2002
PGA Championship T4: 2000
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year

Stuart Appleby (born 1 May 1971) is an Australian professional golfer.

Early life

Appleby was born in Cohuna, Victoria, and grew up on a nearby dairy farm. He began in golf by hitting balls from paddock to paddock after his farm chores were completed. As a youth, he played Australian Rules Football.[1]

Professional career

Early career

Appleby turned professional in 1992 and began his career on the PGA Tour of Australasia. In 1995 he won twice on the Nike Tour (now known as the Tour), the second tier men's tour in the U.S. He was the eighth player to win his first Tour start. He qualified to compete on the PGA Tour the following year by finishing the season fifth on the money list.[1]

PGA Tour

Appleby has won nine times on the PGA Tour. He was a member of the International Team in the Presidents Cup four times, and featured in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2004.[2] His best performance in a major championship came in 2002, where he lost in a four-way playoff to Ernie Els at The Open Championship.[3]

In 2010, during the final round of the inaugural Greenbrier Classic, Appleby became the fifth player in history to shoot a 59 in an official PGA Tour event.[4] Appleby won the 2010 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year award.[5]

Appleby was limited to seven starts before back surgery in March 2015. He made a start on the Tour for the first time in 20 years at the Nova Scotia Open, where he finished T36. As a player who qualified for a medical extension, Appleby was allowed entry into the Tour Finals. He did not make a cut during the finals and played the 2015–16 season on a major medical extension. He burned through his medical extension and finished 143rd in the FedEx Cup, leaving him with conditional status for the 2016–17 season.


Appleby's first wife, Renay, was killed in an automobile accident outside London Waterloo station in 1998,[6] shortly after he had missed the cut at The Open Championship.

Appleby married his second wife, Ashley Saleet, in 2002. He lives with Ashley and their four children in Orlando, Florida. After the 1999 plane crash that killed his friend and next-door neighbour Payne Stewart, he has been one of the key father figures for Stewart's children, Chelsea and Aaron.[7] In his spare time, Appleby enjoys motor racing.[1] He is the ambassador for Golf Australia's Crown Lager Social Golf Club and patron for Stuart Appleby Junior Golf.

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (9)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 16 Mar 1997 Honda Classic −14 (68-68-67-71=274) 1 stroke United States Michael Bradley, United States Payne Stewart
2 7 Jun 1998 Kemper Open −10 (70-63-69-72=274) 1 stroke United States Scott Hoch
3 2 May 1999 Shell Houston Open −9 (70-68-70-71=279) 1 stroke United States John Cook, United States Hal Sutton
4 12 Oct 2003 Las Vegas Invitational −31 (62-68-63-66-69=328) Playoff United States Scott McCarron
5 11 Jan 2004 Mercedes Championships −22 (66-67-66-71=270) 1 stroke Fiji Vijay Singh
6 9 Jan 2005 Mercedes Championships (2) −21 (74-64-66-67=271) 1 stroke United States Jonathan Kaye
7 8 Jan 2006 Mercedes Championships (3) −8 (71-72-70-71=284) Playoff Fiji Vijay Singh
8 23 Apr 2006 Shell Houston Open (2) −19 (66-67-69-67=269) 6 strokes United States Bob Estes
9 1 Aug 2010 Greenbrier Classic −22 (66-68-65-59=258) 1 stroke United States Jeff Overton

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

1 2002 The Open Championship Australia Steve Elkington, South Africa Ernie Els, France Thomas Levet Els beat Levet on first sudden-death hole,
after Appleby and Elkington were eliminated from a four-hole playoff
2 2003 Las Vegas Invitational United States Scott McCarron Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2006 Mercedes Championships Fiji Vijay Singh Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 20 Dec 1998 Coolum Classic −17 (68-67-67-69=271) 4 strokes Australia Craig Spence
2 25 Nov 2001 Holden Australian Open −17 (69-70-67-65=271) 3 strokes Australia Scott Laycock
3 14 Nov 2010 JBWere Masters −10 (71-69-69-65=274) 1 stroke Australia Adam Bland

Nike Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 19 Mar 1995 Nike Monterrey Open −15 (68-70-67-68=273) Playoff 1 Mexico Rafael Alarcon
2 1 Oct 1995 Nike Sonoma County Open −19 (69-69-65-66=269) 4 strokes United States Bobby Collins, United States Joe Durant
United States Jerry Kelly

1 Defeated Alarcon with birdie on seventh extra hole.

Other wins (3)

Results in major championships


Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Masters Tournament T21 CUT CUT CUT T31 CUT CUT T22 T43 T19 T7 T14 T30 DNP CUT
The Open Championship T20 CUT CUT T11 61 T2 T15 T36 T41 CUT CUT T51 T65 DNP DNP
PGA Championship T61 CUT CUT T4 T16 T17 T23 T17 T15 T55 T12 T15 CUT T68 DNP


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 5 14 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 14 6
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 1 4 13 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 8 14 11
Totals 0 1 0 2 4 18 55 34

Results in World Golf Championship events

Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R64 R16 R64 R64 R32 R32 R64 R64 R16
Cadillac Championship T30 T25 NT1 T11 T2 T16 T11 T6 T35 T34
Bridgestone Invitational T23 T20 T5 T42 T46 T9 T13 T71 T14 T2
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 DNP DNP
Cadillac Championship T61 DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T51 T63 76
HSBC Champions DNP T69 T42

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Note: Appleby is the only golfer to compete in the first 32 WGC events.[8]

Team appearances

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "About Stuart". Stuart Appleby's official site. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  2. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. "Appleby ends 4-year drought with 59". ESPN. Associated Press. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  5. "Appleby named 2010 Tour Comeback Player of the Year". PGA Tour. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  6. "Stuart Appleby devastated by wife's death". Golf Today. Reuters. 24 July 1998. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  7. Merrill, Elizabeth (16 June 2009). "In his father's footsteps". ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  8. "Week 10 Approach Shots: CA Championship". PGA Tour. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
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