Tom Kite, who has been on the PGA Tour since 1972, says that he will compete in more regular PGA tour events this year. Think about that. That’s more than 30 years at the top of his game. Tiger Woods wouldn’t even be born for three more years. Kite was Rookie of the Year in 1973. Baseball’s rookies of the year were Al Bumbry and Gary Matthews. Football had Chuck Foreman. All three of those names probably elicit a “huh? who?” But Kite keeps on going. It’s a testament to the longevity of golf careers.
Not a particularly big guy or a long hitter, Kite has survived all this time on the strength of his short game and his putter. Interestingly, Kite was one of the first to carry a third wedge. He joined the Senior (now Champions tour) in 2000 and placed fifth at the US Open in 2001 at age 52. More here.