For a few years in the early to mid 2000s, Chris DiMarco was one of the greatest golfers in the world. And part of what makes his career so interesting is that he’s played his best golf after He has the three PGA Tour wins on his resume.
DiMarco, like so many others, had the unenviable task of beating Tiger Woods in the prime of his career. And in all honesty, without Tiger, DiMarco probably would have picked up even more wins, maybe even a few major championships. But such is life for a Woods-era golfer.
Still, the Florida native had a solid career and made big bucks. So what is Chris DiMarco doing these days?
Chris DiMarco has somehow only won three times on the PGA Tour
After a distinguished career at the University of Florida, Chris DiMarco turned pro in 1990 and first made his name on the Canadian Tour, where he won the 1992 Order of Merit. He then competed on the Nike Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour) that year and finished ninth overall and earned his PGA Tour card for the 1994 campaign.
He shuttled back and forth between the two tours over the next few years, eventually breaking through to the PGA Tour with a win at the 2000 SEI Pennsylvania Classic, a win that propelled him into the top 100 on the official golf world rankings for the first time .
In 2001 he defeated David Duval in a playoff and won the Buick Challenge. And just a few months later he won the 2002 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. And somehow that was DiMarco’s last win on the PGA Tour.
But it’s not like he wasn’t relevant over the next few years. He was a member of two Ryder Cup teams and two Presidents Cup teams and even made the deciding putt for USA in the 2005 Presidents Cup.
And he certainly excelled at major championships, nearly winning several.
He has twice finished second to Tiger Woods in major championships and has had three second places in total
From 1998 through 2003, DiMarco made 16 major championship appearances and only finished in the top 10 once, as a T10 at the 2001 Masters, where Tiger Woods completed his historic “Tiger Slam.”
In 2004, however, DiMarco cracked the top 10 in three of the four majors. After placing sixth at the Masters, he placed ninth at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. He fought at the Open Championship at Royal Troon and placed 63rd but bounced back at the PGA Championship.
After 72 holes in Whistling Straits, DiMarco found himself level on points with Vijay Singh and Justin Leonard, sending things into a three-hole overall playoff that Singh won.
At the next major championship, the 2005 Masters, DiMarco was back, playing alongside Tiger Woods in the final group on Sunday. Of course, Woods hit one of the most famous shots in Masters history that day when he potted a miraculous chip on the par-3 16th. But what many don’t remember is that DiMarco almost won the tournament with a chip-in of his own on the 18th. Tiger eventually won in a playoff.
Despite the loss, DiMarco’s runner-up placed him at No. 7 in the world. About a month later he reached the highest point of his career, number 6.
At the 2006 edition of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, DiMarco found himself in competition again. But once again he finished second behind Tiger.
DiMarco struggled in the years that followed when a chronic shoulder injury hampered his career. At the end of 2008, the last year he competed in a major championship, he was outside the top 200 in the world rankings. And by the end of 2012, the last year he attempted a full-time PGA Tour season, he was outside the top 400.
The last PGA Tour event he competed in was the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he shot 74-77 and missed the cut. But again, Chris DiMarco certainly had a stellar career, raking in more than $22 million.
What is Chris DiMarco doing now?
After his days on the PGA Tour, DiMarco made a consistent contribution to the morning ride programming on the Golf Channel while also serving as a co-host on Sirius XM bossy.
He is also focused on his son’s golf career. Cristian DiMarco, his only son with longtime wife Amy (they also have two daughters, Amanda and Abigale), turned professional in 2018 and has competed in events on the PGA Tour Canada and the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Chris DiMarco is now in his 50s and has started playing more and more events on the Champions Tour in recent years. Although he has yet to win a tournament, he has achieved four top 10 finishes.
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