World Golf Hall of Fame member Curtis Strange serves as an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of golf. Strange, who still plays occasionally on the Champions Tour, joined ABC as a golf analyst in 1995.
The Norfolk, Va., native was one of professional golf’s dominant players in the 1980s and was known for his intensity on the course. He won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 1988 and 1989 and led the PGA Tour in money winnings in 1985, 1987 and 1988. He scored 17 Tour wins in his career and had a streak of seven years with at least one Tour victory. He was voted Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America three times. Strange also represented the U.S. on the Ryder Cup team five times and was captain in 2002.
Born into a golfing family, Strange began playing at age 7 and won the Virginia Junior Championship when he was 15. He earned a scholarship to play collegiate golf at Wake Forest and was part of what many believe to be one of the best college golf teams ever. Strange and teammate Jay Haas, another future pro, led the team to consecutive NCAA titles in 1974 and 1975. A three-time All America selection, Strange won the NCAA individual golf title in 1974 as well as the World Amateur Cup.
Strange turned pro in 1976 and scored his first professional win in 1979 in Pensacola, Fla. In 1988, he became the first golfer to win more than $1 million in a single season. He played his first season on the Champions Tour in 2005 after reaching the age of 50 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.
His father Tom owned a golf course in Virginia and his identical twin brother, Allan, also played on the PGA Tour.