First time winners: How it happened

Originally Published: January 3, 2003

Name First win Notable
Jerry Kelly
Age: 36
Sony Open in Hawaii Hadn't won in 199 previous PGA Tour starts
Matt Gogel
Age: 31
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Won when Pat Perez imploded on back nine
Len Mattiace
Age: 35
Nissan Open Won for the first time in 219 PGA Tour tournaments
Kevin Sutherland
Age: 38
WGC: Accenture Match Play Championship Road went through Duval, McGinley, Furyk, Toms, Faxon, McCarron
Ian Leggett
Age: 37
Touchstone Energy Tucson Open Third straight first-time winner in Tucson.
Matt Kuchar
Age: 23
Honda Classic Five back-nine birdies gave him win in just 17th pro start
Craig Perks
Age: 35
The Players Championship Most shocking first-time winner; and he did it by going eagle, birdie, chip-in par down the stretch.
K.J. Choi
Age: 32
Compaq Classic The first South Korean winner ever won going away over Geoff Ogilvy and Dudley Hart.
Chris Smith
Age: 33
Buick Classic The same week he failed to qualify for the U.S. Open, the 33-year-old rode a hot putter to the title.
Spike McRoy
Age: 34
B.C. Open While the top money leaders were at the British Open, McRoy came from seven shots back on Sunday.
Craig Parry Age: 36
WGC: NEC Invitational Parry earned his first U.S. PGA Tour win in 235 career starts; he also stopped Tiger Woods' NEC run at three.
Chris Riley Age: 28
Reno-Tahoe Open He played well the week before at the PGA; he finally broke through in a playoff.
John Rollins Age: 27
Bell Canadian Open Neal Lancaster double-bogeyed 18, setting up a playoff. Rollins won with a 20-foot birdie.
Charles Howell III Age: 23
Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Some thought he might win at Augusta; he finally broke through with the low round on Sunday.
Phil Tataurangi
Age: 31
Invensys Classic Fired a final-round 62 to come from five strokes back to win.
Bob Burns Age: 34
Disney Golf Classic He had to go low -- 25-under -- but it was enough to hold off a charging Tiger Woods.
Jonathan Byrd
Age: 24
Buick Classic Byrd hit his fiancee with a tee shot, but parlayed it into a final-round 63.
Luke Donald Age: 24
Southern Farm Bureau Classic Earned first win of his rookie year when final round was canceled because of rain.