Gary Christian Bio: Previous Jobs, Favorite Sports Teams and More

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Originally from Carshalton, England, Gary became a fan of golf at an early age because of his dad’s love of the sport. He was even named after the South African legend Gary Player. Guided by his dad, Gary began learning the game at age 3 and built the fundamentals that his future success was based on. Today, Gary and his wife Kimberly have carried on the golfing tradition by naming their sons Nicholas and Alex after Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle. Gary’s golfing heroes are Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. In his competitive and recreational travels, Gary has played golf and toured cities around the world. His favorite places are London, Toronto, Sydney and New York. His favorite golf course is Pebble Beach. Gary’s love of sport goes beyond golf. He fervently supports Liverpool FC and his bucket list item is to join the Barmy Army on the Ashes Tour of Australia.

Accomplishments

Gary experienced limited success as an amateur in England representing Surrey and winning a few amateur tournaments, so in 1991 he decided to relocate to the US to maximize his potential. He earned a golf scholarship to Wallace State Community College in Alabama where he won 7 times and became the number one Junior College player in the US in 1993. That same year he earned a golf scholarship to Auburn University where he received all-SEC honors in 1994 and led the team to their best NCAA finish. Gary turned pro in 1998, and won 30 times on the mini tours over the next 7 years. In 2006 he earned a spot on the Web.com Tour and was a member until 2011. During that time he won twice and finished 9th on the 2011 money list to graduate to the PGA TOUR as a 40-year-old rookie. In his debut season, he made the Fed Ex Cup playoffs and continued playing on the PGA TOUR until 2014 when successive knee surgeries made it impossible to compete against the best players in the world. Since 2015 Gary has transitioned to the media side because of the injuries. He has worked with SKY SPORTS UK as a studio analyst and the Golf Channel and PGA TOUR live as a studio analyst and on-course commentator.