An All-American while at The University of Arizona, Ted Purdy once beat Tiger Woods by six shots to win the 1996 Arizona Ping Invitational. In 1995, he was the runner up at the NCAA championships. Ted was a four time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time NCAA all-district selection and at the time of his induction, still held the school record for career competitive rounds played. While his peers were succeeding in the big leagues of the PGA tour, Ted was laboring on the Asian Tour from 1997-2003. In 1997 he was the Indian Master Champion and was named the Rookie of the Year on the Asian PGA Tour. In 2003, Ted made it back to the United States and posted 11 top-25 finished in 25 starts including a win-to finish 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list and earn his PGA tour card. Ted had breakthrough season in 2004. He played in 34 tournaments; making 22 cuts and posted a career-best four top-10 finishes. Ted finished second in two tournaments that year, both in playoffs. He finished 34th on the end of the year money list and was able to play full time on the PGA tour in 2005. His first trip to Augusta to play in the Master's was in the spring of 2005, but it was Ted's first PGA tour victory in the summer of 2005 at the Byron Nelson Championship that solidified his place on the PGA tour.