His father got him started playing golf at age two, by taking him to the driving range and letting him swing a cut-down club. Through high school, he never won anything, but kept playing and practicing. He got a scholarship to the University of Arizona, where his game started to reach high standards. He won six collegiate events and in 1989, was named the winner of the Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins awards as the Outstanding Player of the Year. He also played on the 1989 Walker Cup Team. He turned professional in the fall of 1989 and easily got his Tour Card. He played in three events at the end of the season, and with the new season coming, practiced hard with the ambition to make an impact on the PGA Tour. And that he did, winning his first tournament of the Year, the Northern Telecom Tucson Open. Since Robert spent three years at the University of Arizona and Las Vegas was a short drive away, he played in front of a gallery of family, friends, ex-teammates and college pals. He wasn't finished let, two months later at the Nestle Invitational at Bay Hill, he holed a 7-iron shot for a eagle-2, on the final hole of the championship, to win by a stroke over Greg Norman . . .Was involved in an automobile accident in June of 1998, which kept him out of action for more than a month.
2 - 1990 Northern Telecom Tucson Open, Nestle Invitational
1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; in money - 1; Top-10 finishes - 0; money $4,827 (ranked 237th); best finish T20th, Southern Open.
1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.49 (ranked 128th); money $461,407 (ranked 27th); winner Northern Telecom Open and Nestle Invitational.
1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.78 (ranked T143rd); money $280,349 (ranked 59th).
1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.44 (ranked T-114th); money $215,648 (ranked 72nd); best finish, T-2nd, Federal Express St. Jude Classic.
1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.66 (ranked T-129th); money $236,458 (ranked 70th); best finish, 2nd Honda Classic, lost the playoff to Fred Couples.
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.60 (ranked 133rd); money $350,353 (ranked 44th); best finish 2nd, Las Vegas Invitational.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.58 (ranked T-124th); money $206,588 (ranked 89th); best finish T5th, Memorial Tournament.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.42 (ranked T-116th); money $249,227 (ranked 89th); best finish 3rd, Walt Disney World Classic.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.46 (ranked 117th); money $283,434 (ranked 86th); best finish T2nd, Quad City Classic.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.21 (ranked 168th); money $76,148 (ranked 195th); best finish T16th, United Airlines Hawaiian Open.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.90 (ranked 145th); money $71,236 (ranked 208th); best finish T39th, Greater Milwaukee Open.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 76 ; in money -11; top-10 finishes - 0; money $259,305 (ranked 145th); best finish T12th at the Honda Classic.
Scoring - 71.40 / (113th); driving distance - 271.2 / (126th); driving accuracy -71.8% / (43rd); GIR - 68.3% / (40th); putting - 1.777 / (94th); birdie average - 3.55 per rd / (74th) / total birdies - 270; sand saves - 48.5% / (162nd); scrambling - 56.7% / (161st); all-around rank - 668 / (67th).
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; rounds played - 59 ; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 0; money $193,525 (ranked 175th); best finish T-11th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Marconi Pennsylvania Classic.
Scoring - 72.06 / (167th); driving distance - 272.8 / (162nd); driving accuracy -71.0% / (45th); GIR - 65.2% / (126); putting - 1.793 / (153rd); birdie average - 3.42 per rd / (136th) / total birdies - 202; sand saves - 44.8% / (165th); scrambling - 56.2% / (169th); all-around rank - 1077 / (170th).
After missing qualifying for TOUR by one stroke at Q-School in fall of 2001, regained card by finishing in the top 125 (85th) for the first time since 1997. . . Earned his first top-10 since a T5 at the 1997 B.C. Open with a T7 at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, a span of 96 starts between top 10s. Entered the week as seventh alternate. Shared 36-hole lead with Mark Calcavecchia at 10-under 134. His $118,433 paycheck was largest since the $162,000 he earned for a second-place finish at the 1994 Las Vegas Invitational. . . T3 at B.C. Open, two shots behind champion Spike McRoy, was best finish since T2 at 1997 Quad City Classic. . . Followed that the following week with a second at the John Deere Classic. Shared third-round lead at 18-under with winner J.P. Hayes. $324,000 payday pushed season earnings to $672,343, more than any other season since he joined the TOUR in 1990
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; rounds played - 69 ; in money -13; top-10 finishes - 4; money $807,892 (ranked 85th); best finish 2nd at the John Deere Classic.
Scoring - 70.91 / (67th); driving distance - 282.6 / (68th); driving accuracy -70.8% / (50th); GIR - 66.7% / (68th); putting - 1.732 / (12th); birdie average - 3.96 per rd / (22nd) / total birdies - 273; sand saves - 48.6% / (118th); all-around rank - 437 / (16th).
Finished 43rd on the money list for best finish since rookie season in 1990 when he finished 27th
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; Rounds Played - 114; in money - 25; top -10 Finishes - 2; money $1,519,804 Rank (43rd); Best finish: T-2nd at the Wachovia Championship
Scoring - 70.39 / (38th); Driving Distance - 287.7 / (85th); Driving Accuracy - 66.9% / (97th); GIR - 66.7% / (66th); Putting - 1.740 / (16th); Birdie Average - 4.09 per rd / (11th) / Total Birdies - 466; Sand Saves - 49.7% / (103rd); All-Around Rank - 422 / (14th).
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