Lone top-25 finish of the 2008 PGA TOUR season came with T21 honors at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. Didn't play again after hometown event, the Stanford St. Jude Championship, in early June. Underwent surgery on his left shoulder on June 10 to repair a torn labrum. Will play on a Major Medical Extension in 2009. Has 13 events to earn $694,924, which coupled with 2008 earnings of $157,828, will equal No. 125 from the 2008 money list and earn the Major Medical Extension status for the remainder of the 2009 season.
2007: Made nearly $1 million and recorded three top-10 finishes, his most since 2003...Finished T9 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Defeated Adam Scott and Rod Pampling before falling to Paul Casey, 2-down, in the third round...Best finish since a runner-up at the 2006 PGA Championship came in August at the Reno-Tahoe Open. First-round 68 led to a T6 finish... Bettered that finish with a T5 at the Viking Classic in September, good for his third top-10 of the year. 2006: Played well down the stretch with two top-10s in final seven starts to finish in the top 50 on the money list. Ended the campaign with a streak of nine consecutive made cuts...Former PGA Championship winner finished second at the PGA at Medinah, his highest finish on TOUR since the 2003 victory. Finished five strokes behind winner Tiger Woods...Runner-up to Paul Casey in the HSBC World Match Play Championship at the Wentworth Club. Beat Tiger Woods (4 and 3), Luke Donald (4 and 2) and Robert Karlsson (2 up) to reach the final. Victory over Woods ended Woods' five-tournament win streak. 2005: Made 12 cuts in 29 starts...Posted lone top-10 of the season (18 starts) in July with a T7 at the Cialis Western Open. It was his first top-10 in more than a year (ninth at 2004 PLAYERS Championship) and just his second in 50 starts since winning the 2003 PGA Championship...Finished the season on a positive note with a T5 at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, posting four rounds in the 60s. 2004: Cracked the top 100 on the money list for just the second time in eight seasons on TOUR, with 20 made cuts in 27 events...In seventh start of season, earned first top-10 since capturing the 2003 PGA Championship with a T9 at THE PLAYERS Championship...Made the cut in all four majors, finishing T24 in defense of PGA Championship. Posted a second-round 68 to make the cut after opening with a 77. 2003: Became fifth consecutive first-time major winner with his victory at the PGA Championship and finished 32nd on the money list, the highest in his six years on TOUR... Earned top-10s in back-to-back starts for the first time in his TOUR career with a T10 at the Nissan Open and a T8 at the Ford Championship at Doral...Earned first career TOUR victory in 164th start (third career major start) at the PGA at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY. First player since John Daly (1991) to capture first TOUR event at PGA. Jumped from 169th to 46th in the Official World Golf Ranking with the win. Held the lead outright after 36 holes and shared the lead with Chad Campbell through 54 holes. Playing 72nd hole with a one-shot lead, rifled 7-iron from 175 yards to within inches of the hole for a memorable birdie and a two-stroke victory over Campbell. Finished week 4-under par with rounds of 69-68-69-70--276 and a $1,080,000 payday...Thanks to final-round 65, finished 10th at the Greater Hartford Open, six shots behind Peter Jacobsen...Four top-10s were a career-best. 2002: Two top-10s nearly matched the three he had in his first 111 events on TOUR and one of those, a T3 at the B.C. Open, was the best previous finish of his career. Held a share of the lead through the first 54 holes, but carded a 2-over-par 74 on Sunday, with bogeys on two final holes, to finish T3 behind winner Spike McRoy. Finish was first top-10 since T5 at the 2000 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas. 2001: T13 at Qualifying School to retain TOUR card following season. 2000: Enjoyed his best season on TOUR to date thanks to a then-career-high three top-10s and four top-25s...After earning only $35,689 as a professional in 43 TOUR events prior to 2000, nearly cracked the top 100 in earnings with $467,431 (No. 104) in 31 events. 1999: Earned his first Nationwide Tour title at the Greensboro Open, edging Garrett Willis by one stroke. Was three strokes back of Willis with three holes to play in the final round but played the last three holes in 1-under par while Willis played them in 3-over. 1996: T9 at Qualifying Tournament to regain his TOUR card. 1993: Earned first TOUR card with T37 at the Qualifying Tournament.
Friends with the rock band KISS and was a backstage guest of the band in Columbus, OH, the week following the 2003 PGA victory...Was honored with the 1994 Sons of Confederate Veterans Award for Bravery after saving two people from a sinking car while at a golf tournament in New Bern, NC...Wife, Stephanie, graduated from LSU and is an attorney...Father was one of the original pilots for FedEx in 1973...Shot 58 in the 1998 Omega PGA Championship pro-am in Hong Kong.
T13 at 2001 Qualifying School to retain TOUR card for 2002. Three top-25 finishes highlighted 2001 season...Fired season-low 65 twice (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort)...Enjoyed his best season on the PGA TOUR in 2000, thanks to a career-high three top-10s and four top-25s...After earning only $35,689 as a professional in 43 PGA TOUR events prior to 2000, nearly cracked the top 100 in earnings with $467,431 (No. 104) in 31 events...Earned his first Nationwide Tour title at the 1999 Greensboro Open, edging Garrett Willis by one stroke...Member of Nationwide Tour in 1996 and 1999 and the PGA TOUR in 1994 and 1997...Honored with the 1994 Sons of Confederate Veterans Award for Bravery after saving two people from a sinking car while at a golf tournament in North Carolina...Wife, Stephanie, graduated from LSU and is an attorney...Recently retired father was one of the original pilots for FedEx in 1973.