1996,Bay Hill Invitational. 2007,Sony Open in Hawaii.
2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes
Travelers Championship. T3--
Valero Texas Open. T4--
St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx.
PGA TOUR Best Round
63 at Round 1, Valero Texas Open.
63 at Round 1, Travelers Championship.
63 at Round 3, Travelers Championship.
PGA TOUR Highlights
First top-10 of the year came at the Valero Texas Open in May where he shot an opening-round 7-under 63. Followed that with a second-round 5-under 65 en route to a T3...Next top-10, a T4, came a month later in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx, thanks largely to back-to-back 6-under 64s in rounds two and three. Also tied for the lead in greens in regulation that week, hitting 55 of 72 (76.39%)...T2 two weeks later at the Travelers Championship. Shot first- and third-round 7-under 63s en route to a 261 total, his career-best 72-hole score, besting his 265 at the 2003 Valero Texas Open.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Bay Hill Invitational, Sony Open in Hawaii.
2008 Season Highlights
Lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia at THE PLAYERS after his tee shot at the first playoff hole, the par-3 17th, found the water, allowing Garcia to two-putt for the victory. Held a one-shot lead over Kenny Perry entering the final round and a three-shot lead over Garcia and Jeff Quinney standing on the 14th tee, but bogeyed three of his last five holes to force a playoff. Missed a 15-foot par putt for the win on No. 18. Wore a Long Beach State "Dirtbags" baseball hat that he purchased in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport the week before. A week after the PLAYERS Championship his Long Beach State hat was auctioned off for $4,000 at a school fundraiser...Two weeks later he finished T10 at the Corwne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He has three top-10s at the Colonial in 10 starts.
2007: Won for the second time in his career and earned more than $1 million for the first time in 15 years on the PGA TOUR...With three birdies in the final four holes at the Sony Open in Hawaii, claimed his first victory in 11 years. Posted rounds of 66-63-70-67--266, one ahead of Charles Howell III and Luke Donald. Held a share of the 36-hole lead with Luke Donald at 11-under-par 129. Clinched victory on the last hole when 25-foot eagle chip hit the flagstick and settled within tap-in range. Second career victory (1996 Bay Hill Invitational) was worth 4,500 FedExCup points...Made his first start in a World Golf Championships event at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Lost in the first round to Jose Maria Olazabal in 19 holes...Ended season with a T30 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. 2006: Used a runner-up finish at the last full-field event of the season to jump from No. 160 to No. 97 on the money list and earn his fully-exempt status for the 2007 season...Began season in the Major Medical Extension category. Earned enough money in the 12 events he had remaining under the extension to remain in the category for the remainder of the season...First top-10 was a T8 at the Valero Texas Open in mid-September. It was his first top-10 on TOUR since a T4 at the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...Second top-10 was a runner-up finish at the Chrysler Championship. Entered final round one stroke behind third-round leader K.J. Choi and finished T2, four strokes back of Choi after a final-round 1-under 70. The $466,400 paycheck was the largest of his career at the time and the T2 finish was his best on TOUR since a T2 at the 1991 MasterCard Colonial. 2005: Received Major Medical Extension carryover from 2004 due to sinus surgery and hip problems but was only able to play in 15 events...In his second start after missing the majority of the previous season due to hip surgery, recorded a T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It marked first top-10 on TOUR since a T7 at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. 2004: Limited to only two starts at the end of the year because of sinus surgery and hip problems. Received a Major Medical Extension for 2005. 2003: Moved back into top 100 on the money list for the first time since 1999 when he finished 61st...Posted first top-10 with a T6 finish at the Buick Open, carding four rounds in the 60s...Second top-10 came at the Valero Texas Open where four rounds in the 60s were good for T7 finish, securing his position in the top 125...Made cut in last 11 tournaments. 2002: Managed to get into 20 tournaments after finishing 132nd on the money list in 2001...Finished between 126-150 for the second straight season with two top-10s. 2001: Fell out of the top 100 for the first time in five seasons (No. 121), but still managed to finish in top-10 three times in 30 appearances. 1999: Accumulated at least four top-10s for the third time in his career...Recorded his career-best round with 62 in opening round of GTE Byron Nelson Classic. Was one back of Tiger Woods' tournament-leading 61...A week later, earned five-way T2 at MasterCard Colonial, one stroke behind champion Olin Browne...Shared first-round lead at U.S. Open after opening 67. 1998: Finished second at Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, where he was two behind winner Fred Funk. 1997: Followed winning season with consistent year, highlighted by five top-10s.1996: First TOUR victory came at 1996 Bay Hill Invitational. With rounds of 67-74-67, was two strokes behind Guy Boros and Patrick Burke entering final round. Shot closing 67 to defeat Jeff Maggert by one stroke and earn $216,000. 1995: Earned $10,212 in final tournament, the LaCantera Texas Open, to finish 129th and remain partially exempt. 1994: Finished 75th on money list on strength of three top-10s. 1993: Earned $87,804 in rookie season for 152nd place, but regained card at Qualifying Tournament that fall. 1992: First earned PGA TOUR playing privileges for 1993 with T13 finish at Qualifying Tournament...Won the Yuma Open on the Nationwide Tour.
Was a substitute teacher in Long Beach, CA, at the time of his 1992 Yuma Open victory...1996 EA Sports Golf Challenge champion...Says the first and only autograph he ever received was from California Angel Sandy Alomar, who signed his mitt at a game in Anaheim Stadium in 1974. "No, I don't know where the glove is now. I don't have it."...His favorite move is "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."...Was hitting balls at the Long Beach State driving range in college when football coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member George Allen decided he wanted to use the range for practive. "He yelled, 'Get that golfer off my football field.' I never met the man, but let's just say he definitely knew who I was."
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Retained PGA TOUR card for 2003 with T17 finish at 2002 Qualifying School. Managed to get into 20 tournaments after finishing 132nd on the money list in 2001. Earned first top-10 finish of the season in first start of 2002 with a T8 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Next top-10 did not come until July, when he finished T10 at the John Deere Classic, thanks to a final-round 66. Four rounds in the 60s at the 2002 SEI Pennsylvania Classic produced a T11 near Philadelphia. In 2001, finished out of the top 100 for the second consecutive season (No. 132 with $375,557), but managed two top-10s in 29 events. Former Bay Hill Invitational champion turned in another strong performance in 2001 with T8, carding rounds of 68-68-73-71. Held 36-hole lead by one over Chris Perry, Sergio Garcia, Scott McCarron, Fulton Allem and Grant Waite. Top-10 was third of career at Bay Hill. Finished T5 at 2001 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Was two strokes off Bob Estes' lead at halfway point. Recorded career-best 62 in opening round of 1999 GTE Byron Nelson Classic. First TOUR victory came at 1996 Bay Hill Invitational. With rounds of 67-74-67, was two strokes behind Guy Boros and Patrick Burke entering final round. Shot closing 67 to defeat Jeff Maggert by one stroke and earn $216,000. Earned $87,804 in rookie season for 152nd place in 1993, but regained card at Qualifying Tournament that fall. First earned PGA TOUR playing privileges with T13 finish at 1992 Qualifying Tournament. Played on Nationwide Tour in 1991 and 1992, winning 1992 Yuma Open. Won 1990 Long Beach Open. Was substitute teacher in Long Beach, CA, at time of 1992 Yuma Open victory. 1996 EA Sports Golf Challenge champion. Lost to Kevin Sutherland in unsuccessful 1997 defense of EA Sports Challenge championship. Donated $10,000 prize to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.