Was T30 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai...Made his first start on the PGA TOUR since 2003 (Memorial Tournament) when he competed at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He missed the cut on the Monterey Peninsula.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
U.S. Open Championship, Canadian Open, Phoenix Open, Southern Open, Southern Open, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, Pensacola Open, Tournament Players Championship.
2009: Opened with an 8-under-par 64, matching his career low on the Champions Tour, to share the first-round lead with Bernhard Langer at the Allianz Championship. Trailed Gil Morgan and Tom Jenkins by one stroke after 36 holes before a final-round 72 eventually left him with a T12 finish in Florida. 2008: Experienced another season cut short due to injury, making just 10 starts...Started his year as a conditionally-exempt player but quickly returned to fully-exempt status in the first official, full-field event of the season. Recorded his second Champions Tour career victory, at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii, besting Fulton Allem and Jim Thorpe by two strokes. Was the only player in the field to record three consecutive sub-par rounds at Turtle Bay. Dedicated win to Kevin Wilk, an acclaimed director of sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Andrews Institute, whose son had passed away just two weeks prior to the tournament. Started final round four strokes back of Gil Morgan and carded a 2-under 70 in relentless tradewinds to eventually triumph. His Sunday score equaled the low round of the day (Wayne Grady) and helped end a winless drought of 38 Champions Tour events...Nearly made it two wins in succession in his next start. Was the 36-hole leader at the Allianz Championship after opening rounds of 66-67, but closed with a 1-over 73 to finish T9...He and teammate Andy Bean finished T4 in the Legends Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah...Also was T5 at the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia, CA...In late May, withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship after a first-round 84 and did not play again in 2008. Underwent his fifth surgery on his left shoulder, a cartilage reattachment, on July 25 and also had a procedure done on his left knee for a torn meniscus. Subsequent rehab kept him out of action for the remainder of the season. 2007: Slipped from 32nd the previous season to 41st on the final money list...Was T9 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, his first start since right-shoulder surgery in July 2006...Second top-10 finish came in August when he posted three consecutive sub-par rounds on his way to a T8 at the Boeing Classic. Fell just one stroke shy of the record seven-man playoff.2006: Season was limited to just 14 starts after shoulder woes forced him to the sidelines midway through the summer...Underwent surgery July 21 in Birmingham, AL, to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. Missed the remainder of the season while undergoing an extensive rehabilitation program...Earned his first win in 23 years, 11 months, 5 days when he prevailed at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in February near Tampa FL. Birdied the final hole to hold off a trio of contenders, including Hale Irwin, Mark James and Morris Hatalsky. Hit a 5-iron from 165 yards to within 10 1/2 feet to set up his winning birdie. Capped his post-round celebration jumping into a nearby pond at No. 18, replicating his feat almost 24 years after winning the Tournament Players Championship and taking a dip in the lake at TPC Sawgrass. His winning check for $240,000 was the largest of his professional career, and the win came in his 54th start on the Champions Tour. 2005: Followed his successful rookie campaign with another solid season, finishing in the top 30 on the money list for the second straight year...Missed a golden opportunity to win the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley in May. Held a one-stroke lead with one hole to play, but three-putted from 25 feet for a bogey-6 on the last hole of regulation to fall back into a playoff with Mike Reid and Dana Quigley. Eventually lost to Reid on the first extra hole when he missed an eight-foot birdie putt that would have extended the overtime session...Won the Par-3 Contest at the Masters in April. 2004: Made Champions Tour debut at the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic and was T23 at The Links at Key Biscayne, posting the best 36-hole score of anyone in the field on the weekend...Made a serious bid for his first victory on the Champions Tour when he was the 36-hole leader at the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic. Led by two strokes entering the final round, but eventually finished fifth on the Red Course at Eisenhower Park, two strokes back of eventual winner Jim Thorpe. Came close again in late August when he took the lead at the JELD-WEN Tradition with two holes to play following an eagle at No. 16, but finished bogey-bogey to T2, one stroke behind Craig Stadler...Finished second to Allen Doyle at the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am near Kansas City. Did not get the chance to battle Doyle on Sunday after the final round was canceled due to weather-related damage to the course the previous night. 2003: Was expected to make his Champions Tour debut in September shortly after turning 50, but July surgery forced him to postpone plans...Underwent surgery on his left shoulder, the same one he had done in 1987. Dr. James Andrews performed the "cleaning out" surgery in July. Pate spent the remainder of the year undergoing rehabilitation.
Served as a color analyst on CBS, ABC and BBC golf broadcasts during the decade of the 1990s...Wife, Soozi, and Bruce Lietzke's wife, Rose, are sisters...Received degree from Alabama in summer of 2001, walking through graduation ceremonies with daughter, Jenni...Involved in the golf course design business and also owns and operates a wholesale distributorship for Toro, Echo and Lawn-Boy outdoor power and irrigation products that services seven southeastern states...Biggest thrill in golf was winning the 1976 U.S. Open...Lists his favorite golf shot as the 5-iron he hit to win THE PLAYERS Championship...Biggest thrills away from golf were the birth of his children and his graduation from Alabama...Always marks his ball with coin on tails...Favorite golf courses are Cypress Point, St. Andrews and National GL...Enjoys watching The Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel. His all-time favorite movie is "Animal House."...Favorite athlete is Arnold Palmer. Likes watching Clint Eastwood movies...Enjoys Italian food...Favorite band is Widespread Panic...An award-winning golf course designer, with more than 30 projects worldwide...Maintains a busy schedule, overseeing project design and development on his courses across the country...Renovated Pensacola CC and received Golf Inc.'s 2007 Renovation of the Year Award...Designed Kiva Dunes and Limestone Springs in Alabama, both consistently ranked in the top-100 public courses in the U.S...Co-designed courses that have hosted the U.S. Women's Open-Old Waverly in West Point, MS (1999), and Indianwood GC in Lake Orion, MI (1989, 1994)...In February 2008, became the fifth person inducted into the Pensacola City of Champions Wall of Fame by the Pensacola Sports Association.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Was a regular performer on the Champions Tour from 2004-2009 with 119 starts to his credit...Slowed at various times with injuries. Had his 2006 season cut short due to right-shoulder surgery and his 2008, as well, due to left-shoulder (fifth time) and left-knee surgeries...Best 2009 finish in 18 events was a T7 with Andy Bean as his partner at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Finished among the top 30 on the money list in 2004 and 2005 season and earned a career-best $946,940 in 2004...First of two victories came in 2006 when he won for the first time in 23 years, 11 months, 5 days at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am near Tampa. Birdied the final hole to win and then capped his post-round celebration by jumping into a nearby pond at No. 18, replicating his feat almost 24 years after winning the Tournament Players Championship and taking a dip in the lake at Sawgrass...His second win came in 2008 at the Turtle Bay Championship, besting Jim Thorpe and Fulton Allem by two strokes...Also T2 at the 2005 Senior PGA Championship. Bogeyed the final hole and then lost in a playoff with Dana Quigley and eventual winner Mike Reid at Laurel Valley...Won the Par-3 Contest at the 2005 Masters...Played the PGA TOUR on a full-time basis from 1976-1985. Finished sixth on the money list in both 1980 ($222,976) and 1981 ($280,627)...Won eight times on the PGA TOUR, with his biggest victory coming at the 1976 U.S. Open Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Was a runnerup 15 times in his PGA TOUR career, including the 1978 PGA Championship at Oakmont where he and Tom Watson lost in a playoff to John Mahaffey. Was also second with Gary Player at the 1979 U.S. Open at Inverness two strokes behind Hale Irwin. First gained attention as a PGA TOUR rookie in 1976. Last swing in the U.S. Open, a 5-iron from the rough, left him a two-foot birdie putt for a two-shot victory over Tom Weiskopf and Al Geiberger...Closed with 63 at the Canadian Open that same season to best Jack Nicklaus by four strokes...Official earnings of $153,102 in 1976 were the most ever won by a rookie until Hal Sutton bettered the mark in 1982...Claimed the first Tournament Players Championship staged at the TPC Sawgrass in dramatic fashion in 1982, using an orange golf ball. Played the final seven holes in 4-under and birdied both the 17th (15-foot putt) and 18th (5-iron to two feet) to register a two-stroke victory over Brad Bryant and Scott Simpson. Celebrated the win by pushing former TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman and course architect Pete Dye into the large lake left of No. 18 green and then diving in himself...PGA TOUR career was cut short by three surgeries in three years on left shoulder. Tore cartilage in 1982 and had surgery in 1985. Tore rotator cuff in 1986 and had surgery that year and again in 1987...Was the medalist at the 1975 PGA TOUR Fall Qualifying Tournament after an All-American career at Alabama concluded in 1975...Defeated John Grace, 2 and 1, to win the 1974 U.S. Amateur at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey...Played on the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team in 1975 at St. Andrews and also was on the winning American team in the 1981 Ryder Cup at Walton Heath, England...Served as a color analyst on CBS, ABC and BBC golf broadcasts during the decade of the 1990s...Wife, Soozi, and Bruce Lietzke's wife, Rose, are sisters...Received degree from Alabama in summer of 2001, walking through graduation ceremonies with daughter, Jenni...Involved in the golf course design business and also owns and operates a wholesale distributorship for Toro, Echo and Lawn-Boy outdoor power and irrigation products that services seven southeastern states...Biggest thrill in golf was winning the 1976 U.S. Open...Has had two holes-in-one in competitive rounds-at the 1982 Bob Hope Desert Classic and the 1989 U.S. Open.