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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 Lawnboy outdoor power and irrigation products that services seven southeastern states. Winner 1974 U.S. Amateur. . . Member 1975 Walker Cup team. . . Member 1981 Ryder Cup team. . . Played on the PGA Tour between 1976 and 1995, played in 376 events making the cut 216 times and in the Top-10 71 times. A shoulder injury that he got in 1982 pretty much put an end to his career in which he played in 365 PGA Tour events. 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, with plans to be ready to go at the start of the 2004 season.
1 - 2006 Outback Steakhouse Pro-am
8 - 1976 U.S. Open, Canadian Open, 1977 Phoenix Open, Southern Open, 1978 Southern Open, 1981 Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic, Pensacola Open, & 1982 Tournament Players Championship.
2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 27; top 10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.88 (ranked 21st); money - $946,940 (ranked 19th); best finish - 2nd Baylor Advantage Pro-Am & JELD-WEN Tradition.
2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 24; top 10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.88 (ranked 23rd); money - $833,738 (ranked 22nd); best finish - T-2nd Senior PGA Championship.
2006 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 14; top 10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.79 (ranked 23rd); money - $571,358 (ranked 32nd); best finish - Win Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.