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Player Notes: At age 7, severed tendon in left thumb and only has about 70 percent of average flexibility in it...Contracted Lyme disease on a hunting trip in 1991 and was later diagnosed as having neurological damage in his left hand, a condition known as a ""benign essential tumor""...Also underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck in 2001...Credits the late Sam Snead and J.C. Snead, long-time friends, with helping his game along through practice rounds and time on the range... Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004...In 1991, began carrying specially designed golf bag that featured a picture of a missing child from the area where tournament was being played. Someone saw his bag at the Masters, recognized the child and called the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. The child was eventually recovered. Winner of four PGA Tour titles from 1985-90. Opened 64- 64 on the way to capturing his first PGA Tour victory at the 1985 Southern Open...In 1989 and 1990, was among the Top-10 money-winners on the circuit. Placed sixth on the money list in 1989 and captured two wins that season the USF&G Classic and Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic...Defended the Disney title the following year on his way to an eighth-place finish on the money list. Set the single-season Greens In Regulation mark on the PGA Tour (74 %) in 1992 that stood until Tiger Woods broke it in 2000 (75.2 %)...Was a member of the United States team at the 1990 Asahi Glass Four Tours event...Played the Nationwide Tour from 1995-98 and again in 2004-05. Was a two-time runner-up on the Nationwide Tour in 1995, at the South Carolina Open and Buffalo Open, and finished 19th on the money list that year...Winner of the 1976 Southern Amateur, All- Southeastern Conference and All-American at the University of Georgia...Also won the Georgia and Atlanta Junior titles and the 1981 World Under-25 Championship. Played on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1998, in 552 starts finished in the Top-10, 65 times and made 356 cuts.
4 - 1985 Southern Open, 1989 USF&G Classic, Walt Disney Oldsmobile Classic, 1990 Walt Disney Oldsmobile Classic.
2006 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 16; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.90 (ranked 28th); money - $359,073 (ranked 46th); best finish - 5th Greater Kansas City Golf Classic and Senior British Open. 2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; top-10 finishes -3; scoring average - 71.25 (ranked 37th); money - $482,035 (ranked 37th); best finish - 5th Senior PGA Championship.
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