(1): JCPenney Classic [with Marta Figueras-Dotti].
2009 Champions Tour Money and Position
2009 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Regions Charity Classic. T7--
The ACE Group Classic. T8--
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Champions Tour Best Round
64 at Round 1, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Champions Tour Highlights
Opened his year with an 8-under-par 64 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and was the 36-hole leader in Hawaii. Closed with a 3-over-par 75 and eventually finished T8...Was T4 at the Regions Charity Classic, turning in another solid effort at the Birmingham-area tournament. A two-time winner there, he fashioned a 7-under-par 65 in the second round of the rain-shortened event for his fourth top-10 finish in five starts. He was T11 in his other start.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic.
2008: Failed to win an event for the first time in three years as he let numerous opportunities slip through his fingers during the campaign...Appeared in control early in the year at the Allianz Championship. Shot a bogey-free, final-round, 6-under 66 and was the clubhouse leader at 13-under when he finished. However, Scott Hoch, playing four groups behind, birdied the final two holes to slip by for a one-stroke victory. Eventually T2 with Bruce Lietzke...Followed that showing with another T2 the following week in Naples at The ACE Group Classic. Fired a closing-round, 7-under 65 to earn a berth in the four-man playoff with Hoch, Tom Kite and Tom Jenkins, but Hoch ended the playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole for his second straight victory...Was T2 in his next start when he lost in a three-man playoff with Loren Roberts and eventual-winner Denis Watson at the AT&T Champions Classic. After a closing-round 72, was eliminated on the second hole when Roberts and Watson made birdies. Held a two-stroke advantage after 36 holes heading into Sunday's final round in California, while on the same day, his brother, Bart, shared the lead starting the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA TOUR (Bart eventually finished second behind Tiger Woods)...Played some of his best golf late in the year, capped by a solo third-place finish at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in California...A month earlier, posted back-to-back T7s, the first coming at the SAS Championship in late September following rounds of 69-66 on the weekend. One week later, shot a final-round 67 at Baltimore CC to jump up into a T7 at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship...The following week was among three players tied for the 36-hole lead at the Administaff Small Business Classic, but his closing-round 77 left him T20 near Houston. 2007: Enjoyed the best financial season of his professional career, again finishing third on the money list as well as fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup race...Highlight of the season came in July when he captured the biggest tournament of his career, the U.S. Senior Open, in his third appearance in the championship. The victory was his first senior major title in his 10th attempt. For the second time in the season, made up five strokes in a final round and recorded the second-biggest comeback in Senior Open history, overtaking a faltering Tom Watson on the back nine. Carded a 4-under 68 Sunday at Whistling Straits, the low round of the day and one of only two scores in the 60s. He hit 15 of 18 greens in each of his final two rounds and was the only player in the field to record four consecutive par-or-better rounds on the Straits Course. Fourth career Champions Tour victory earned him a check for $470,000, easily his largest check ever...Earlier in the season, successfully defended his Regions Charity Classic title near Birmingham. Made up five strokes on Sunday to get into a playoff with R.W. Eaks and then birdied the third extra hole at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge to win. Victory in Alabama made him not only the first multiple winner in tournament history but also the first to defend his crown. It was the second year in succession he had come from behind in the final round. He bounced back from a one-stroke deficit in 2006 to defeat Mark McNulty by two strokes...Turned in another strong performance the following week at the Senior PGA Championship where he finished solo sixth, his second consecutive top-10 in that prestigious event...Birdied three of the final four holes Sunday to T2 at the Principal Charity Classic...Was T2 in his next start at the Bank of America Championship...Was in contention throughout the Allianz Championship before finishing T3 in Boca Raton...T3 again in late April at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Trailed by one stroke through 36 holes but eventually finished in a group one stroke back of Jay Haas and Tom Kite...T5 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai. Tied a career low with a 9-under 63 in the first round and was the 18-hole leader before slipping four spots following rounds of 68-70 on the weekend...Contended in the year's final event at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Was T2, one stroke behind Denis Watson after 54 holes but shot a final-round 73 to finish T10. 2006: More than doubled his previous year's earnings with a stellar year...Posted two victories, had four runner-up finishes and was fourth in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. His season earnings of nearly $1.7 million more than doubled his 2005 total...Won his first Champions Tour event at the Toshiba Classic, his 27th start on the circuit. Victory at Newport Beach CC made him the fifth first-time winner in tournament history. It was his first TOUR victory in 10 years, 5 months, 11 days (121 TOUR events). Made a 9-foot birdie putt on the last hole to take the lead and then watched John Harris, Mark Johnson and Vicente Fernandez all miss putts at No. 18 which would have tied him. His winning total of 9-under 204 was the highest three-round score by a Toshiba Classic champion since 1999. Earned a check for $247,500, his largest ever at the time...Added a second win near Birmingham when he prevailed at the Regions Charity Classic. Clutch Sunday play allowed him to overtake Mark McNulty on the 71st hole, and a closing-round, 8-under-par 64 gave him a two-stroke win over McNulty. Had gone to the 17th hole trailing by two strokes with just two holes remaining but grabbed the lead when his 4-foot birdie putt dropped while McNulty made double bogey. Sealed the win with a par on the final hole as McNulty made bogey to end his chances. Set a new Champions Tour standard in his win, hitting 53 of 54 greens in regulation. His only miss came Saturday at No. 10 when he missed by a mere four inches. Also played the event without a bogey, making him the 18th player in Champions Tour history to accomplish that feat...Nearly won a third title in late May when he lost in a three-hole playoff with Jay Haas at the Senior PGA Championship at the Oak Tree GC in Edmond, OK. Made a clutch birdie putt on the 72nd hole to get himself into the playoff before falling on the third extra hole when Haas made a par putt to win...T2 along with Craig Stadler at the 3M Championship, two strokes back of David Edwards...Fired consecutive 68s to finish T2 at the Constellation Energy Classic, two strokes behind Bob Gilder...Made a nice showing in July's Greater Kansas City Golf Classic where he was T3 after trailing David Edwards by one stroke through 36 holes...Initial top-10 finish came in February when he was T2 at The ACE Group Classic, one stroke behind Loren Roberts. Shared the second-round lead with Roberts and Don Pooley before a closing-round 70 left him one shy of Roberts...Chosen as the Player of the Month for May. 2005: Suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle in April and played through the injury...Turned in a solid rookie season with five top-10 efforts, including three in his first seven starts...Made several runs at a victory late in the year...Appeared to be in the driver's seat at the Administaff Small Business Classic in mid-October, but made two double bogeys on the back nine at Augusta Pines to fade into a fourth-place finish. Carried a two-stroke lead into the final round near Houston and was three strokes ahead with nine holes to play...Made an impressive showing at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic where he was T3. Shared the first-round lead and was just two behind after 36 holes, but couldn't chase down eventual-winner David Eger...Made one start on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut at the Funai Classic at Walt Disney World...Along with R.W. Eaks, hit the longest measured drive on the Champions Tour, with a poke of 385 yards on the 15th hole in the opening round of the JELD-WEN Tradition. 2004: Earned fully-exempt status for 2005 after finishing third at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the King and Bear at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, FL, in November...Five of his six rounds were in the 60s, and he finished 22-under-par for the event.
Nickname "Dr. Dirt" bestowed upon him by Gary McCord in late 1970s. Younger brother Bart also played on the TOUR and won the 2004 Valero Texas Open at age 41...Biggest thrills in golf was watching Bart win the Valero Texas Open and also the Memorial Tournament and THE TOUR Championship in 2005...Lists Bart as his favorite athlete...Has worked with David Leadbetter...His favorite course is Spyglass Hill and his favorite movie is "Chariots of Fire."...Enjoyed the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy...Favorite food is his mother's country-fried steak.