Toshiba Classic. T9--
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PGA TOUR Best Round
71 at Round 2, THE PLAYERS Championship.
Champions Tour Highlights
Shot 32 on the front nine Sunday at the Toshibal Classic to jump into contention, but a 1-over-par back nine eventually dropped him into a T4 finish at Newport Beach CC...Did not start his season until The ACE Group Classic in Naples after suffering a staph infection in his right knee in late December 2008.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Shell Houston Open, Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley, Buick Challenge, B.C. Open, Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, Southern Farm Bureau Classic, THE PLAYERS Championship, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.
2008 Season Highlights
At age 51, continued to split time between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in 2008...Underwent arthroscopic surgery May 14 on his right knee in Jacksonville, FL, for loose particles and minor cartilage damage. Injury kept him out of competition for less than a month...Made the cut in seven of 14 starts on the PGA TOUR, including a season-best T10 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which included a second-round, 6-under-par 64...Stayed in Hawaii to start the Champions Tour season the following week at the MasterCard Championship, which he won following a second-round, 9-under-par 63 and with birdies on the final two holes to edge Allen Doyle by two strokes...Added another win at the JELD-WEN Tradition in mid-August to go along with two runner-up finishes on the season. It was his fourth Champions Tour victory in 23 career starts...Eventually finished third on the Charles Schwab Cup points list to earn a $300,000 annuity.
2007: Captured events on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. Finished second in Driving Accuracy to Jose Coceres at 75.26 percent...In his second Champions Tour appearance of the season, won by a record 11 strokes at the Turtle Bay Championship. Led wire-to-wire for the second time in his brief Champions Tour career and also played bogey-free golf over the three days. Fired rounds of 65-64-64--193...At age 50 years, 8 months and 12 days, earned eighth PGA TOUR victory in fourth start of the season at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Fifth-oldest champion in PGA TOUR history and the oldest since Art Wall (51 years, 7 months, 10 day) at the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open. Posted rounds of 62-69-64-71--266 and beat Jose Coceres with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, hitting a 4-iron on the par-3 10th to 6 feet. Joined Craig Stadler as the only players to win in the same season on the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. 2006: Made 25 of 29 cuts (86.21 percent), the highest percentage of his career. Turned 50 halfway through the season and won his first Champions Tour title at the AT&T Championship...Posted final-round 10-under-par 62, one stroke off the English Turn G&CC course record, to finish one stroke behind Chris Couch at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans...Tied Brett Quigley for the TOUR lead in rounds in the 60s with 47. 2005: Earned a career-best $2,830,046 and won in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 seasons...Became the oldest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship at 48 years, nine months and 14 days by defeating Tom Lehman, Scott Verplank and Luke Donald by a stroke on the third Monday finish in the last six years for the tournament. After weather played havoc over the first four days, had to play 33 holes on Monday to capture his seventh career win. Got up and down from the greenside bunker and made a 6-foot putt on 18 to get to 9-under 279, then sat and waited as Donald and Joe Durant, who were one stroke behind him with one hole to play, failed to make birdie to force a playoff. Third player in tournament history with local ties to win THE PLAYERS Championship (Mark McCumber-1988, David Duval-1999). Led the tournament in Driving Accuracy (85.7 percent) and Greens in Regulation (80.6 percent). Earned five-year TOUR exemption that assured him of a spot on the TOUR until age 54...Earned spot on his second Presidents Cup Team (0-2-2). 2004: Won for first time in over six years with victory at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, the site of his last victory in July 1998. The drought spanned 196 tournaments and included 10 runner-up finishes. Became second two-time winner of the tournament after making birdie on the final hole to defeat rookie Ryan Palmer by one stroke (Brian Henninger 1994, 1999). Led by one stroke through 54 holes. Tied 72-hole tournament record on current course with 22-under 266 total (Steve Lowery, Skip Kendall/2000)...Finished ninth on the 2004 Ryder Cup Team points list to make his first Ryder Cup Team at age 48, oldest player to finish in top 10 in U.S. Ryder Cup points. 2003: Posted a career-high nine top-10s, including a T2 at the FBR Capital Open in Potomac, MD...On the strength of T7 finish at PGA Championship, was named as Captain's Pick by Jack Nicklaus to 2003 U.S. Presidents Cup team. 2002: Topped $2 million in earnings for the first time and finished a then-highest 13th on the money list. Had four runner-up finishes, a career best. The last players to have that many runner-up finishes in a year without winning were Davis Love III and Tom Lehman in 1999...T4 at PGA after taking halfway lead and then placed T2 the following week at the NEC Invitational in Seattle. 2001: Finished in the top 20 10 times, including a T3 at the Air Canada Championship and a third at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 2000: Suffered a tear in right knee which required surgery in September, but rebounded by making his last six cuts of the year, including back-to-back top-10s to end the season, a T4 at National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort and T6 at Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 1999: Finished second three times and posted eight top-10s. Runner-up at MasterCard Colonial, Air Canada Championship and B.C. Open (losing Monday playoff to Brad Faxon). 1998: Collected his fifth TOUR victory and for the first time in his 10-year career eclipsed the $1-million mark in earnings. Made 25 of 32 cuts on his way to $1,121,988 season in which he was among top 10 eight times and top 25 17 times. Along with victory, also finished second and third...Earned two-stroke win at Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. After rounds of 69-64, stood one off 36-hole lead. Third-round 69 produced share of the lead. Birdied four holes on Sunday back nine on way to 66...Nearly became two-time winner for first time since 1995 at Buick Challenge, losing a playoff when Steve Elkington parred first extra hole. 1996: Earned fourth victory in five-year stretch, at B.C. Open. Third-round 63 moved him into share of lead with Pete Jordan. After birdieing four of six holes on Sunday, round was canceled due to rain and tournament was reduced to 54 holes. Hit 7-iron approach on first extra hole to within 10 inches to secure victory...Nearly won again the following week when rain reduced Buick Challenge to 36 holes. Was part of five-man playoff won by Michael Bradley. 1995: Opened four-stroke lead through 54 holes of Ideon Classic. Won by one stroke over Jim McGovern after closing 73...Entered final round of Buick Challenge tied with Steve Stricker before closing 67 gave him one-stroke victory over John Morse and Loren Roberts. 1992: First TOUR victory came at Shell Houston Open. Grabbed one-stroke lead with course-record 62 in third round, then shot closing 70 for two-stroke victory over Kirk Triplett. Shot 59 on TPC Scottsdale (Desert Course) during pro-am at Phoenix Open. 1989: Rookie on the PGA TOUR. 1984: Won Foot-Joy National Assistant Pro Championship.
Golf coach at University of Maryland from 1982 through 1988...Also worked as newspaper circulation supervisor before joining TOUR...One of the first TOUR players to have LASIK surgery. One of his bag sponsors is Dr. Whitten & Associates...Named to the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 as well as the state of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame...Active in Jacksonville (FL) community, raising funds for J.T. Townsend, who suffered a spinal cord injury playing high school football in 2004. Assisted in raising money for after-care expenses and building a wheelchair-accessible home for Townsend.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
The Presidents Cup (2), 2003, 2005; Ryder Cup, 2004.