Managed to scatter six top-25 showings over his 20 appearances...Best effort came in his first official start of the year. Used a final-round 70 to move up 19 spots into a T4 at the Turtle Bay Championship. Despite relentless tradewinds Sunday in Hawaii, played his last 13 holes in 3-under to shoot 70, equaling the low round of the day (Jerry Pate). Performance on Oahu's North Shore was his best on TOUR since winning the 1990 PGA Championship...Was also T11 at both the AT&T Champions Classic in California and the Bank of America Championship near Boston...Successfully defended his Australian Senior Open title in November, defeating David Merriman by two strokes.
2007: Became eligible for the Champions Tour through the PGA TOUR Career Victory List in late July at the Senior British Open but missed the cut at Muirfield in his debut on the circuit...Battled through an assortment of physical ailments during the remainder of the year...Best effort was a T22 at the Boeing Classic near Seattle, thanks to a final-round 68...Won the Australian Senior Open Championship at Concord near the end of the year in a strange fashion. Claimed the title by one stroke over David Merriman after Merriman was assessed a two-stroke penalty after play had been completed. It was discovered that Merriman's caddie had raked a bunker prior to his shot from a different spot in the sand.
Former chairman of the Australasian PGA Tour...As youngster, dreamed about someday becoming a pilot in Australian Air Force...First turned professional at age 16, then regained amateur status and then turned professional for good at age 21...Part-owner of a popular sports bar in Brisbane...Enjoys flying, fishing and cricket...Lists steak as his favorite food, Tom Hanks as his favorite actor, and enjoys listening to Bee Gees music...Has conducted charity golf tournamnets in Australia to benefit the Down's Syndrome Association...Biggest thrill outside of golf was landing on the USS Enterprise and spending five hours with the crew...One of his superstitions is not using a No. 4 ball...Dream foursome would be his parents and Joe Shapiro...Keeps a bottle opener in his golf bag...Favorite book is Game of Shadows...Best friends on the Champions Tour are Nick Price and Mark Wiebe...Heroes are Tom Watson and Alan Border, a professional cricket player.