Allianz Championship, Toshiba Classic, Regions Charity Classic.
Champions Tour Best Round
67 at Round 2, Allianz Championship.
67 at Round 2, Toshiba Classic.
Champions Tour Highlights
Had an impressive start to his season in Florida. Shared the 36-hole lead with Gil Morgan before shooting a final-round 71, which left him T4 with Morgan and Mark James at the Allianz Championship...Was T4 again at the Toshiba Classic, making just two bogeys in the event with three consecutive rounds in the 60s at Newport Beach CC...Added another T4 finish to his 2009 resume when he posted rounds of 68-69 at the rain-shortened Regions Charity Classic in May.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic.
2008: Returned to the top 30 on the money list after missing by just $4,079 the previous year. It was the ninth time in 11 years he has been among the top 30...Had a strong effort early in the campaign in Naples, where he was T2 at The ACE Group Classic. Led by two strokes after 36 holes but missed critical birdie opportunities on his final two holes to eventually finish in a four-way tie. Was joined in the extra session by Scott Hoch, Brad Bryant and Tom Kite. Hoch made a birdie on the first extra hole for the win...Also finished T2 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in mid-September. Was tied for the 36-hole lead with R.W. Eaks but carded a final-round 75 and finished in a tie for the runner-up spot with Tom Kite, four strokes back om Eaks. His 19 birdies in the Hickory event were the most made last year and one short of the tournament record...Also T5 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am early in the season and T7 at the JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon, his best performance in the event since 2005...Was two strokes back of Ben Crenshaw after 36 holes of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship but eventually placed T11 after playing final 36 holes in 1-over...Closed his year with a T5 effort at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Just missed matching the tournament-scoring mark when he fired a second-round, 8-under-par 64. Underwent surgery on his left knee in December to repair a torn medial meniscus. 2007: Streak of years among the top-30 money-winners ended at eight straight after finishing 31st in earnings, just $4,079 back of Jim Thorpe for the 30th spot which would have qualified him for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Pocketed $600,959, ending his run of consecutive million-dollar seasons at eight straight, as well...Also did not win a tournament for the first time in five years...Best effort among five top-10s was a T4 at the AT&T Champions Classic in March...Shared the opening-round lead at the 3M Championship with Thorpe after carding an 8-under 64 Friday, his low score of the season. Eventually finished T5 at the TPC Twin Cities...Gave himself a chance at making the top 30 after finishing T6 late in the year at the Administaff Small Business Classic. Made just one bogey in the event...Started his season with a T7 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai and also T8 during the summer at the Bank of America Championship near Boston. Was three strokes back of Tom Purtzer after two rounds at Nashawtuc but dropped back after a final-round 73. 2006: Broke through for his seventh career victory when he was a one-stroke winner over Loren Roberts and Chip Beck at the weather-shortened SAS Championship near Raleigh. Fired rounds of 68-66 and held a one-stroke margin following Saturday's round before overnight rains forced cancellation of the final round. Picked up $300,000 for his win, the largest check of his career...Also lost to John Harris in a playoff in the Commerce Bank Championship at the Red Course at Eisenhower Park. Was the 36-hole leader in the event but was caught by Harris on the final day despite shooting a 2-under 69 in the final round. Made a sparkling par save on the first hole of overtime only to lose to a birdie by Harris moments later...Fired a tournament record-tying and career-best, 11-under-par 61 at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic which led to a T3 finish...Was also third at the AT&T Classic. Four-under 68 on Sunday at Valencia matched the low round of the day...Was T2 in Sub-Par Rounds, with 52 (Gil Morgan led, with 57). 2005: Earned a career-best total of nearly $1.5 million which placed him sixth on the money list, his highest standing ever...Won for the sixth time on the Champions Tour, defeating D.A. Weibring with a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole at the Allianz Championship near Des Moines. Birdied four of six holes during one stretch on the back nine and kept his composure after missing a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 17 that would have given him the win in regulation. Win capped a run of five top-five finishes in six appearances that started when he was the runner-up to Des Smyth at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Also finished T2 at the SAS Championship, two strokes behind Hale Irwin who played the final nine holes in 6-under-par...Was T2 earlier in the year at the Bruno's Memorial Classic...Made his third career ace on the Champions Tour during the second round of the 3M Championship (4-iron, 200 yards, No. 13). Hole-in-one in Minnesota was his 12th eagle of the season. Eventually finished with 17 eagles which led all Champions Tour players. 2004: Lone victory came in April when a final-round 63 helped him cruise to a five-stroke win at the Blue Angels Classic, his fifth career title on the Champions Tour. Moved into contention with a second-round 65 at The Moors and then vaulted into the lead for good with birdies on three of his first four holes Sunday...Second to Craig Stadler at the SAS Championship in September and finished three shots behind D.A. Weibring at the Allianz Championship. 2003: Tied Allen Doyle for the most sub-par rounds during the year (64) and 41 of his 94 total rounds were in the 60s (T2)...Highlight of his season came in early May when he registered his fourth career win on the Champions Tour at the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Broke away from Bruce Fleisher and Hale Irwin with a final-round 67 for a three-stroke victory. Needed just 78 total putts over 54 holes at Greystone and became eligible for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (five combined career titles) as a result of his triumph near Birmingham...Came close to winning earlier in the year in Mexico, but along with three other players, fell one stroke short of first-time winner David Eger at the MasterCard Classic...His 7-under-par 63 in the final round at the Long Island Classic included a 6-under 28 on the front nine, the season's lowest numerical nine-hole score...Joined John Bland as the only other Champions Tour player with multiple aces during the year. First made a hole-in-one in the third round of the JELD-WEN Tradition when he aced No. 7 at The Reserve with a 4-iron from 203 yards and then notched his seventh career ace in the second round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship when he used a 9-iron from 138 yards on No. 17 at Sonoma GC. Was T5 at the Ford Senior Players Championship, his top effort in a senior major (since equalled at 2005 Senior PGA Championship and 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition). 2002: Won north of the border for the second time when he triumphed at the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. Opened with a 63 at Essex and closed with 64 to defeat Walter Morgan, Morris Hatalsky and Bruce Lietzke by three strokes. In winning, became first player since Don January (1983-84) to win multiple Champions Tour titles in Canada...Made strong bid for second win of the year, closing with a career-best 10-under-par 62 at the Kroger Senior Classic, which also tied the course record set earlier in the day by Bruce Lietzke. However, fell in a two-hole playoff with Bob Gilder, the second year in succession he lost in a playoff at the event...T10 at the Toshiba Senior Classic after playing all 54 holes without a bogey, the first senior to do so since Joe Inman at the 2000 EMC Kaanapali Classic. 2001: The only one of 16 millionaires that season who did not win an event...Knocked on the victory door three times only to come up short with three runner-up finishes. Was in the hunt throughout The Instinet Classic, but finished two strokes back of Gil Morgan. One of only three players in the Novell Utah Showdown field to card three consecutive sub-70 rounds, but came up one stroke shy of Steve Veriato in Park City. Had victory snatched from his grasp at the Kroger Senior Classic. Closed with a then-career-best 7-under 63 at Kings Island on Sunday and was two strokes up on Jim Thorpe with one hole to play. Dramatic eagle by Thorpe forced a playoff and then a birdie by Thorpe on the first extra hole proved to be the winner. 2000: Earned his second career title as a senior at the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. Made birdie on the final hole to nip Kermit Zarley by a stroke at St. Charles CC in Winnipeg. Victory came just over a month after his wife, Martha, delivered Tom Jr. 1999: Voted by his peers as the Champions Tour's Comeback Player of the Year...Won the Bell Atlantic Classic in a playoff. Defeated Jim Thorpe with a birdie on the first extra hole for his first Champions Tour victory and first TOUR title since the 1975 IVB-Philadelphia Classic. Win at Hartefeld National made him the fifth of a record 11 first-time winners on the season. 1998: Contended for the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship crown in Calgary, but finished T2 behind Brian Barnes. 1997: Earned a conditional exemption for 1998 by placing 10th at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament in November.
Biggest thrills in golf have been playing on the University of Houston's 1970 NCAA championship team, all of his victories on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and playing with both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus...Biggest thrill outside of golf is being at the birth of his three children...Got started in golf by watching his father and older brother...A college teammate of John Mahaffey...His brother owns Winged Canyon, a winery in the Napa Valley...Favorite golf course is Pebble Beach...Enjoys watching "MASH" and "Seinfeld" reruns and was a big fan of Bob Hope's shows...American cyclist Lance Armstrong is his favorite athlete...Enjoys Mexican food...Best friend on the Champions Tour is Bruce Fleisher.