Opened with an 8-under-par 64, matching his career low on the Champions Tour, to share the first-round lead with Bernhard Langer at the Allianz Championship. Trailed Gil Morgan and Tom Jenkins by one stroke after 36 holes before a final-round 72 eventually left him with a T12 finish in Florida.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
U.S. Open Championship, Canadian Open, Phoenix Open, Southern Open, Southern Open, Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, Pensacola Open, Tournament Players Championship.
2008: Experienced another season cut short due to injury, making just 10 starts...Started his year as a conditionally-exempt player but quickly returned to fully-exempt status in the first official, full-field event of the season. Recorded his second Champions Tour career victory, at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii, besting Fulton Allem and Jim Thorpe by two strokes. Was the only player in the field to record three consecutive sub-par rounds at Turtle Bay. Dedicated win to Kevin Wilk, an acclaimed director of sports medicine and rehabilitation at the Andrews Institute, whose son had passed away just two weeks prior to the tournament. Started final round four strokes back of Gil Morgan and carded a 2-under 70 in relentless tradewinds to eventually triumph. His Sunday score equaled the low round of the day (Wayne Grady) and helped end a winless drought of 38 Champions Tour events...Nearly made it two wins in succession in his next start. Was the 36-hole leader at the Allianz Championship after opening rounds of 66-67, but closed with a 1-over 73 to finish T9...He and teammate Andy Bean finished T4 in the Legends Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah...Also was T5 at the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia, CA...In late May, withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship after a first-round 84 and did not play again in 2008. Underwent his fifth surgery on his left shoulder, a cartilage reattachment, on July 25 and also had a procedure done on his left knee for a torn meniscus. Subsequent rehab kept him out of action for the remainder of the season. 2007: Slipped from 32nd the previous season to 41st on the final money list...Was T9 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, his first start since right-shoulder surgery in July 2006...Second top-10 finish came in August when he posted three consecutive sub-par rounds on his way to a T8 at the Boeing Classic. Fell just one stroke shy of the record seven-man playoff.2006: Season was limited to just 14 starts after shoulder woes forced him to the sidelines midway through the summer...Underwent surgery July 21 in Birmingham, AL, to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder. Missed the remainder of the season while undergoing an extensive rehabilitation program...Earned his first win in 23 years, 11 months, 5 days when he prevailed at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in February near Tampa FL. Birdied the final hole to hold off a trio of contenders, including Hale Irwin, Mark James and Morris Hatalsky. Hit a 5-iron from 165 yards to within 10 1/2 feet to set up his winning birdie. Capped his post-round celebration jumping into a nearby pond at No. 18, replicating his feat almost 24 years after winning the Tournament Players Championship and taking a dip in the lake at TPC Sawgrass. His winning check for $240,000 was the largest of his professional career, and the win came in his 54th start on the Champions Tour. 2005: Followed his successful rookie campaign with another solid season, finishing in the top 30 on the money list for the second straight year...Missed a golden opportunity to win the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley in May. Held a one-stroke lead with one hole to play, but three-putted from 25 feet for a bogey-6 on the last hole of regulation to fall back into a playoff with Mike Reid and Dana Quigley. Eventually lost to Reid on the first extra hole when he missed an eight-foot birdie putt that would have extended the overtime session...Won the Par-3 Contest at the Masters in April. 2004: Made Champions Tour debut at the Royal Caribbean Golf Classic and was T23 at The Links at Key Biscayne, posting the best 36-hole score of anyone in the field on the weekend...Made a serious bid for his first victory on the Champions Tour when he was the 36-hole leader at the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic. Led by two strokes entering the final round, but eventually finished fifth on the Red Course at Eisenhower Park, two strokes back of eventual winner Jim Thorpe. Came close again in late August when he took the lead at the JELD-WEN Tradition with two holes to play following an eagle at No. 16, but finished bogey-bogey to T2, one stroke behind Craig Stadler...Finished second to Allen Doyle at the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am near Kansas City. Did not get the chance to battle Doyle on Sunday after the final round was canceled due to weather-related damage to the course the previous night. 2003: Was expected to make his Champions Tour debut in September shortly after turning 50, but July surgery forced him to postpone plans...Underwent surgery on his left shoulder, the same one he had done in 1987. Dr. James Andrews performed the "cleaning out" surgery in July. Pate spent the remainder of the year undergoing rehabilitation.
Served as a color analyst on CBS, ABC and BBC golf broadcasts during the decade of the 1990s...Wife, Soozi, and Bruce Lietzke's wife, Rose, are sisters...Received degree from Alabama in summer of 2001, walking through graduation ceremonies with daughter, Jenni...Involved in the golf course design business and also owns and operates a wholesale distributorship for Toro, Echo and Lawn-Boy outdoor power and irrigation products that services seven southeastern states...Biggest thrill in golf was winning the 1976 U.S. Open...Lists his favorite golf shot as the 5-iron he hit to win THE PLAYERS Championship...Biggest thrills away from golf were the birth of his children and his graduation from Alabama...Always marks his ball with coin on tails...Favorite golf courses are Cypress Point, St. Andrews and National GL...Enjoys watching The Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel. His all-time favorite movie is "Animal House."...Favorite athlete is Arnold Palmer. Likes watching Clint Eastwood movies...Enjoys Italian food...Favorite band is Widespread Panic...An award-winning golf course designer, with more than 30 projects worldwide...Maintains a busy schedule, overseeing project design and development on his courses across the country...Renovated Pensacola CC and received Golf Inc.'s 2007 Renovation of the Year Award...Designed Kiva Dunes and Limestone Springs in Alabama, both consistently ranked in the top-100 public courses in the U.S...Co-designed courses that have hosted the U.S. Women's Open-Old Waverly in West Point, MS (1999), and Indianwood GC in Lake Orion, MI (1989, 1994)...In February 2008, became the fifth person inducted into the Pensacola City of Champions Wall of Fame by the Pensacola Sports Association.