One year after finishing T6 at the Toshiba Classic, used a final-round, 4-under 67 at Newport Beach CC to move up into a T4 at the event.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Southern Open, USF&G Classic, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic.
2008: Used five top-10 finishes, one short of his top-10 total over the previous two years combined, to secure a spot among the top-30 money-winners on the Champions Tour for the first time. Made in excess of $750,000 in a season for the first time since 1990 on the PGA TOUR ($809,772) and standing on the final money list (26th) was also his highest since 1990...Season highlighted by two runner-up performances in the first third of the season. Used a late chip-in birdie on the final hole to vault into a T2 with Lonnie Nielsen at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, eight strokes behind Bernhard Langer. Was T2 again a month later at the FedEx Kinko's Classic. Benefitted from a late collapse by Nick Price to briefly seize the lead after 16 holes on Sunday but missed a five-foot par effort on the 17th hole to drop back into a tie and then missed a 20-foot birdie on the final hole that could have gotten him into a playoff with Denis Watson...Also turned in a strong showing at the Toshiba Classic in March. Was the 18- and 36-hole co-leader at the JELD-WEN Tradition and played in the final grouping Sunday with Fred Funk and Jay Haas, a first for him since the 2006 Senior British Open. Final-round 77 at Crosswater Club dropped him into a T18 in Oregon...Last top-10 effort of the campaign came in mid-October when he put together three straight sub-par rounds, which led to a T6 finish at the Administaff Small Business Classic...Made a hole-in-one in the final round at the SAS Championship when he aced No. 11, using a 6-iron on the 177-yard hole at Prestonwood CC. It was his first Champions Tour ace and his first PGA TOUR-sanctioned hole-in-one since the 1979 Memorial Tournament. 2007: Top tournament of the year came in late May at Kiawah Island. Recovered from an opening-round 76 to place solo fifth at the Senior PGA Championship, his best effort since the 2006 Senior British Open (fifth). 2006: Earned Comeback Player of the Year honors for his steady season. Played in the final group Sunday at the Senior British Open at Turnberry and finished fifth in Scotland, his best performance in a major championship since T5 at the 1990 U.S. Open...Recorded his first top-five finish on the circuit when his closing-round 67 at the Nicklaus GC at LionsGate vaulted him into a T5 at Greater Kansas City Golf Classic...Prepped for the Champions Tour by playing in several mini-tour stops and won the Olde Sycamore Open on the Tarheel Tour a month prior to turning 50...Debuted on the Champions Tour at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin and T59.
At age 7, severed tendon in left thumb and only has about 70 percent of average flexibility in it...Contracted Lyme disease on a hunting trip in 1991 and several years later was diagnosed as having neurological damage in his left hand, a hereditary condition known as a benign essential tumor. After several unsuccessful attempts with various medications, he underwent nine hours of brain surgery in March 2005 to correct the problem. Known as DBS (deep brain stimulation), doctors implanted an electrode in the brain which is attached to a surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator in his upper chest which corrected the problem...Also underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck in 2001...Credits the late Sam Snead and J.C. Snead, long-time friends, with helping his game along through practice rounds and time on the range...Says he admires friend Ben Crenshaw for the World Golf Hall of Famer being the "consummate gentleman."...Continues to work with his life-long teacher, Art Kraft...Was voted the 1990 Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year...In 1991, began carrying specially designed golf bag that featured a picture of a missing child from the area where tournament was being played. Someone saw his bag at the Masters, recognized the child and called the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. The child was eventually recovered...Lists Harbour Town GL and Cypress Point GC as his favorite courses...Enjoys watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and reruns of "Seinfeld." Enjoys barbecue, and says "Jeremiah Johnson" is his favorite movie...Lives part-time in Hamilton, MT...Carries a rabbit's foot on his golf bag for good luck...At completion of 2006 season, underwent triple-hernia surgery.