The ACE Group Classic, Regions Charity Classic. 5--
The Cap Cana Championship.
Champions Tour Best Round
66 at Round 2, The Cap Cana Championship.
66 at Round 2, Regions Charity Classic.
Champions Tour Highlights
Matched his best career Champions Tour finish when he was second to Loren Roberts at The ACE Group Classic. Was the 36-hole leader and was on top midway through the back nine Sunday before losing by one stroke when Roberts made birdie on three of the last four holes...Claimed another second-place finish when he ended three strokes behind Keith Fergus at the rain-shortened Regions Charity Classic in May near Birmingham. Shared the lead with Fergus at 10-under-par when second-round play was halted Saturday but was unable to make a birdie over his final four holes to fall three shy of Fergus, who built on his lead over his final nine holes...Posted consecutive rounds in the 60s on the weekend at The Cap Cana Championship and finished fifth.
Career Best Champions Tour Finishes
Charles Schwab Cup Championship, The ACE Group Classic, Regions Charity Classic.
2008: Was perhaps the biggest surprise among competitiors on the 2008 Champions Tour. After claiming co-medalist honors at the 2007 National Qualifying Tournament, took full advantage of his opportunities via open qualifying to eventually finish 19th on the final money list, with $1,022,061. Open-qualified a total of eight times and finished in the top 10 in half of those, earning him a spot in the next full-field event...Strong early showings also allowed him to earn berths in the Senior PGA Championship (T9) and the Senior British Open (T5), where he also finished in the top 10...Capped his remarkable year by finishing in second place at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship...Recorded 10 top-10 finishes during the year in 22 starts...Made a quick impression when he open qualified and finished T8 at The ACE Group Classic in February...Quickly qualified for three more events the following month and was T9 in the third at The Cap Cana Championship, where he shot rounds of 68-69 on the weekend...Took advantage of two more open-qualifying opportunities to contend and finish T4 at the Commerce Bank Championship and did likewise at the 3M Championship ,where he was fourth. Was in contention throughout the Minnesota event, playing in the final grouping for the first time on the Champions Tour and got within two strokes of eventual winner R.W. Eaks, midway through the back nine Sunday. Played the final three holes in 3-over (bogey, double bogey, par) to fall back...Continued his strong play the following week at the Senior British Open, where he posted successsive 68s on the weekend to finish T5 at Royal Troon...Was T8 at the AT&T Championship after posting three consecutive rounds in the 60s at Oak Hills...Competed on a limited basis on the Sunbelt Senior Tour as well and posted wins at the Citrus Open and the South Carolina Senior Open. It was his third victory in in the last four years at the South Carolina Senior Open.
His parents got him started in the game as a two-year-old...Father (Gene) is golf professional in the Orlando area...His two favorite courses on the Champions Tour are the Punta Espada GC at Cap Cana and TPC Snoqualmire Ridge...Says his favorite golf foursome would include his father, daughter and Al Besselink...Favorite athlete is Tom Watson...If he weren't playing golf, says he'd like to be a sports psychologist.