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Bruce Vaughan

  • Birthplace: Kankakee, IL
  • Residence: Hutchinson, KS
  • Birth Date: September 10, 1956
  • height: 6-3
  • Turned Pro: 1982

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Champions Tour Victories

(1) 2008,The Senior Open Championship.

Other Victories

(1): 1994 Autopage Mount Edgecombe Trophy.

2009 Champions Tour Money and Position

$160,325 (39)

Champions Tour Best Round

67 at Round 3, Toshiba Classic. 67 at Round 2, The Cap Cana Championship.

Career Best Champions Tour Finishes

1-- The Senior Open Championship.

Career Highlights

2008: Was not fully exempt at the start of the year but took full advantage of his partial exemption and open-qualifed three times to play himself into the top 30 on the final money list. Stellar play allowed him to move up 21 spots on the list, finishing 23rd when the season was completed...Managed to pick up his first Champions Tour victory when he broke through on one of golf's storied venues, defeating John Cook in a playoff at the Senior British Open at Royal Troon. Was the 18- and 36-hole leader and trailed John Cook by just one stroke after 54 holes. Was still three behind starting the back nine on Sunday, but took advantage of Cook's misfortune on the final nine holes which included two bogeys and a double bogey. His bogey at No. 18 set up a playoff, and Vaughan's 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole secured the title. Among his spoils were a career-best check for $315,600, a berth in the 2009 British Open, as well as a five-year exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. He also became the 22nd player in Champions Tour history to record a major championship for his first career win...Victory in Scotland came just weeks after his mother died in a car accident in Kansas while returning from watching him play in Iowa...Earlier in July, made another nice showing at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. After finishing second one year earlier, he fired three consecutive rounds in the 60s to post a T5 finish at the En-Joie GC...Was among the early leaders at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and eventually T7 in North Carolina...Made his first Champions Tour hole-in-one, and eighth overall in his career, during the third round of the Senior PGA Championship. Aced the 164-yard sixth hole at Oak Hill with a 7-iron. 2007: Began the season as an open qualifier and finished among the top 25 in nine of 17 appearances, earning a partial exemption in 2008 from his standing on the 2007 money list...Successfully open-qualified eight times in 14 attempts but did not get into his first event until late March at the inaugural Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach (T16)...Highlight of his season came at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in upstate New York. Was in contention throughout before finishing second, three strokes back of R.W. Eaks. Second-round 64 at En-Joie GC was his best round of the season. The $140,800 check he earned moved him into the top 50 on the money list for good...Benefited from the Champions Tour reshuffle after the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and played four of the last five events of the year from that eligibility category. 2006: Finished T3 at the 2006 National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Eagle Trace, rallying from an opening-round 74 with scores of 70-70-67. His 5-under-par 67 was the best final round among the 83-player field on the last day...Qualified for the British Open but missed the cut.

Personal

Did not take up golf until age 20, when he began going with friends during his days off as a fireman in Hutchinson, KS...Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Champions Tour player Ralph Terry helped him learn the game.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

1-0

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