- Birthplace: Quincy, IL
- Residence: Frisco, TX
- Birth Date: 05/25/1953
- Age: 57
- Height: 6-1
- Eligibility Code: 23
- Turned Pro: 1975
PGA TOUR Victories
1979,Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open. 1987,Beatrice Western Open. 1991,Hardee's Golf Classic. 1995,Quad City Classic. 1996,Canon Greater Hartford Open.
(3): 1985 Golf Digest Polaroid Cup, Shell-Air New Zealand Open. 1989 Family House Invitational.
2010 Champions Tour Money and Position
Champions Tour Best Round
67 at Round 1, Toshiba Classic.
67 at Round 3, Toshiba Classic.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open, Beatrice Western Open, Hardee's Golf Classic, Quad City Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open.
2009 Season Highlights
A herniated disc in his back as well as family issues forced him to miss some events in the spring as well as three months during the summer. After playing in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in late June, did not return to action until the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in late September (T31)...The following week near Raleigh, posted three consecutive sub-par scores and finished T9 at the SAS Championship, his best effort of the year...Back woes forced him out of action once again after one round at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and played just one event after that at the Administaff Small Business Classic (T46). Made an appearance at THE PLAYERS Championship but had to withdraw early in the first round with back issues.
2008: Claimed one of the year's big prizes when he won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Baltimore CC in October. It was the first major title of his professional career and ended an 0-for-64 drought in major championships (0-39 on the PGA TOUR, 0-25 on the Champions Tour). His victory at Five Farms during the fall campaign was his fifth overall Champions Tour title, matching his victory total on the PGA TOUR. His 72-hole total of 9-under 271 was the highest score in relation to par to win the Senior Players since Jim Albus claimed the 1991 event with a score of 9-under 279 at the TPC Michigan. Started the final round one stroke back of Nick Price and trailed him by four strokes after four holes Sunday. However, took the lead for good with a par at No. 10 and then played his last eight holes in 1-under for a one-stroke victory over Fred Funk...Closed his season with a nice effort at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where he was T5. That finish, combined with his win near Baltimore earlier in the month, helped him earn October Player of the Month honors. 2007: Made a 9 1/2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the 3M Championship, his fourth career title on the Champions Tour and first victory on the circuit in a little more than two years. Trailed Jay Haas by two strokes with three holes to play, but seized the championship with birdies on each of the last three holes at the TPC Twin Cities. Caught Haas with a birdie at No. 17 after he rifled a 5-iron shot to within 3 feet of the flag. His 18-under 198 total was his second-lowest 54-hole score on the Champions Tour that year and was just one stroke off the 3M event record. Donated $10,000 to help the Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross after the I-35W bridge collapse earlier in the week...Had a nice effort at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in May when he fired three straight rounds in the 60s to finish second, two strokes behind Scott Hoch near Austin. Helped his cause with a first-round hole-in-one, sinking a 6-iron from 193 yards on No. 3...Champions Tour August Player of the Month. 2006: Had his best showing in the opening event of the year, a T3 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai. Was the only player in the field who didn't make a bogey, a first on the Champions Tour since Doug Tewell went bogey-free en route to the 2004 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn title. His 22-under 194 score in Hawaii included a final-round 63, matching his career-low round on the Champions Tour. 2005: Third career win came in May when he was a two-stroke victor over Tom Kite and Tom Jenkins at the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Was the only player in the field to have three straight rounds in the 60s...Almost successfully defended his Allianz Championship title two weeks later at the Tournament Club of Iowa. Got off to a fast start and held the final-round lead most of the day before eventually ending in a playoff with Tom Jenkins. Missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of overtime and then lost playoff when he missed a nine-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole...Narrowly missed another chance earlier in the year when he was T2 at the SBC Classic in March, falling one stroke shy of winner Des Smyth...Led the U.S. Senior Open with two holes to play but slipped into a T2 after a bogey-bogey finish. Was one of just two players (Greg Norman) in the field to post four consecutive sub-par scores in the event. Performance at NCR CC was his best ever at the time in any major championship...Voted as the Player of the Month in June. 2004: Led the Champions Tour with 15 top-10 finishes in 25 appearances...Got an early birthday present when he went wire to wire at the Allianz Championship for his fifth Tour victory in the Midwest. Three-stroke win over Tom Jenkins near Des Moines was his second Champions Tour career title and propelled him to May Player of the Month honors...Also closed with 65 at Nashawtuc and T2 in the Bank of America Championship near Boston, four strokes back of Craig Stadler. 2003: Did not become eligible for the Champions Tour until June, yet was one of three rookies to finish among the top 30 money-winners...Among the top five in two events before he became the seventh first-time winner of the season at Prestonwood CC near Raleigh, NC. Despite suffering from flu-like symptoms, rallied from five strokes back to claim the SAS Championship. Appeared to be out of contention after a three-putt at No. 16, but finished eagle-birdie to defeat Bobby Wadkins and Tom Kite by a stroke. Victory was his first in over seven years on TOUR and also made him the 25th different winner in 2003, tying the all-time Champions Tour record for most different champions in a season (25 in 1995).
Son, Matt, was a two-time All-America at Georgia Tech and turned pro following graduation. Played on the Nationwide Tour from 2003-08 and played on the PGA TOUR in 2009 after finishing in the top 25 on the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list. Also a PGA TOUR member in 2010...Daughter Katey is pursuing a professional dancing career. Daughter Allie attends the University of Oklahoma...Was an all-state basketball player in Illinois...Became a good friend of former NBA basketball star Doug Collins while at Illinois State...Enjoys watching reruns of "The West Wing," "Will & Grace" and "Seinfeld." Best friend in golf is Peter Jacobsen...Got started in golf when his dad cut down a wooden-shafted putter for him when he was 5.
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