Jay Don Blake
St. George, UT
- Birthplace: St. George, UT
- Residence: St. George, UT
- Age: 53
- Turned Pro: 1981
PGA TOUR Victories
1991,Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.
(3): 1980 NCAA Championship [indiv]. 1988 Utah Open. 1991 Argentine Open.
2012 Champions Tour Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Champions Tour Best Round
67 at Round 3, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
67 at Round 2, ACE Group Classic.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.
2011 Season Highlights
Posted a pair of 67s on the weekend at Hualalai to finish second at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, two strokes back of fellow Utah resident Dan Forsman. Was 2-under for his first 13 holes of the event but played his last 41 holes at Hualalai bogey-free, making 11 birdies in the process. Dating to 2011, the runner-up finish at the Mitsubishi event marked the third time in the last six events he's either won or finished second.
2011: Turned a good year into an outstanding season with a pair of wins in the last five of his 20 appearances. Started the campaign as a conditionally-exempt player (34th on prior-year earnings list) but ended the season with a pair of victories, the last of only four players with multiple wins on the year, and over $1.5 million in earnings, more than twice what he made in his first two Champions Tour years combined...Broke through for his first title at the Songdo IBD Championship in South Korea. Prevailed in a five-hole playoff over John Cook, Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara. Birdied the fifth extra hole to defeat Cook after Senior and O'Meara were eliminated after three extra holes. South Korea victory made him the fourth of six first-time winners on the 2011 Champions Tour and came in his 424th career start on all three Tours since last winning on the PGA TOUR at the 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open in San Diego. Victory in South Korea also netted him the biggest winner's check of his career, $456,000, and also pushed him over the $1-million mark in earnings for the first time...Earned September Player of the Month honors as a result of his triumph in Asia...Closed the season in style by winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Moved atop the leaderboard after a 66 in the third round. With an even-par 71 in the final round, he managed to hold off four contenders by two strokes in cool, windy conditions. Became the eighth player to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in his first appearance and the first to do so since Mark McNulty in 2004. Earned 880 Charles Schwab Cup points and vaulted from 13th place to fourth in the final standings, earning him an additional $200,000 payout...Nearly won his first event in mid-April but fell in a one-hole playoff with Cook at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Appeared he would merely be in line for a top-three finish after posting a 9-under-par 204. However, Cook and Russ Cochran, both playing one group behind, made double-bogeys at No. 18, leaving Cook tied at 9-under-par and Cochran two behind. Cook eventually prevailed in a playoff with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Teamed with Art Ensley to win the pro-am portion of the event by two strokes over Cook and his partner Todd Wagner...Started 2011 campaign by matching his Champions Tour career-best score with an opening-round 64 at the Allianz Championship and eventually finished T6...Trailed by three strokes after 36 holes of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and eventually finished T6 in Endicott...Followed up his Songdo victory with a T6 at the SAS Championship. 2010: Took advantage of limited opportunities and finished 34th on final money list. Played in 15 events, successfully open-qualifying four times early in the campaign...Eventually earned temporary exempt status from the reshuffle...First raised eyebrows when he shared the third-round lead with Tom Lehman at the Senior PGA Championship at the Colorado GC in May before eventually finishing T8 after a closing-round 77...Best performance of the season came in Scotland at the Senior British Open. Was one of three players to grab a share of the first-round lead in July at Carnoustie and remained on the leaderboard throughout the weekend before eventually finishing T3...Started his season by open qualifying for the Allianz Championship in February and contended for much of the event before eventually finishing T9 in Boca Raton...Open-qualified once again in May at the Regions Charity Classic and went on to finish T7...Was T7 near the end of the season at the Administaff Small Business Classic, thanks to a final-round 69 at The Woodlands...Followed his effort near Houston with a T6 finish the following week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Trailed 36-hole leader Larry Nelson by one stroke but a final-round, 1-under 70 dropped him into a T6 at Oak Hills. 2009: Was conditionally-exempt in 2009 after finishing eighth at the 2008 National Qualifying Tournament. Played in 12 events, successfully open-qualifying three times. Best performance was a T4 at the Regions Charity Classic after getting into the event via a sponsor's exemption. At the time, it was his best showing in a Tour event since he was third at the 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii.
A drag-racing aficionado, he attended the National Hot Rod Association driving school in December 1995. A regular competitor, won hot-rod sprint in fall of 1996. Professional drag racer Bob Vandergriff, Jr. has caddied for him...Knew by age 12 he wanted to be a professional golfer.
Champions Tour Playoff Record