- Birthplace: Laurel, NE
- Residence: Tequesta, FL
- Age: 51
- Turned Pro: 1981
PGA TOUR Victories
1986,Southwest Golf Classic. 1987,Honda Classic. 1988,Bank of Boston Classic. 1989,Phoenix Open, Nissan Los Angeles Open, British Open Championship. 1992,Phoenix Open. 1995,BellSouth Classic. 1997,Greater Vancouver Open. 1998,Honda Classic. 2001,Phoenix Open. 2005,Bell Canadian Open. 2007,PODS Championship.
(1): 2011 Nedbank Seniors Golf Challenge.
(1): 2011 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Kenny Perry and Jay Haas].
2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Toshiba Classic. T7--
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Allianz Championship.
PGA TOUR Best Round
73 at Round 1, The Honda Classic.
Champions Tour Highlights
Despite winning just once, turned in a stellar first full season on the Champions Tour, earning the Byron Nelson Trophy for lowest stroke average (69.04) and finishing second in official earnings, with more than $1.8 million...Made a late run at the Charles Schwab Cup before coming up just 74 points shy of Tom Lehman. Needed to win or finish in a two-way T2 at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship to have a chance to unseat Lehman and made a valiant effort before ending in a four-way tie for the runner-up spot to come up just short...Led the Champions Tour in top-10 finishes, with 15 in his 22 starts on the circuit and was among the top-five in five events, including three majors. Finally broke through for his first career victory in late August at the Boeing Classic near Seattle. Birdied the last three holes of regulation and then birdied the first playoff hole to edge Russ Cochran for the win in his 31st career Tour start. Appeared to have won the event in regulation until Cochran made a 12-foot eagle putt at No. 18 to match his final round of 7-under 65 and send the event into overtime. On the first extra hole, he two-putted from 25 feet for birdie on the par-5 18th as Cochran made bogey after landing in the greenside bunker in two. Win at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge ended a TOUR victory drought of 4 years, 5 months, 17 days and was his third TOUR title in the Pacific Northwest (1997 Greater Vancouver Open and 2005 Bell Canadian Open). Also became the first player in Boeing Classic history to make that event his first Champions Tour title...Named the Champions Tour Player of the Month for August...Prior to winning, was the 18-, 36- and 54-hole co-leader at the Senior British Open and was tied for the lead with Russ Cochran early in the final round before he four-putted the 9th hole at Walton Heath and made double-bogey to fall out of contention. Eventually closed to within two strokes of Cochran late in the round and finished second...Continued his stellar play the following week where he posted four straight rounds in the 60s to claim a solo third-place finish at the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness. Was the only player in the field to post four straight rounds in the 60s...At the season's first major, was the 36- and 54-hole leader at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek but struggled with a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, leaving him T5 in Alabama...Near the end of the year, finished second at the AT&T Championship in October after three successive rounds in the 60s at TPC San Antonio...Led the Champions Tour in Sub-Par Rounds with 57 and, along with Peter Senior, had the most Rounds in the 60s with 43...Following the end of the official season, teamed with Kenny Perry and Jay Haas to win the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas...Also won the Nedbank Seniors Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa, edging Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam by one stroke in the 36-hole event at Gary Player Country Club...Teamed with Nick Price to finish T2 at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples in early December...Played in six PGA TOUR events, making two cuts...Finished T33 at the PGA TOUR's Bob Hope Classic in January after five straight rounds in the 60s in the 90-hole event...Was T59 at the Children's Miracle Network Classic late in the year...A closing-round 67 led to a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam at the Nedbank Senior Challenge in South Africa in December.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Southwest Golf Classic, Honda Classic, Bank of Boston Classic, Phoenix Open, Nissan Los Angeles Open, British Open Championship, Phoenix Open, BellSouth Classic, Greater Vancouver Open, Honda Classic, Phoenix Open, Bell Canadian Open, PODS Championship.
2010: Joined the Champions Tour in June and made a quick impression, with six top-10 finishes in 14 starts and an 18th-place finish on the final money list...Best showing came in August when he shared the 36-hole lead with David Frost at the 3M Championship, but could do no better than solo second place after Frost blew away the field with an 11-under-par 61 Sunday for a seven-stroke victory at TPC Twin Cities...Was the first-round leader at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and was in contention throughout, before eventually finishing T3...Made his debut at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and was T6. Registered three straight rounds in the 60s at En-Joie and made just one bogey in the 54-hole event, the fewest of any player in the field...Found himself in second place after 36 holes of the British Open but dropped into an eventual 73rd-place showing after posting rounds of 77-80 on the weekend at St. Andrews.
In 2002, inducted into Phoenix Open Hall of Fame, becoming only the 15th person and sixth golfer put into the Hall, which was established in 1985. Other golfers include Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi...Father was bowling center proprietor in Nebraska. At age 13, Mark had a 185 average. Now has a 205 average and wife, Brenda, has a 150 average. The pair have two lanes in their home called The Lanes of Villa Nahar and they were heavily involved in a 2010 charity initiative dubbed Shake, Rattle and Bowl, a PGA TOUR Wives' fundraiser held in conjunction with The Honda Classic...Concentrated on golf when family moved from Nebraska to Florida. Played as many as 72 holes a day during the summer months...Owns three dogs, Miss Ellie (dalmatian-beagle mix), Brutus Buckeye (Jack Russell terrier) and Mollie (white boxer)...Drives to many events in a motorhome purchased late in the 2011 season...Once played a round of golf with Jack Nicklaus at age 14 at Lost Tree GC. Says he was so excited he didn't fall asleep the night before...His first hole-in-one came at age 18 at the University GC at the University of Florida. Says it was a 6-iron from 175 yards into the wind and sun and it flew in...Favorite golf course is Sandhills in Nebraska.
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