John  Cook

John Cook

Windermere, FL

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Toledo, OH
  • Residence: Windermere, FL
  • Age: 54
  • Turned Pro: 1979

PGA TOUR Victories

(11) 1981,Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. 1983,Canadian Open. 1987,The International. 1992,Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, United Airlines Hawaiian Open, Las Vegas Invitational. 1996,FedEx St. Jude Classic, CVS Charity Classic. 1997,Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. 1998,GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 2001,Reno-Tahoe Open.

Other Victories

(5): 1982 Sao Paulo Open. 1983 World Cup [with Rex Caldwell]. 1994 Fred Meyer Challenge [with Mark O'Meara]. 1995 Mexican Open. 2000 Fred Meyer Challenge [with Mark O'Meara].

2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position

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2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T2-- Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. T3-- Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. T5-- Allianz Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

74 at Round 2, Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

He and his partner Joey Sindelar finished second at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in April in Savannah. They finished with a 54-hole score of 28-under-par 188, including an 11-under-par 61 the final day, which left them one stroke shy of the winning team of Michael Allen-David Frost.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Canadian Open, The International, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, United Airlines Hawaiian Open, Las Vegas Invitational, FedEx St. Jude Classic, CVS Charity Classic, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Reno-Tahoe Open.

2011 Season Highlights

Made a spirited run at defending his Mitsubishi Electric Championship, finishing T3 at Hualalai, three strokes back of winner Dan Forsman. Co-leader for the week in Putts Per Round (26.0) and his 68 Sunday included a 31 on the back nine...Was T5 in his next start, at the Allianz Championship, where he posted rounds of 67-69 on the weekend in Boca Raton.

Career Highlights

2011: Finished third on the official money list for the third consecutive season and among the top-five money-winners for a fourth straight year. Won three official events in a year for the first time since the 1992 PGA TOUR season, tying Tom Lehman for most Champions Tour victories, Also lost two other tournaments in playoffs...Picked up right where he left off in 2010, winning the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Win on the Big Island made him the first player since Gil Morgan in 1997-98 to claim the season-ending event the previous year and the season-opening event the following season. Shot 64-64 on the weekend at Hualalai, the lowest final-36 of the 2011 season, and Sunday 64 included five consecutive birdies to start the back nine which propelled him past a faltering Russ Cochran. Sunday round also was his 12th straight sub-70 score dating to 2010 campaign, one short of Hale Irwin's all-time record of 13 straight rounds in the 60s. Victory on the Big Island was also his second TOUR title in Hawaii (1992 United Airlines Hawaiian Open)...Added a second win in mid-April with a playoff victory over Jay Don Blake at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at TPC Tampa Bay. Win near Tampa ended a winless streak in the Sunshine State of 106 combined PGA TOUR-Champions Tour appearances. Was seemingly in control of his fate with a two-stroke lead heading to the final hole, but he made a double bogey, dropping him into a tie with Blake. Quickly ended the affair with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win. The victory was his first after four previous playoff setbacks...In early July, bagged his third victory of the season when he was a three-stroke victor over 36-hole leader Chien Soon Lu at the Montreal Championship, a year after finishing second in the event. Shared the opening-round lead with John Huston after they each fired 9-under-par 63s. Trailed by one stroke after 36 holes but posted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 Sunday to pull away for his second career win in Canada (1983 Canadian Open)...In late August, lost on the third hole of a playoff at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship when Fred Couples made a short birdie putt. Appeared to be in the driver's seat early on the back nine, but played his last eight holes in two-over to allow Couples to forge a tie at the end of regulation. Performance at Westchester was his third runner-up finish in a senior major...Was also one of four players in the playoff at the Songdo IBD Championship in South Korea in September and battled eventual winner Blake for five extra holes before losing when Blake sank a birdie putt for his first career win. Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara were also participants but were eliminated after the third extra hole...Continued his strong play at the AT&T Championship late in the season, finishing T3 for his fifth top-five finish in five starts in the Alamo City...Made one PGA TOUR start and finished third at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, his first appearance in a TOUR event since 2007. It was his first top 10 on TOUR since the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open (T5)...Late in the season, Couples named him as an assistant captain on the U.S. Presidents Cup team, replacing basketball star Michael Jordan in that role...The week prior to The Presidents Cup, finished T23 in the Australian Open in mid-November. 2010: For the second consecutive year, he closed out his season on a high note, defending his title at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in early November. Held off Michael Allen for a two-stroke win, his fifth title in California. Trailed Allen by just one stroke after 54 holes, and the two battled throughout the final round before he took a two-stroke advantage over Allen to the final hole. It appeared there might be a two-stroke swing at No. 18 after each hit their second shots, but after chipping to 14 feet from off the green, he drained his par putt for the win, the fifth of his career. $440,000 check led to a career-best $1,924,305. He also earned 880 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race, leading to a third-place finish in that category, as well. With his victory, he became the first player to successfully defend a title on two different courses since Bernhard Langer did so in 2007 and 2008 at the Administaff Small Business Classic and the first to do so since Jeff Sluman at Pebble Beach in 2009. Prior to his victory, had been a runner-up three times. He and teammate Joey Sindelar fell in a two-hole playoff to Mark O'Meara and Nick Price at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April in Savannah. The pair shot a 28-under-par total of 188 and played bogey-free golf all 54 holes until each made a bogey on the second extra hole to finish second...Earlier in the year, despite making just one bogey in the tournament and missing five greens in regulation, was a hard-luck loser to Bernhard Langer in a playoff at the Allianz Championship. Appeared to be in position for the victory on the first extra hole only to have Langer hole an improbable 45-foot bunker shot from a plugged lie for an eagle. Had a chance to extend the overtime session, but his 25-foot eagle putt caught the right edge of the hole and lipped out. Playoff loss was his third overall on the Champions Tour and second in succession after falling to Mike Reid in overtime at 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition. Became the first player since Brad Bryant to be involved in consecutive playoffs...Was the 36-hole leader at the inaugural Montreal Championship but, despite posting a final-round 68, came up one stroke short of a hard-charging Larry Mize. For the second time in 2010, made just one bogey and also missed only six greens. However, not converting his 3-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole on Sunday proved costly in Canada...In early June, used a final-round, 5-under 66 to move into a T3 at The Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines...Also closed with a final-round 67 at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee near Seattle to move up into a T3...Stormed into contention at the SAS Championship with an 8-under 64 in the second round that included a rare 8-under 29 on the back-nine (his first nine), a record for 9 holes at Prestonwood. Eventually finished third at the SAS event after a final-round 70 that included three birdies over his last eight holes...Other third-place finish came at the AT&T Championship in October when he was T3, one stroke out of the two-man playoff between his former Ohio State teammate Rod Spittle and Jeff Sluman. 2009: Rolled to a five-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and set a new tournament standard with his 22-under-par 266, breaking the old mark of 20-under-par 268 set in 2003 by Jim Thorpe and later matched by Thorpe (2007) and Andy Bean (2008). Also matched his career-low round with a then tournament-record 10-under-par 62 in the second round. His 54-hole total of 197 matched Jack Nicklaus' three-round total of 19-under 197 at the 1990 Mazda Senior Players Championship as the lowest 54-hole score in a 72-hole Champions Tour event. Earned $442,000 for his win, the largest check of his Champions Tour career. He also picked up 884 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race, which vaulted him from fifth to second in the final standings. His second-place finish earned him a $500,000 annuity...Just two weeks earlier, won for the fourth time in his pro career in Texas when he came from two strokes back to win the Administaff Small Business Classic. Final-round 68 near Houston included a clutch 12-foot birdie putt at the par-4 17th, and he eventually held off Jay Haas and Bob Tway to win by two strokes. Trailed Dan Forsman early on the back nine Sunday and was the beneficiary when Forsman's tee shot at No. 14 found the water...Made a strong bid for a win at the JELD-WEN Tradition in late August. Appeared in control with a one-stroke lead with one hole remaining over Mike Reid, but made a bogey on his 72nd hole, ending a run of 54 holes without a bogey. He then fell on the first extra hole in a playoff when Reid made a birdie. Made a hole-in-one in the first round when he aced No. 13 with an 8-iron from 165 yards...Named the Champions Tour Player of the Month for October. 2008: Finally broke through into the victory column late in the year when he successfully defended his AT&T Championship at Oak Hills, cruising to a three-stroke win over Keith Fergus. Win in San Antonio made him just the third player in event history to successfully defend a title and first ever at Oak Hills. Trailed by six strokes after the first round but weekend scores of 63-65—128 matched the lowest score of the year for the last 36 holes. Second career win on the Champions Tour was also his third title in Texas. Win was his 15th top-10 finish of the year and that led all Champions Tour players...Appeared in control heading into his final nine holes at the Senior British Open at Royal Troon. However, made a double bogey at No. 11, a bogey at No. 12 and was nursing a one-stroke advantage over Bruce Vaughan going to the final hole. Missed a 15-foot par putt at No. 18 and then fell on the first playoff hole when Vaughan drained a 20-footer for a birdie and he missed a 12-footer which would have sent it to a second extra hole...Made a double eagle at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach in the second round (14th hole, driver and 3-wood), his first albatross in competition. 2007: Claimed his first Champions Tour event in his second career start, winning the AT&T Championship in San Antonio in mid-October by two strokes over good friend Mark O'Meara. Clutch 7-foot par putt at the final hole at Oak Hills preserved the victory after he trailed by two strokes through 36 holes. Win in San Antonio came just 19 days after he turned 50, making him the youngest winner in tournament history and the eighth-youngest all-time on the Champions Tour. Victory at the AT&T Championship ended a personal drought of 6 years, 1 month, 25 days between victories (2001 Reno-Tahoe Open)...Made his Champions Tour debut the week prior at the Administaff Small Business Classic and finished T36 near Houston.


Born in Ohio but grew up in Southern California...Persuaded by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf to attend Ohio State...Remains a staunch Ohio State fan and has school logo on his golf bag...Father, Jim, was a long-time tournament director on the PGA TOUR...Was an analyst on USA Network's "PGA TOUR Sunday" in 2003...Son Jason played golf at Pepperdine and is an aspiring professional...Once did a photo shoot as a youngster with Mary Cathleen Collins, who later became famous as Bo Derek...One of three former Ohio State golfers on the Champions Tour, joining former teammates Joey Sindelar and Rod Spittle.

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