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Don  Pooley

Don Pooley

Tucson, AZ

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
  • Residence: Tucson, AZ
  • Age: 60
  • Turned Pro: 1973

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 1980,B.C. Open. 1987,Memorial Tournament.

Other Victories

(2): 1989 Ebel Match Play. 1992 Amoco Centel Championship.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$1,773 (120)

Champions Tour Best Round

71 at Round 1, Toshiba Classic.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- B.C. Open, Memorial Tournament.

Career Highlights

2011: Made just 10 starts on the Champions Tour due to a series of nagging injuries, the fewest number of appearances he's made in a full Champions Tour season...His best performance came in mid-April at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, a T17 at TPC Tampa Bay. 2010: Managed to record a pair of top-10 performances in the first half of the season...Played in the last group on Sunday for the first time in over a year, at The Principal Charity Classic, and a 45-foot par-saving putt on the last hole gave him a T5, his best effort since finishing second at the 2009 AT&T Champions Classic. Second-round 65 at Glen Oaks was his low score of the season...Teamed with Morris Hatalsky to earn a T10 finish at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah in April. 2009: Returned to the top 30 on the money list after a two-year hiatus...Played some of his best golf early in the year with two top-10 finishes in his first four starts...Made just two bogeys throughout the AT&T Champions Classic in March but lost in a playoff to Dan Forsman when Forsman made a birdie on the first extra hole. Briefly took the outright lead in the event with a birdie on the 11th hole but dropped into a tie after making a bogey at the par-3 16th (tee shot in water). Performance at Valencia CC was his best on the Champions Tour since 2006 Constellation Energy Classic (T2)...Had been in contention down the stretch a month earlier at The ACE Group Classic before finishing T3 in Naples. Was the co-leader after the first round and just one stroke off the lead after 36 holes at TPC Treviso Bay...Made a hole-in-one on No. 3 in the final round of the Allianz Championship. Used a 7-iron on the 167-yard hole at Glen Oaks CC. It was his second Champions Tour ace to go with three PGA TOUR holes-in-one. 2008: Recorded his best performance in a major since the 2004 Senior British Open (T5) when he T6 at the Senior PGA Championship. Even-par 70 Sunday at Oak Hill, one of just seven par-or-better scores in the final round, moved him up. 2007: Missed nearly two months of action due to a bulging disc in his neck. Did not play from late May until mid-July...Made the first hole-in-one of his Champions Tour career on Friday at the JELD-WEN Tradition when he holed a 5-iron shot at the 189-yard seventh hole at Crosswater in the second round...A closing-round 67 was instrumental in his T4 finish at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. 2006: Opened his season with a runner-up finish at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai. Shared the first-round lead with Loren Roberts and Tom Watson after carding a 9-under 63 and then took sole possession of the 36-hole lead with a tournament-record 17-under 127. Two-day score on the Big Island matched the Champions Tour all-time record in relation to par. Seemed poised for victory until Roberts passed him on the back nine Sunday, and he eventually ended one stroke short despite shooting a final-round 65. His 24-under 192 at Hualalai was the lowest 54-hole score ever posted on the Champions Tour that didn't win...Was the 36-hole leader at the Constellation Energy Classic, but eventually was among three players who finished T2, three strokes back of Bob Gilder...Had a pair of eagles in the second round of the Senior British Open that led to a 63, matching his Champions Tour career low. 2005: Best showing came at the Bank of America Championship in June. Birdied the final two holes Sunday to post a closing-round, 7-under-par 65 that earned a berth in a three-man playoff with Tom Purtzer and eventual winner Mark McNulty. Bogeyed the first extra hole and was eliminated before McNulty won the title...Fired successive rounds in the 60s at the Blue Angels Classic and matched his Champions Tour career-best with a final-round 63, which helped him to a T3. His weekend rounds of 66-63 gave him a 36-hole total of 129, matching the best final 36-hole total for the year on the Champions Tour. 2004: Underwent hernia surgery in the spring and also battled back problems in the latter stages of the campaign...Made nice showing at the Senior British Open. Shared the first- and second-round leads at Royal Portrush GC and remained in the hunt all four days before eventually finishing T5 in Northern Ireland, three behind winner Pete Oakley. His opening-round, 3-under-par 69 included consecutive eagles on Nos. 9 and 10. 2003: Underwent surgery on January 3 at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, GA, to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder. Originally injured the shoulder in the spring of 2002, hitting balls on a wet surface at Bruno's Memorial Classic...Was scheduled to return to the circuit in April but re-injured the shoulder during rehab and did not start his season until the Columbus Southern Open in mid-May with a T45 in Georgia...Completed his comeback with a three-stroke victory at the Allianz Championship in Iowa, thanks to three consecutive sub-70 rounds. Used an eagle on the par-5 11th hole at Glen Oaks to overtake Rick Rhoden and then cruised to an easy victory...Voted by his peers as Comeback Player of the Year. 2002: One of only two players (Rodger Davis) to finish among the top 31 money-winners after earning exempt status at the 2001 National Qualifying Tournament. Was one of a record 17 millionaires on the Champions Tour and earned more than twice his best year on the PGA TOUR ($450,005, 1987)...Won the biggest event of his career in his 22nd start on the Champions Tour. Became the first qualifier to win the U.S. Senior Open and just the sixth player to claim the prestigious event in his first attempt. Holed a dramatic 10-foot birdie putt on the fifth extra hole of a playoff to beat Tom Watson. Moved into the lead in the third round by shooting a course-record 8-under 63 at Caves Valley GC near Baltimore. Got into the championship through the USGA qualifier in Nashville (116 players for five spots). Made a 2-foot birdie putt on the last hole to advance into a three-man playoff for the final two spots. Secured a spot with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. Victory at Caves Valley also ended a TOUR victory drought of 15 years, one month. 2001: Debuted on the Champions Tour at the Kroger Senior Classic and T4 at the rain-shortened event near Cincinnati...Also T4 later in the fall campaign at the Gold Rush Classic near Sacramento. Prepped for the Champions Tour by playing in three PGA TOUR and seven Nationwide Tour events...Was T5 at the Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs near Greenville, SC...Earned a full exemption for the 2002 season by virtue of his sixth-place finish at the National Qualifying Tournament in the fall.

Personal

Has been involved in the PGA TOUR Bible study throughout his career and has been involved with other national Christianity organizations...Helped coach his daughter's basketball teams at one point...Likes Mexican food....Among his other interests are shooting (handguns and shotguns) and wines...Favorite golf course is Pebble Beach GL...Member of the University of Arizona Hall of Fame, the Riverside (CA) Hall of Fame and the Pima (AZ) County Hall of Fame.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

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