- Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, CA
- Residence: Germantown, TN
- Age: 56
- Turned Pro: 1975
PGA TOUR Victories
1994,Nestle Invitational. 1995,Nestle Invitational. 1996,MCI Classic, Greater Milwaukee Open. 1997,CVS Charity Classic. 1999,GTE Byron Nelson Classic. 2000,Greater Milwaukee Open. 2002,Valero Texas Open.
2012 Champions Tour Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Champions Tour Best Round
66 at Round 1, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
66 at Round 1, Toshiba Classic.
Champions Tour Highlights
Claimed his first title in nearly two years when he came from behind in Sunday's final round to win the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. Despite bogeys on three of his final five holes, sank a critical 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to win by two strokes over Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia. One of the keys to his win was a critical par save at No. 10 from 6 feet after a bad tee shot and a difficult second shot. He followed with birdies at Nos. 11 and 13 to give himself a valuable cushion, which he would need later in his round.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Nestle Invitational, Nestle Invitational, MCI Classic, Greater Milwaukee Open, CVS Charity Classic, GTE Byron Nelson Classic, Greater Milwaukee Open, Valero Texas Open.
2011: Troubled with shoulder and upper-back issues for the latter half of the year and was out of action for over a month from mid-June to late-July. Was forced to withdraw prior to starting defense of his title at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in June as a result of these injuries...Winless season ended a run of six consecutive years with at least one Champions Tour title...Was among the top-eight in four events, with three of them coming in a four-event stretch during the late-spring/early-summer...Closed his season on a solid note with a T2 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, two strokes back of Jay Don Blake. Jumped into contention with a 6-under 65 at TPC Harding Park in the third round which proved to be the low round of the event. Added a final-round 70 to finish second along with Michael Allen, Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia. Holed a five-foot par putt on the final hole to help secure the Charles Schwab Cup for good friend Tom Lehman...First made noise in 2033 when he fired a final-round, 7-under-par 65 at Shoal Creek, which led to a third-place finish at the Regions Tradition, his best finish in that championship since winning it in 2005...Was T8 in his next start at the Senior PGA Championship, where he was on the leaderboard throughout much of the event at Valhalla...Two weeks later, was one of three players to play three straight bogey-free rounds (Peter Senior and Hal Sutton the others) at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and 54-hole total of 17-under-par 199 was good enough for a T5 in North Carolina. 2010: Went over the million-dollar mark for the fifth consecutive season and played his best golf during a three-event run early in the summer...Highlight of his year was when he celebrated his 55th birthday by winning the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, his 12th career Champions Tour victory. Came from four strokes back Sunday and capped the win with a clutch, 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish one ahead of Fred Funk. Final-round 65 included a back-nine, 5-under-par 30 that began when he holed out a short wedge shot from the right rough on the par-5 12th hole at En-Joie GC...Two weeks prior to winning, was T3 at The Principal Charity Classic, thanks to rounds of 66-68 on the weekend at Glen Oaks...A week after claiming the Dick's title, notched his third consecutive top-five finish when he shot 66-67 on the weekend at Club de Golf Fontainebleau to T5 at the inaugural Montreal Championship...Was not among the top three again until October near Washington, D.C. After an opening-round even-par 70, shot three consecutive rounds in the 60s to grab a solo third-place finish at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. 2009: Claimed his second Charles Schwab Cup title when he finished 319 points in front of John Cook. Clinched the crown with a T6 finish at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship...After taking most of the month of June off, came back to claim two wins among eight top-10 finishes in his final 10 starts...Highlight of his season was winning his second Senior British Open in four years at Sunningdale GC near London. Victory was his fourth senior major title and 10th overall win on the Champions Tour. Triumph came in a dramatic playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk. Along with McNulty, made birdie on the first extra hole to eliminate Funk and then won the championship on the third extra hole with a par after McNulty hit an errant tee shot that forced him to take a drop from an unplayable lie...The following month, made clutch birdies on the final two holes to earn his third win of the season, a one-stroke victory over Mark O'Meara at the Boeing Classic. One-putted 13 of his final 14 holes Saturday and then needed just nine putts on the back nine Sunday. Overall, had just 73 putts in the event, the fewest by a winner on the Champions Tour since Tom Kite had 72 at the same event in 2006. Victory near Seattle clinched August Player of the Month honors...Claimed his first title in 2009 early in the year when he made birdie on three of his last four holes to slip past Gene Jones and win The ACE Group Classic in Naples, FL. Victory was his ninth career Champions Tour title and was his second victory in Naples...Made his first PGA TOUR cut since 2007 when he played on the weekend at the St. Jude Classic near Memphis. In his record-setting 25th appearance at his hometown event, finished T42 and tied a tournament record for most cuts made with 20...Again played the weekend on the PGA TOUR, finishing T24 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Enjoyed four sub-70 rounds at Brown Deer Park GC.2008: Among his 13 top-10 finishes was a victory at the Commerce Bank Championship, a one-stroke triumph over Nick Price and Lonnie Nielsen, the event's defending champion. Went wire to wire for his eighth career Champions Tour title, matching his PGA TOUR victory total. Win ended a drought of 16 events, and he became the first player to win the Commerce Bank event after finishing second the year prior. Win was instrumental in him earning June Player of the Month honors...Earlier in the year, made a miraculous chip-in for an eagle on the 54th hole at the AT&T Champions Classic to earn a spot in the three-man playoff with Brad Bryant and eventual winner Denis Watson. After Bryant was eliminated on the second hole, Watson ended the playoff when he made a birdie on the third extra hole. Had lost in a playoff with Tom Purtzer a year earlier...Was second again at the Regions Charity Classic near Birmingham, AL. Made a late run at Andy Bean but came up one stroke short at Ross Bridge. Missed a 16-foot birdie putt at the last hole that would have sent the event into overtime...Was the 36-hole leader at the Bank of America Championship in June and battled Jeff Sluman throughout the final round before Sluman birdied three of the final four holes to post a two-stroke win near Boston...2007: Claimed the prestigious Charles Schwab Cup and also was second again to Jay Haas on the money list, with over $2 million in earnings ($2,170,627)...Posted his signature win of the season when he blew away the field by six strokes at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in October near Baltimore. Shot four straight sub-par rounds at Baltimore CC, and after leading by just three strokes through 54 holes, posted a 5-under 30 on the front nine Sunday to pull away for his third major title in as many years. Became only the fifth Champions Tour player to win a major championship three years in succession, joining Hale Irwin and Miller Barber (five years in succession each) along with Gary Player and Raymond Floyd (three years each). Victory was Roberts' third different major title, making him the ninth player with three different majors. Victory in Baltimore also vaulted him atop the Charles Schwab Cup list for good, and the $390,000 first prize was the largest of his Champions Tour career...Other win came in early June when he ended an 18-tournament winless string with his sixth career Champions Tour victory at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin. Rallied from three strokes back with a final-round 65, eventually defeating Eduardo Romero by three shots...Earlier in the season, fell to Tom Purtzer in a four-hole playoff at the AT&T Champions Classic. Made key birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 Sunday to get himself in position, but saw his chances come to an end when Purtzer made a birdie-4 on the fourth extra hole. Set a new Champions Tour record in the opening round when he posted a 5-under-par 67, his 33rd consecutive round at par or better, breaking Larry Nelson's mark (2002). Eventually had streak end at 37 straight when he shot a final-round 75 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Earned January/February Player of the Month honors and was also the Champions Tour's Player of the Month in October...For the second straight year, secured the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average (69.31) on the strength of his play in the year's final event. His back-to-back Nelson trophies were a first since Gil Morgan in 2000-01. 2006: Finished second to Jay Haas in the race for the money title and narrowly lost to Haas in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Fell 20 points short. Had a chance to grab the crown and the $1-million annuity but missed a 4 1/2-foot putt for par on the 72nd hole at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to just fall short. Still earned a $500,000 annuity and donated entire amount to charity...Earned a career-best $2,365,395, with four wins...Led all players with 18 top-10 finishes in 21 starts...Earned the Byron Nelson Award as the scoring leader at 69.01...Opened the season with three consecutive victories. His bid for a record-tying fourth straight win fell short when he finished T5 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Became the first player in Champions Tour history to win the first three events in a season when he prevailed by one stroke over R.W. Eaks and Brad Bryant at The ACE Group Classic in Naples. Despite not making a birdie over his final 12 holes, still managed to hold off a late charge by Hale Irwin. Did not make a bogey over his final 35 holes at the TwinEagles GC and became the sixth player to win three straight events...First two titles of the season came in Hawaii. Completed a two-week Hawaiian sweep, holing a 9-foot eagle putt on the final hole of the Turtle Bay Championship for a two-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over Scott Simpson. Win on Oahu made him the first player since Larry Nelson in 2001 to claim his first two starts of a season...Opened his Champions Tour campaign with a one-stroke victory over Don Pooley at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai. Shot 25-under 191, breaking the Champions Tour's 54-hole record in relation to par and matching the circuit's stroke mark. His 26 birdies at Hualalai set an all-time record for a three-round Champions Tour event, easily breaking the old mark of 24 birdies by three different players. Final-round 61 at Hualalai was a career best and an 18-hole tournament record. Used the 11-under-par round Sunday to come from three strokes back of Pooley and edge him by one...Picked up his fourth victory of the season at the Senior British Open at Turnberry. Playoff win over Eduardo Romero was his second senior major championship since turning 50. Blew a five-stroke lead in regulation but rebounded in the playoff, making a clutch 14-foot par putt on the first extra hole just before Romero missed a 6-foot putt for a par. Final-round 75 in Scotland was the highest finish by a winner since 1998 (Hale Irwin, 75 at the Las Vegas Senior Classic) and the highest in a senior major since 1994 (Simon Hobday, 75 at U.S. Senior Open)...Surged past the $2-million mark in season earnings when he finished T2 at the weather-shortened SAS Championship in early October in North Carolina in his first start after serving as an Assistant Captain to Tom Lehman for the U.S. Ryder Cup team...Finished T9 at the U.S. Senior Open but made headlines in the third round when he set a new U.S. Senior Open and tournament course record with his 8-under-par 62 at Prairie Dunes. The 62 was also the lowest round in the history of any USGA championship and also tied the record for the lowest 18-hole score in any of the 13 USGA national championships, breaking the U.S. Senior Open mark of 63 by Allen Doyle in 2005 and Don Pooley in 2002. 2005: Joined the Champions Tour in July and had an immediate impact continuing to split time between the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour...Won his first Champions Tour title when he defeated Dana Quigley in a two-hole playoff at the JELD-WEN Tradition in his third start. Posted four straight sub-par rounds and got up and down for a birdie on the final hole in regulation to earn a spot in the playoff. After a birdie on the first extra hole, had a two-putt bogey on the second that was good enough to defeat Quigley...Was solo fifth in his Champions Tour debut at the Senior British Open. Was the first-round leader at Royal Aberdeen with a 1-over 72 and was in contention throughout in Scotland...Co-leader after both the second and third rounds of the U.S. Senior Open but eventually finished T2 after a disappointing 73 Sunday...Selected as the Champions Tour August Player of the Month.
Earned the nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for his putting ability. Nickname was coined by fellow TOUR member David Ogrin in 1985...Cary Middlecoff said of him in the mid-1980s: "We've got a kid back home (in Tennessee) who is just a beautiful putter. He'll just break your heart on the greens, he's so pure. If he ever gets to believing in himself, he could really be something to watch."...Inducted into Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998...Heroes are his mom and Byron Nelson...Dream foursome would include himself, Nelson, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen...Favorite golf courses are any built prior to 1950 and those designed by A.W. Tillinghast...Served as an assistant club professional before embarking on a professional career at San Luis Obispo CC and Morro Bay Municipal. One of his jobs as an assistant was making milkshakes and he still enjoys doing it...First job was a paper boy...Says if he weren't playing golf for a living he'd be a golf professional at a private club...Two of his best friends in golf are Tom Lehman and Vance Veazey...Said one of the strangest things he ever signed was a Roger Clemens-autographed baseball.
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