Hope Island, Queensland, Australia
- Birthplace: Singapore
- Residence: Hope Island, Queensland, Australia
- Age: 52
- Turned Pro: 1978
(1): 2010 Handa Australian Senior Open.
(27): 1979 South Australasian Open. 1984 Queensland Open, Honeywell Classic. 1986 PLM Open. 1987 Rich River Classic, U-Bix Classic, Queensland PGA Championship, Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open. 1989 New South Wales PGA Championship, Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open, Johnnie Walker Classic. 1990 Panasonic European Open. 1991 Australian Masters, Johnnie Walker Classic. 1992 Benson and Hedges International Open, Bridgestone ASO Open. 1993 Heineken Classic, Chunichi Crowns. 1994 Canon Challenge. 1995 Australian Masters, Dunlop Open. 1996 Canon Challenge, Greg Norman Holden Classic. 1997 Canon Challenge. 2003 Australian PGA Championship. 2010 Australian PGA Championship.
2012 Champions Tour Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Allianz Championship. 3--
Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay. 10--
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Champions Tour Best Round
66 at Round 1, Allianz Championship.
Champions Tour Highlights
A year after failing to hold on to his 36-hole lead at the Allianz Championship, he suffered further frustration at the event, losing in a one-hole playoff to Corey Pavin in Boca Raton. Shared the 36-hole lead with Pavin at 10-under-par 134 and made a clutch birdie on the 54th hole to tie Pavin at the end of regulation. However, his good fortune was short lived when on the first extra hole, his 14-foot birdie attempt finished a mere inches short. Pavin then ended the playoff when he sank a 12-foot birdie putt for the win...Was among the early leaders at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am and then closed with a final-round 67 at the TPC Tampa Bay to finish third, five strokes in back of Michael Allen.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
2011: Came tantalyzingly close to earning his first Champions Tour win, finishing second three times (twice in playoffs) and third once, one stroke out of a playoff. Along with Tom Lehman, finished second in top-10s, with 12 in his 22 appearances. As a result, he made in excess of $600,000 more than he made in his Champions Tour rookie year, finishing seventh on the final money list. Earnings of $1,434,119 were the third highest money total in a season without the benefit of a victory, and he became the first player ever to register two bogey-free events in the same season—Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (T29) and the AT&T Championship (fifth). Has been bogey-free in three events in his Champions Tour career...Was also the only player to finish among the top 10 in four of the Champions Tour's five majors...Nearly claimed his first major championship in May at the Regions Tradition. Posted four consecutive sub-par rounds, including a 4-under-par 68 Sunday at Shoal Creek which got him into a playoff with eventual-winner Lehman. Saw his 35-foot birdie opportunity for victory on the 72nd hole catch the left edge of the hole before sliding by. Eventually fell on the second extra hole when he missed a five-foot putt for par to extend the overtime...At the Songdo IBD Championship in South Korea, matched the tournament course record with a Champions Tour career-best, 8-under-par, 64 in the final round. However, in a four-man playoff with Mark O'Meara, John Cook and Jay Don Blake, was eliminated on the third extra hole along with O'Meara when each made a bogey...Was in the final group Sunday and battled both Fred Couples and John Cook down the stretch before registering a third-place effort at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship...Turned in a strong effort at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla, finishing T5 in Louisville...Also had a nice performance at the U.S. Senior Open in July, claiming a sixth-place finish at the Inverness Club...On the PGA TOUR, finished T64 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and also qualified for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, but elected to play the Champions Tour's 3M Championship instead. Was the 36-hole co-leader at the Minnesota event, but a final-round 70 at TPC Twin Cities left him T2, one stroke back of Jay Haas...Tied Mark Calcavecchia for most rounds in the 60s, with 43 and was one short of Calcavecchia for most sub-par rounds (56) despite stringing together 16 straight scores below par at one stretch, a season best on the Champions Tour...Was T4 at the Australian Masters at Victoria GC in December. 2010: Turned in a solid rookie Champions Tour campaign with more than $800,000 in official earnings. Registered three top-10 finishes over 25 starts but two of them came in major championships...Made an impressive showing at the Regions Charity Classic near Birmingham in May. Posted a bogey-free, 54-hole total of 17-under-par 199 to finish T2, three strokes behind Dan Forsman. Was among the leaders all three rounds and became the first player to finish bogey free in an individual stroke-play event since Fred Funk won the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship. He was also the third player in tournament history to do that, joining George Archer (T5 in 1994) and Brad Bryant (won in 2006)...Fired a closing-round, 3-under-par 68 at Carnoustie to eventually finish T3 at the Senior British Open in July...The week after the Senior British, was on the U.S. Senior Open leaderboard after posting a 68 in the third round and eventually was T6 at Sahalee near Seattle...Successfully earned a spot in the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews after taking one of the three top positions at International Final Qualifying-Australasia in January at Kingston Heath GC in Melbourne and finished T60. Appearance at St. Andrews was his 18th overall in the British Open and fifth on the Old Course...Returned to Australia late in the year and won the Handa Australian Senior Open, edging Sandy Lyle by three strokes at Royal Perth GC...Added another win in mid-December at the Australian PGA Championship. He watched Geoff Ogilvy shoot a final-round 66 at the Hyatt Regency Coolum GC to force a playoff, then he proceeded to win the extra session on the second hole of sudden death to capture the tournament for a third time, becoming the oldest winner of a Tour event in Australia at age 51. 2009: Earned fully-exempt status for the 2010 Champions Tour after claiming medalist honors at the 2009 National Qualifying Tournament at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Trailed Steve Haskins by five strokes after 54 holes, but final-round 66 earned a three-stroke win on the Champions course. After making double bogey on the ninth hole, fell out of the top five, but had five birdies over his last nine holes to best Haskins, Ronnie Black and Joe Ozaki. Was the first Australian to claim medalist honors at the Qualifying Tournament and the eighth international player to finish first at the event…After turning 50 at the end of July, made three appearances on the European Senior Tour and posted top-five efforts in all three events. Finished second to Tony Johnstone at the Travis Perkins Senior Masters and T2 behind England's Peter Mitchell in the Casa Serena Open in Prague, Czech Republic. Debuted on the circuit with a fourth-place finish at the Scottish Senior Open…Also lost in a playoff to Michael Harwood at the Australian Senior Open at Royal Perth after being up four strokes after 54 holes…Made three appearances on the European Tour prior to turning 50 and was T14 at the Johnnie Walker Classic.
Career was threatened by putting problems until Sam Torrance converted him to the broom handle model…Hosts an annual pro-am to raise funds for the cancer research unit at the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital. The event has raised more than $1.2 million…When in the army in Singapore, his dad introduced him to golf with a starter set to keep him out of trouble…Admires people who work hard and excel at what they do…Favorite golf courses are Kingston Heath in Australia, Carnoustie in Scotland and Pebble Beach in the United States…Enjoys reading anything by Wilbur Smith…Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods…Has had 10 career holes-in-one…Low professional round is a 62 while playing in the Rich River Classic in Australia…Recently sold his stake in a pawnbroking business, Cash Converters, that he co-owned with his brother in Australia...Enjoys watching "Two and a Half Men" on TV as well as any sporting event, especially Rugby League...Favorite team as a kid was the Brisbane Broncos of the Australian Rugby League, and his favorite player was Wally Lewis...Favorite athlete is tennis standout Roger Federer...His favorite movies are "Trading Places," "The Terminator" and "Aliens."...Favorite vacation was going to Canada with his family over a previous Christmas and having his family see snow for the first time...Most memorable shot was a 1-iron he hit on the 12th hole at The Lakes in Sydney in the final round of the Johnnie Walker Classic...His bucket list includes going to Egypt to see the pyramids as well as going to Antarctica...Says he'd most like to sit down with an archaeologist because he would love to hear about relics and treasures that have been dug up.
Champions Tour Playoff Record