San Diego, CA
- Birthplace: San Diego, CA
- Residence: San Diego, CA
- Age: 56
- Turned Pro: 1977
PGA TOUR Victories
1980,Western Open. 1984,Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic. 1987,Greater Greensboro Open, U.S. Open Championship. 1989,BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic. 1993,GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1998,Buick Invitational.
(6): 1976 NCAA Championship (indiv). 1977 NCAA Championship (indiv). 1984 Chunichi Crowns, Dunlop Phoenix. 1988 Chunichi Crowns. 1990 Perrier Invitational.
2012 Champions Tour Money and Position
Champions Tour Best Round
69 at Round 1, Allianz Championship.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Western Open, Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic, Greater Greensboro Open, U.S. Open Championship, BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Buick Invitational.
2011: Played in all 21 official events for which he was eligible but did not post a top-10 finish for the first time in six full Champions Tour seasons...Among the top 25 four times, twice over the course of his last three appearances. Best effort came at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf when he was T12 with partner Loren Roberts. The duo shot a better-ball score of 9-under 63 in the final round...Also was T14 in the SAS Championship near the end of the season. Shot four consecutive scores of 1-under 70 at Inverness to finish T15 at the U.S. Senior Open. 2010: Played his best golf during a four-week stretch late in the summer when he was among the top 20 in every event during that period, including three top-10 performances...Best showing came in a familiar place, the Monterey Peninsula. Carded a final-round 69 to finish T6 at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach...Good play continued the following week when he was T10 at the inaugural Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea in September...Two weeks prior to Pebble, carded four straight sub-par rounds at the JELD-WEN Tradition and was T10...In early March, posted his first top-10 finish when he was T9 at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. 2009: Made just 12 starts after suffering a broken left wrist in an auto accident in San Diego on Jan. 17 and was out of action until the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in late June. Finished T24 at En-Joie GC with three consecutive sub-par rounds...His best effort of the campaign was a T6 at the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick GC in Indiana in early August...Posted three straight sub-par rounds in his final start of the year at the AT&T Championship and finished T7 at Oak Hills in San Antonio...Led the Champions Tour in Driving Accuracy (82.25 percent), the highest percentage since 2006. 2008: Nine top-10s were a personal-best on the Champions Tour and eclipsed the seven-figure mark in official earnings for the second time...Finished among the top three in three events with best effort coming near Seattle late in the year. Was a runner-up to Tom Kite at the Boeing Classic after being tied for the 18-hole lead and the sole 36-hole leader in the event. Could not hold off a back-nine charge in the final round by Kite and fell two strokes shy at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge...Equaled his best finish in a senior major when he T3 at the Senior PGA Championship. Made a significant move up the leaderboard Saturday after posting a 1-under 69 at Oak Hill (31 on the back nine), the only Saturday round in the 60s. Contended late Sunday until two bogeys in his last three holes left him two strokes short of Jay Haas...Early in the year, closed with a 6-under 65 on Sunday to finish T3 at the Toshiba Classic...Second-round 65 at the Allianz Championship, his third start of the year, included a 7-under 29 on the front nine at the Old Course at Broken Sound and six consecutive birdies which proved to be the best birdie streak of the year. 2007: Best performance of the year came in early October when he shot a closing-round, 5-under 65 to T3 at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. 2006: First full season on the Champions Tour highlighted by victory at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in his 25th career start on the circuit. With friend and comedian Bill Murray in his gallery, made a clutch, 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole to post a 12-under 204 total, one stroke better than Jay Haas who was playing two groups behind and failed to birdie the 18th. Victory on the Monterey Peninsula made him the sixth of eight first-time winners that year and ended a winless drought of just over 8 1/2 years. Played all 36 holes at Pebble Beach in the 54-hole event without making a bogey...Got his season off to a nice start on the North Shore of Oahu. Played in the final group with Loren Roberts, battling him to the end before finishing second at the Turtle Bay Championship. Trailed Roberts by four strokes entering the final round but tied him with birdie on the 17th hole. Lost when Roberts made eagle on the final hole...Added another runner-up finish at the Puerto Vallarta Blue Agave Golf Classic in April when he fell one stroke shy of Morris Hatalsky at Vista Vallarta. Was the first-round leader and remained in contention all three rounds. Saw his chances slip away on the final two holes. Bogeyed No. 17 and then missed a 5-foot birdie opportunity at the 54th hole which eventually left him one stroke shy of Hatalsky...Shot a career-best and course-record, 11-under-par 61 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on Saturday at The Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. 2005: Made his Champions Tour debut at the SAS Championship and T18 at Prestonwood after fashioning a 4-under 68 in his first round. Highlight of brief season came when he carded an 8-under 63 Saturday at the SBC Championship. Score at Oak Hills was his best since shooting 63 in the fourth round of the 1993 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the PGA TOUR.
Spends a great deal of time with family during the season...Has served 16 years as host of Scott Simpson HBIC Pro-Am in Los Angeles which benefits Help For Brain-Injured Children...Was unable to play the PGA TOUR in 2000 due to a broken ankle he suffered while skiing during the New Year's holiday. Prognosis was ankle could heal without surgery but did not. Underwent surgery in August 2000, which involved placing seven screws into the ankle...Lists the late Byron Nelson as his hero...Got started in golf by his dad, Joe, who was a good amateur player. Father lost to Bo Williams in the final of the 1989 U.S. Senior Amateur at Lochinvar in Houston...Lists Pebble Beach, Shinnecock Hills, Winged Foot, The Olympic Club, Cypress Point, Pine Valley and Prairie Dunes as some of his favorite golf courses...Favorite TV show is "House."...Favorite food is spaghetti...Favorite entertainer and athlete is Bill Murray.
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