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Jeff  Sluman

Jeff Sluman

Hinsdale, IL

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Rochester, NY
  • Residence: Hinsdale, IL
  • Age: 54
  • Turned Pro: 1980

PGA TOUR Victories

(6) 1988,PGA Championship. 1997,Tucson Chrysler Classic. 1998,Greater Milwaukee Open. 1999,Sony Open in Hawaii. 2001,B.C. Open. 2002,Greater Milwaukee Open.

International Victories

(1): 2010 Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge.

Other Victories

(4): 1999 CVS Charity Classic [with Stuart Appleby]. 2003 CVS Charity Classic [with Rocco Mediate], Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with Hank Kuehne]. 2004 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with Hank Kuehne].

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$425,500 (6)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T3-- Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. T5-- Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. T9-- ACE Group Classic.

Champions Tour Best Round

64 at Round 2, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Was two strokes off the lead after 36 holes of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, but fell out of contention early Sunday when he played his first five holes in 3-over. Managed to rally for a T5 finish on the Big Island, playing his final six holes of the event in 3-under...Finished T3 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Moved into a tie for the lead with Fred Couples after 36 holes, shooting 64 at Fallen Oak on Saturday. Played with Couples in the final grouping Sunday, but a lackluster 73 dropped him back...The following month he and teammate Brad Faxon earned a T3 finish at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in Savannah.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- PGA Championship, Tucson Chrysler Classic, Greater Milwaukee Open, Sony Open in Hawaii, B.C. Open, Greater Milwaukee Open.

Career Highlights

2011: Reclaimed a spot among the top-10 money-winners after a year's absence, finishing sixth on the money list for the second time in the last three seasons...Along with Rod Spittle, played in all 24 official events...Won his fourth career title overall and his third in the last four years in early July, at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Victory was his third in the last four years on the Monterey Peninsula. Started Sunday's final round three strokes behind Jay Haas, but his play remained steady throughout the final round as various leaders stumbled on the famed course. Made birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 and then made a clutch save out of the bunker at No. 17 to hold off various challengers. His final-round 70 matched the highest score by a winner at the event and his 10-under-par 206 matched his winning total in 2009...Got his year off to a fast start with four top-10 efforts in his first five events and put together a streak of 25 consecutive rounds at par or better from the end of 2010 through the opening round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (second-round 73 ended the string)...After a T4 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, finished T2 at the Allianz Championship where he was in contention throughout the final round and held the lead on the back nine before finishing one stroke shy of Tom Lehman. Birdied two of the final three holes but his downfall was a bogey at No. 17...In early April, finished T2 again to Lehman at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Was the first-round leader and trailed Lehman by one stroke after 36 holes before finishing four strokes back along with David Frost and Nick Price...Third runner-up effort came late in the year when he was T2 along with John Huston at the SAS Championship, falling one stroke short of Kenny Perry near Raleigh. Led on the back nine Sunday until Perry made birdie at the 16th hole to tie him and then went ahead for good when he eagled the par-5 17th hole...Also finished fourth at the Boeing Classic after being tied for the 36-hole lead at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge...Ranked third on the Champions Tour in sub-par rounds with 55. 2010: Never went more than four starts during the year without a top-10 finish and his two best efforts on the Champions Tour came in October...In the season's final full-field event, saw his bid for at least one win in a third straight season fall short at the AT&T Championship when he lost in a one-hole playoff to Rod Spittle. The pair finished at 12-under-par 201 at Oak Hills, but after hitting his tee shot into the bunker, he blasted out to 14 feet and missed his par putt. Moments later, Spittle converted a 4-footer for par and the win in San Antonio...Earlier in the month, enjoyed a strong outing when he was solo fourth at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Bounced back from a third-round, 3-over-par 73 with a final-round, 4-under-par 66, one of just two players to post the day's low round (runner-up Michael Allen the other) at the TPC Potomac...Made an impressive showing at the 3M Championship in August near Minneapolis. Joined champion David Frost in playing all 54 holes without a bogey, finishing T6 at the TPC Twin Cities. In the process became the second player (Peter Senior the other at the Regions Charity Classic) to play all 54 holes bogey free on the Champions Tour in 2010 and not win the event...Ran his streak of bogey-free-holes to 72 through the first round of the JELD-WEN Tradition before making a bogey...Took time out to serve as an assistant to U.S. captain Corey Pavin at the Ryder Cup matches in Wales. Ended his year on a positive note when he won the 36-hole Nedbank Senior Challenge in South Africa, getting into the field late after Corey Pavin had to withdraw. Two-day total of 6-under-par 138 at Sun City was two strokes better than Tommy Armour III. 2009: Was one of only four players to compete in all 25 official events. His 51 sub-par rounds led the Champions Tour...Was the only player to successfully defend a title, claiming a second straight Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, his third career Champions Tour win. Carded a final-round 68 that included a hole-in-one (No. 5) at Pebble Beach, the lowest score Sunday, and came from six strokes back to defeat Gene Jones by two strokes. Ace made him the first player since R.W. Eaks at the 2007 Dick's Sporting Goods Open to make a hole-in-one and go on to win. Six-shot comeback was the largest come-from-behind Champions Tour win since Denis Watson rallied from seven shots back to win in a playoff at the 2008 AT&T Champions Classic...Almost won in late April at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, where he teamed with Craig Stadler for the second straight year. The pair were tied with Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman after 54 holes, but saw their bid for a win end with missed par putts on the second extra hole while Lehman made a short putt for par...Got his season off to a fast start by posting 14 sub-par scores in his first 15 rounds. Opening-round 3-over 75 at The ACE Group Classic ended his streak of par/better scores carrying over from 2008 at 31 straight, the third-longest run in Champions Tour annals...Ended his season with a T3 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship after being tied for the opening-round lead at Sonoma GC...Was also in contention through 36 holes of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and eventually finished T4 in Hawaii...Trailed by just one stroke after 54 holes at the Senior PGA Championship before a final-round, 3-over-par 73 led to a T5 finish...The Champions Tour's Player of the Month in September...Recorded a milestone in July when he made his 700th PGA TOUR start, playing in the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. A two-time winner of that event (1998 and 2002), he made the cut for the 15th time in 21 appearances and finished T18. 2008: After getting a taste of the Champions Tour late in 2007, took full advantage of his rookie season, winning twice and earning more than $1.7 million, his best financial year on TOUR since 2002...Claimed multiple official titles in a season for the first time ever and 12 top-10s during the year were also a personal best...Won his first Champions Tour title in dramatic fashion in June when he defeated Loren Roberts by two strokes at the Bank of America Championship near Boston. Final-round 64 at Nashawtuc matched his low round on the Champions Tour and proved to be the lowest finish by a winner on the circuit in 2008. Birdied three of the final four holes on his way to victory in his 18th start on the circuit. After trading birdies early in the round with Roberts, he took the lead for good with a 13-foot birdie at No. 15. Increased his lead to two strokes with a 30-foot birdie at No. 17 and then closed the door with a 34-footer for a final birdie at No. 18. Played his final 43 holes without a bogey...Followed win in Boston with a second title at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Five-stroke victory over Fuzzy Zoeller and Craig Stadler on the Monterey Peninsula was the largest winning margin in tournament history. Win also came 16 years after his playoff loss to Mark O'Meara at the 1992 AT&T Pebbble Beach National Pro-Am and runner-up finish to Tom Kite at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Started the final round in a four-way tie for the lead but birdied four of his first eight holes Sunday to take command. Clutch par saves at No. 9 and No. 11 provided added distance from Fred Funk, his closest pursuer at the time...In late April, finished T2 with teammate Stadler in the Legends Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The pair closed with an 11-under 61 but fell one stroke shy of the team of Andy North and Tom Watson...Carded 64 again in the third round of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, matching the best third-round score in event history. Round moved him within two strokes of Nick Price entering the final round and he eventually finished T3, two strokes back of D.A. Weibring. 2007: Played in five Champions Tour events after turning 50 in early September and was T15 in his debut on the circuit at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn...Best effort was a T12 at the Administaff Small Business Classic near Houston, where he was among the early contenders after shooting 66 in the opening round.

Personal

Loves Formula One auto racing...Big fan of the Florida State Seminoles, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs...Serious wine collector, owns about 2,000 bottles dating to 1957...Co-owner, with Dudley Hart, of Lakeshore GC in Rochester, NY, a course he played regularly growing up...Good friend of 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal...After disqualifying himself at 1996 Bay Hill Invitational, refused to take undue credit for act, quoting Bobby Jones: "It would be like congratulating someone for not robbing a bank."...Teamed with office supply retailer OfficeMax to create The Jeff Sluman & OfficeMax "Drive for Hope"—a charity fund that is poised to raise $450,000 to $750,000 for the City of Hope and other charities…Started in the game at age 4 but didn't think about turning pro until after his senior year of college...Favorite movies are "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Pulp Fiction," "Caddyshack," "Patton" and "Crash."...Followed the Pittsburgh Pirates as a kid and favorite player was Roberto Clemente...Says his most memorable shot was his 5-iron on the 72nd hole at the 1987 PLAYERS Championship...TV favorites include "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage," as well as college and pro football...His first job was working at a bowling alley (Dewey Gardens) in Rochester...His favorite meal is a Caesar salad, a dry-aged USDA prime ribeye with asparagus and a potato...Made his first ace at age 14 at Ridgemont CC in Rochester. Hit a 7-iron but never saw it go in since it was a blind hole...If he had one course to play the rest of his life it would be Pebble Beach...Purchased a Porsche after his first big golf payday...Says the one historical event he would have liked to have witnessed first hand was the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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