Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
- Birthplace: Takoma Park, MD
- Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
- Age: 55
- Turned Pro: 1981
PGA TOUR Victories
1992,Shell Houston Open. 1995,Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley, Buick Challenge. 1996,B.C. Open. 1998,Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. 2004,Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 2005,THE PLAYERS Championship. 2007,Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.
(1): 1993 Mexican Open.
(4): 1983 Maryland Open. 1987 Maryland Open. 2005 CVS Charity Classic [with Chris DiMarco]. 2008 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Jay Haas and Nick Price].
2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare. T10--
PGA TOUR Best Round
67 at Round 2, Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Champions Tour Highlights
Birdied four of the last five holes to overtake Tom Lehman and win the Insperity Championship, his first Champions Tour victory since the 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition, ending a drought of 1 year, 8 months, 13 days (29 Champions Tour tournaments). Was tied with Lehman playing the final hole of the event and rifled a 5-iron approach shot from 174 yards to 2 feet for the kick-in birdie that gave him the title. Win outside Houston was his seventh career Champions Tour title. Was the 1992 Shell Houston Open champion and became the first player since Tom Watson, at the 2007 Senior British Open (at Muirfield, Scotland) to win a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events at the same venue, the Tournament Course at The Woodlands CC...Had an encouraging return in his first start since thumb and knee surgeries sidelined him following the 2011 U.S. Senior Open. Posted a T10 finish at the Allianz Championship, which included an opening-round, 6-under-par 66...On the PGA TOUR, made 18 birdies over four days at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and finished T30 at TPC Louisiana.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Shell Houston Open, Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley, Buick Challenge, B.C. Open, Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, Southern Farm Bureau Classic, THE PLAYERS Championship, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun.
2011: Will play with a Major Medical Extension in 2012. Will have six events to earn $656,286...Managed just one cut in seven PGA TOUR starts, finishing T57 at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Qualified for his 22nd appearance in the U.S. Open but missed the cut at Congressional CC...Had his Champions Tour season cut short by injuries with his late start coming in July at the U.S. Senior Open. Days later underwent the first of his two surgeries in early August. Dr. Tom Graham repaired a torn ligament in his left thumb at the Cleveland Clinic and three days afterward he had surgery in Jacksonville, FL, to repair scar tissue in his right knee. Originally injured his thumb at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, swinging a stretch stick into a porch railing while warming up at his rental home near the course...Had four top-10 finishes before being shelved...Runner-up to Bernhard Langer at The ACE Group Classic in Naples. Started the final round four strokes back and cut the margin to two shots early on the back nine at The Quarry but could get no closer...Posted his low round on the Champions Tour, a 10-under-par 62, in the final round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, but fell one stroke shy of earning a spot in the playoff with James Mason and eventual winner Mark Wiebe. This result came the week after successfully qualifying for the U.S. Open at Woodmont CC...Shot the low Sunday round at the Senior British Open to move up into a T7 at Walton Heath. Final-round 66 included a run of five straight birdies...Was also T7 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, thanks to consecutive weekend 68s at Fallen Oak. 2010: Played six times on the PGA TOUR, focusing primarily on the Champions Tour...Totaled one Champions Tour victory and eight top-10s, and finished sixth in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings...Two years after winning the JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon, added a second title at the event to his resume when he was a one-stroke winner over Michael Allen and Chien-Soon Lu. Made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and held off several players Sunday for his third major title. The victory also gave him at least one victory in five straight seasons. Failed to make a bogey on the back nine all week and hit an amazing 54 of 56 fairways on his way to the win...Followed his win the next week with a T8 finish at the Boeing Classic near Seattle...Came close to a win in the inaugural Posco C&E Songdo Championship in September, but lost in a one-hole playoff to Russ Cochran. Was the 36-hole leader after rounds of 69-67 and could have closed it on the 54th hole, but missed a 2-foot birdie putt, which sent the players to a playoff where Cochran prevailed with a birdie on the first extra hole...Fashioned a final-round, 6-under-par 66 to finish T9 at the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn...For the second consecutive year, made a run at winning the Dick's Sporting Goods Open only to finish as a runner-up. Posted a final-round 7-under 65 at En-Joie GC and held a share of the lead late until Loren Roberts birdied the final hole to finish one stroke ahead...Turned in a solid performance at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July. Shot a 4-under-par 67 Saturday to get himself into contention, but a final-round, 1-over-par 72 left him one of four players T3...Recorded his first top-10 finish since his knee operation when he was T4 at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic...In first start since undergoing right-knee-replacement surgery, finished T21 at The ACE Group Classic in Naples...Made initial start on the PGA TOUR at the Transitions Championship in March and finished T55...Finished T39 at THE PLAYERS Championship, thanks, in part, to a third-round 66...Made the cut at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finishing T70. It's the 13th time in 21 U.S. Open starts he's played on the weekend...Made the cut in the final PGA TOUR event of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Classic. where he T45 with fellow Champions Tour player Mike Goodes serving as his caddie...Champions Tour Player of the Month for August. 2009: Divided his time between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and overcame multiple knee injuries. Made the cut in two of six starts on the PGA TOUR with best finish being 60th at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black where he made the field via a regional qualifier...Competed in 21 Champions Tour events, 11 of which yielded top-10 finishes. Won the U.S. Senior Open in August and placed third in the Charles Schwab Cup competition...In early August, blew away the field at the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick in Indiana with a blistering final round. Led by just one stroke after 54 holes, but fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 on Sunday to win by six strokes, the largest victory margin in the championship since Gary Player bested Doug Sanders by six in 1987 at Brooklawn CC...Lost two Champions Tour events in playoffs, at The Principal Charity Classic and the Senior British Open...Suffered a staph infection in his right knee in late December 2008 following surgery earlier in 2008 and delayed the start of his 2009 season until mid-February...Underwent right knee-replacement surgery in Jacksonville, FL, in November. Following the successful surgery, expected to return to competition in January. 2008: At age 51, continued to split time between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour...Underwent arthroscopic surgery May 14 on his right knee in Jacksonville, FL, for loose particles and minor cartilage damage. Injury kept him out of competition for less than a month...Made the cut in seven of 14 starts on the PGA TOUR, including a season-best T10 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which included a second-round, 6-under-par 64...Stayed in Hawaii to start the Champions Tour season the following week at the MasterCard Championship, which he won following a second-round, 9-under-par 63 and with birdies on the final two holes to edge Allen Doyle by two strokes...Added another win at the JELD-WEN Tradition in mid-August to go along with two runner-up finishes on the season. It was his fourth Champions Tour victory in 23 career starts...Eventually finished third on the Charles Schwab Cup points list to earn a $300,000 annuity. 2007: Captured events on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. Finished second in Driving Accuracy to Jose Coceres at 75.26 percent...In his second Champions Tour appearance of the season, won by a record 11 strokes at the Turtle Bay Championship. Led wire-to-wire for the second time in his brief Champions Tour career and also played bogey-free golf over the three days. Fired rounds of 65-64-64—193...At age 50 years, 8 months and 12 days, earned eighth PGA TOUR victory in fourth start of the season at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Fifth-oldest champion in PGA TOUR history and the oldest since Art Wall (51 years, 7 months, 10 day) at the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open. Posted rounds of 62-69-64-71—266 and beat Jose Coceres with a birdie on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, hitting a 4-iron on the par-3 10th to 6 feet. Joined Craig Stadler as the only players to win in the same season on the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. 2006: Made 25 of 29 cuts (86.21 percent), the highest percentage of his career. Turned 50 halfway through the season and won his first Champions Tour title at the AT&T Championship...Posted final-round 10-under-par 62, one stroke off the English Turn G&CC course record, to finish one stroke behind Chris Couch at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans...Tied Brett Quigley for the TOUR lead in rounds in the 60s with 47. 2005: Earned a career-best $2,830,046 and won in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 seasons...Became the oldest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship at 48 years, nine months and 14 days by defeating Tom Lehman, Scott Verplank and Luke Donald by a stroke on the third Monday finish in the last six years for the tournament. Got up and down from the greenside bunker and made a 6-foot putt on 18 to get to 9-under 279, then sat and waited as Donald and Joe Durant, who were one stroke behind him with one hole to play, failed to make birdie to force a playoff. Third player in tournament history with local ties to win THE PLAYERS Championship (Mark McCumber-1988, David Duval-1999). Led the tournament in Driving Accuracy (85.7 percent) and Greens in Regulation (80.6 percent). Earned five-year TOUR exemption that assured him of a spot on the TOUR until age 54...Earned spot on his second Presidents Cup team (0-2-2). 2004: Won for first time in over six years with victory at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, the site of his last victory in July 1998. The drought spanned 196 tournaments and included 10 runner-up finishes. Became second two-time winner of the tournament after making birdie on the final hole to defeat rookie Ryan Palmer by one stroke (Brian Henninger 1994, 1999). Led by one stroke through 54 holes. Tied 72-hole tournament record on current course with 22-under 266 total (Steve Lowery, Skip Kendall/2000)...Finished ninth on the 2004 Ryder Cup team points list to make his first Ryder Cup team at age 48, oldest player to finish in top 10 in U.S. Ryder Cup points. 2003: Posted a career-high nine top-10s, including a T2 at the FBR Capital Open in Potomac, MD...On the strength of T7 finish at PGA Championship, was named as Captain's Pick by Jack Nicklaus to 2003 U.S. Presidents Cup team. 2002: Topped $2 million in earnings for the first time and finished a then-highest 13th on the money list. Had four runner-up finishes, a career best. The last players to have that many runner-up finishes in a year without winning were Davis Love III and Tom Lehman in 1999...T4 at PGA after taking halfway lead and then placed T2 the following week at the NEC Invitational in Seattle. 2001: Finished in the top 20 10 times, including a T3 at the Air Canada Championship and a third at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 2000: Suffered a tear in right knee which required surgery in September, but rebounded by making his last six cuts of the year, including back-to-back top-10s to end the season, a T4 at National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort and T6 at Southern Farm Bureau Classic. 1999: Finished second three times and posted eight top-10s. Runner-up at MasterCard Colonial, Air Canada Championship and B.C. Open (losing Monday playoff to Brad Faxon). 1998: Collected his fifth TOUR victory and for the first time in his 10-year career eclipsed the $1-million mark in earnings. Made 25 of 32 cuts on his way to $1,121,988 season in which he was among top 10 eight times and top 25 17 times. Along with victory, also finished second and third...Earned two-stroke win at Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. After rounds of 69-64, stood one off 36-hole lead. Third-round 69 produced share of the lead. Birdied four holes on Sunday back nine on way to 66...Nearly became two-time winner for first time since 1995 at Buick Challenge, losing a playoff when Steve Elkington parred first extra hole. 1996: Earned fourth victory in five-year stretch, at B.C. Open. Third-round 63 moved him into share of lead with Pete Jordan. After birdieing four of six holes on Sunday, round was canceled due to rain and tournament was reduced to 54 holes. Hit 7-iron approach on first extra hole to within 10 inches to secure victory...Nearly won again the following week when rain reduced Buick Challenge to 36 holes. Was part of five-man playoff won by Michael Bradley. 1995: Opened four-stroke lead through 54 holes of Ideon Classic. Won by one stroke over Jim McGovern after closing 73...Entered final round of Buick Challenge tied with Steve Stricker before closing 67 gave him one-stroke victory over John Morse and Loren Roberts. 1992: First TOUR victory came at Shell Houston Open. Grabbed one-stroke lead with course-record 62 in third round, then shot closing 70 for two-stroke victory over Kirk Triplett. Shot 59 on TPC Scottsdale (Desert Course) during pro-am at Phoenix Open. 1989: Rookie on the PGA TOUR. 1984: Won Foot-Joy National Assistant Pro Championship.
Golf coach at University of Maryland from 1982 through 1988...Also worked as newspaper circulation supervisor before joining TOUR...One of the first TOUR players to have LASIK surgery. One of his bag sponsors is Dr. Whitten & Associates...Named to the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 as well as the state of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame...Active in Jacksonville (FL) community, raising funds for J.T. Townsend, who suffered a spinal cord injury playing high school football in 2004. Assisted in raising money for after-care expenses and building a wheelchair-accessible home for Townsend. The family moved into the home in 2006...Made his first hole-in-one at the Mid-Atlantic Pro-Am at Evergreen CC in Virginia with a 6-iron from 165 yards...Says the one thing being a professional golfer has allowed him to do is help others...One course he could play for the rest of his life is Pebble Beach because of its beauty.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
The Presidents Cup (2), 2003, 2005; Ryder Cup (1), 2004.