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Tom Pernice, Jr.

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
4
Current Position
To Par: +1
Total Strokes: 76 - 70 - 70 - 69 : 285
T42   T38
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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
  • Residence: Murrieta, CA.
  • Age: 52
  • Turned Pro: 1982

PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 1999,Buick Open. 2001,The INTERNATIONAL Presented by Qwest.

2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$48,085 (204)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T3-- Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

67 at Round 3, Sony Open in Hawaii. 67 at Round 1, The Honda Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Finished T3 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, his first Champions Tour start of the season. Shot 64 in the opening round and was just one stroke off the lead.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Buick Open, The INTERNATIONAL Presented by Qwest.

Career Highlights

2011: In mid-July, nearly became the second-oldest winner of a PGA TOUR event when he finished T2 at the Viking Classic in Mississippi. After a third consecutive 67, he finished at 21-under-par 267 and was the clubhouse leader until rookie Chris Kirk, playing three groups behind, made a key birdie at No. 17 to take the lead for good and go on to his first career win at 22-under par. Had he prevailed at age 51 years, 10 months, 12 days, he would have been the second-oldest winner in TOUR history behind Sam Snead, who was 52 when he won the 1965 Greater Greenboro Classic. He also would have been the first over-50 player to win on the PGA TOUR since Fred Funk in 2007, at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, and just the third member of the Champions Tour to win on the PGA TOUR, joining Funk and Craig Stadler (2003 B.C. Open)...Opened the season with a T13 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Despite three rounds in the 60s, saw streak of top-10s on the Champions Tour end at nine straight...Finished T5 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am...Also T6 at the Songdo IBD Championship, T8 at the Toshiba Classic and T10 at The ACE Group Classic...Was just two strokes behind 54-hole leader Mark Calcavecchia at the Regions Tradition before a final-round 74 dropped him to a 10th-place finish...Thanks to three straight sub-par rounds finished T5 at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in July...In addition to his effort at the Viking Classic, he also made the cut in three other PGA TOUR events—AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T48), the Mayakoba Golf Classic (T19) and the FedEx St. Jude Classic (T73)...Beginning the week of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as the fifth alternate and ranked 143rd on the money list, he capitalized on his opportunity in the season's final event. Posted a third-round, 4-under 68 to start Sunday tied for sixth and within striking position of becoming the PGA TOUR's second-oldest winner. Following a final-round, 3-under 69, waited until virtually the last putt dropped Sunday to see if it was good enough to elevate him to within the top 125. Finished T3 at the tournament, worthy of a 121st place money-list finish. He was last exempt on TOUR in 2009 after finishing No. 80 on money list in 2008. 2010: Ironman recorded 10th consecutive season with at least 30 starts, with 22 on the PGA TOUR and 10 on the Champions Tour. Recorded his first top 10 of the TOUR season at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T7). The 50-year-old was the oldest player in the field. In the third round, he was paired with the youngest, 16-year-old Jordan Spieth, and shot 66 to Spieth's 67...On the Champions Tour, finished no worse than T9 in his last nine last starts, including five at T5 or better. Solo runner-up at both Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and SAS Championship. Plans to play both Tours again in 2011. 2009: Finished outside the top 125 (No. 140) on the money list for the first time since the 2000 season...Shot a 63 in the second round en route to a T9 finish at the 50th Bob Hope Classic...Turned 50 on September 5th and won his first start on the Champions Tour at the SAS Championship, holing a 36-foot putt to defeat Nick Price and David Frost by a stroke...Was co-leader after a first-round 62 at Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, eventually finishing T7...At PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, made double bogey on the final hole to miss earning exempt status by one stroke. 2008: Made the cut in 22 of 30 starts. Finished No. 80 in FedExCup points and earnings, thanks to six top-10 finishes (the second-highest total of his career). 2007: Had just two top-10 finishes in 31 starts. 2006: Enjoyed the best season of his 15-year TOUR career with career-high seven top-10s and more than $2 million in earnings ($2,396,548). Earned first trip to THE TOUR Championship after finishing 30th on the money list. Best finish was a second at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. 2005: Finished strong with a second and a third in his last two starts at the FUNAI Classic and Chrysler Championship. 2004: Among the five top-10s were a career-high two thirds—The International and the Buick Championship. 2003: Played in 31 tournaments and made 21 cuts, including 11 consecutive at the end of the season, longest consecutive cuts streak of his career. 2002: First top-10 of the season came at the Shell Houston Open, his 10th start of the season, with a T6. Finished the year on a strong note with three top-15s, including a T7 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. 2001: Collected his second TOUR victory and for the first time eclipsed the $1-million mark in season earnings. At The International, accumulated 12 points in each of the first two rounds under Modified Stableford scoring system and led by two. Added nine points in round three and increased his lead to three. Recorded only one point in the final round, but was good enough for one-point victory over Chris Riley. Inspirational victory because his two daughters, Kristen and Brooke, were in attendance. Brooke, then age 6, is visually impaired. 2000: Opened the season at the Mercedes Championships with T8. His third-round 65 was the low round of the championship...His only other top-10 came at the rain-shortened BellSouth Classic, a T5. 1999: Earned first PGA TOUR victory at the Buick Open. His closing 65 resulted in a one-stroke victory over Tom Lehman, Ted Tryba and Bob Tway. Victory came in his 213th career start on the PGA TOUR. 1998: The first season he earned fully-exempt status. Although it took more than half a year because of tournament delay, had runner-up finish to Phil Mickelson at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 1997: Earned more than $100,000 for the first time, with $173,012, placing him 127th on the money list. Best finish was fourth at Greater Milwaukee Open...Finished 25th at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament to return to TOUR in 1998. 1996: Had three top-10 Nationwide Tour finishes, including T6 at Miami Valley Open. 1992: Best Nationwide Tour finish that year was a T3 at Hawkeye Open. 1986: Earned status on the PGA TOUR with his second-place finish at the 1985 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Made 12 cuts and finished 148th on the money list with $40,172. Amateur: Two-time All-American at UCLA...Pac-10 Player of Year in 1981...Teammates at UCLA included Jay Delsing, Corey Pavin, Steve Pate and Duffy Waldorf.

Personal

All-conference wrestler in high school...Daughter Brooke has a genetic disease, Leber's Amorosis, which causes blindness. Her retinas did not develop fully at birth. Tom and Brooke won the National Car Rental Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort father-child event for Brooke's age group in 2001. Brooke released a Country/Christian recording in 2007 titled "Help from Above" and performed at the 2008 PLAYERS Championship.