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Joey  Sindelar

Joey Sindelar

Horseheads, NY

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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: Fort Knox, KY
  • Residence: Horseheads, NY
  • Age: 54
  • Turned Pro: 1981

PGA TOUR Victories

(7) 1985,Greater Greensboro Open, B.C. Open. 1987,B.C. Open. 1988,Honda Classic, The International. 1990,Hardee's Golf Classic. 2004,Wachovia Championship.

Other Victories

(1): 1981 New York State Open.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$300,474 (17)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T2-- Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. T5-- Toshiba Classic.

Champions Tour Best Round

66 at Round 2, ACE Group Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Came close to posting his first career Champions Tour win when he and teammate John Cook finished one stroke shy of the winning team of Michael Allen-David Frost at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in Savannah in April. The pair posted a three-round total of 28-under-par 188, including a closing-round 11-under-par 61...Turned in a nice effort at the Toshiba Classic in March when he was T5 at Newport Beach.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Greater Greensboro Open, B.C. Open, B.C. Open, Honda Classic, The International, Hardee's Golf Classic, Wachovia Championship.

2011 Season Highlights

Finished among the top-30 money-winners for a fourth consecutive year and played his best golf in the middle part of the season when he was among the top-eight four times in a stretch of five appearances...Was in contention on the back nine at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and eventually finished T4 at En-Joie GC. His three consecutive sub-70 rounds in Endicott were also a first since his three straight scores in the 60s at the Allianz Championship in February, 2010...Followed his effort in upstate New York the next week with three more rounds in the 60s and a third-place finish at the Montreal Championship, his best Champions Tour performance since the Allianz Championship...The Ohio State product enjoyed a successful return to Ohio for July's U.S. Senior Open at Inverness, finishing T4 on the strength of four straight sub-par scores...The following week, was T8 at the 3M Championship on the strength of a final-round 65 at the TPC Twin Cities...Closed his year with a T7 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, posting four straight rounds of par/better at TPC Harding Park...Was out of action for just over a month with a lower-back injury. Initially was forced to withdraw from the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf after the first round and teammate John Cook subsequently withdrew from the better-ball team event. Did not return to the circuit until early June at The Principal Charity Classic and finished T16 in Iowa.

Career Highlights

2010: Teamed with former Ohio State teammate John Cook to finish second to Mark O'Meara and Nick Price at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April. The two teams finished the 54-hole event tied at 28-under-par 188, but despite not making a bogey in regulation, the pair each bogeyed the second playoff hole to finish second...Got the season off to a good start in Florida. Was in contention on the back nine at the Allianz Championship and birdied the last hole to finish solo third in Boca Raton, his best Champions Tour performance since coming in a distant second to Fred Funk at the 2009 U.S. Senior Open. 2009: Went beyond the seven-figure earnings mark for the first time since 2005 and eventually finished 11th on the final money list, his highest standing since placing third on the PGA TOUR money list in 1988...His seven top-10s were also the most he's had in a single season since 1988...Year featured a pair of runner-up finishes and also was in contention for a victory several other times...Early in the season, along with Mark O'Meara, finished T2 at the Toshiba Classic, one stroke behind Eduardo Romero. Final-round, bogey-free 63 equaled the low round of the tournament (Joe Ozaki, 63, third round) and also matched his Champions Tour career-best score...One week later, finished T4 at the AT&T Champions Classic after being the 18- and 36-hole leader in the event. Held the lead midway through the final round but fell back after two bogeys midway through the back nine and T4...Fourth-place effort at The Cap Cana Championship helped him lock up March Player of the Month honors. Was up by one stroke late in the round Sunday but made a bogey at No. 17 to drop out of the lead and eventually finished two shots behind winner Keith Fergus...In late April, partnered former college teammate John Cook to a T3 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The pair finished one stroke shy of making the two-team playoff, eventually won by Bernhard Langer/Tom Lehman...In early August, made a spirited run at the U.S. Senior Open, but was unable to overtake Fred Funk, finishing second in the tournament. Posted four straight sub-par rounds at Crooked Stick and 72-hole total was an impressive 14-under-par 274, still six strokes back of Funk. Performance in Indianapolis was his best-ever in a major championship on any Tour...Other opportunity for a win came in Iowa when he was one stroke out of the 36-hole lead at The Principal Charity Classic and then briefly tied for the lead early in the final round before falling into an eventual T12...Earned a spot in the Champions Tour's season-ending event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, but was forced to withdraw early in the third round with a pulmonary embolism. 2008: Turned in a solid rookie season on the Champions Tour that saw him record four top-five finishes in his first nine appearances...Did not join the Champions Tour until he turned 50 in late March and made his debut in early April at the inaugural Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic (T61)...Best chances for victory both came in appearances in his native upstate New York area...Was T3 at the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill near Rochester. Rebounded from an opening-round 76 to contend on the back nine Sunday in front of partisan fans. Also made spirited bid for a win at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in July near his home but was done in by a bogey, double-bogey finish at the En-Joie GC. A two-time winner of the PGA TOUR's B.C. Open at the course in Endicott, NY, he finished fourth, three strokes behind Eduardo Romero...One week after his strong showing in Rochester, finished fourth at The Principal Charity Classic...Earned his first Champions Tour top-10 finish when he teamed with former Ohio State teammate John Cook to finish T4 in the Legends Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah...Carded a Champions Tour career-best, 8-under 63 in the final round of the AT&T Championship to finish T8 in San Antonio.

Personal

Is a childhood friend of fellow Champions Tour player Mike Hulbert. As an 18-year-old in 1976, teamed with Hulbert to defeat newly appointed Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim and his partner in a CC of Ithaca best-ball event...Struck up a lasting friendship with Boeheim and remains a huge SU fan...Son Jamie plays golf at Ohio State...His favorite TV channel is The Weather Channel, and he enjoys watching Syracuse basketball games and Syracuse and Ohio State football...Musical tastes run from classic rock to country music...His favorite teams as a kid were the New York Jets with Joe Namath and the Walt Frazier-led New York Knicks. "Who could ask for more?" he says....Among the bookmarks on his computer are syracuse.com, weather.com and PGA TOUR Links...The first job he ever had was doing roofing and siding with his father, which helped pay for the golf trips he took with with Mike Hulbert. His dad delivered mail and the roofing work was a second job...Favorite meal is a medium-rare New York strip or porterhouse (Pittsburgh style) steak, a side of spaghetti, salad and bread...When he's traveling on Tour, among his favorite restaurants are Trattoria Romana in Boca Raton, FL, Harry's Cafe and Steak House in New York, Tollgate Steakhouse in Mamaroneck, NY, Rafter's Steakhouse in Milwaukee, WI, and Tramonti in Delray Beach, FL...Says the one talent he'd most love to have is being able to play the piano...His favorite athlete in another sport is the Colts' Peyton Manning...Among his favorite movies are "Legends of the Fall," "Terminator 2," "The American President," "Dumb & Dumber" and "The Fifth Element."...One course he's never played that he'd love to is St. Andrews...Says his most memorable vacation was "Going to New York City with my wife for a year-end and anniversary trip."...His most memorable shot was his hole-in-one at No. 14 at En-Joie in the final round at the 1985 B.C. Open, going from 1-down to 2-up when Mike Reid made a bogey. He went went on to win the first of two B.C. Open titles. "I always tell people there were 2,000 people there, but 20,000 people said they saw it!."...The first concert he ever attended was Kansas while in college at Ohio State...If he's not playing sports he enjoys watching his sons play sports, watching Syracuse and Ohio State football and basketball and fishing on Keuka Lake, a member of New York's Finger Lakes.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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