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Rod Spittle

CanadaCanada

Start Position
9
Current Position
To Par: +7
Total Strokes: 75 - 72 - 70 - 74 : 291
T47   T56
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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada
  • Residence: Columbus, OH; Dunedin, FL
  • Age: 56
  • Turned Pro: 2004

Champions Tour Victories

(1) 2010,AT&T Championship.

Other Victories

(2): 1977 Canadian Amateur. 1978 Canadian Amateur.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$144,119 (34)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T9-- ACE Group Classic, Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare.

Champions Tour Best Round

66 at Round 2, ACE Group Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Closed with a 69 to finish T9 at the Insperity Championship.

Career Best Champions Tour Finishes

1-- AT&T Championship.

Career Highlights

2011: Joined Jeff Sluman as the only two professionals to play in every official Champions Tour event and managed to finish among the top-30 money-winners for the first time, thanks to four top-10 efforts, all before July 4...Earnings of $731,144 almost equaled his career earnings on the Champions Tour prior to the season ($780,698)...Had his best finish of the year in his second start, nearly winning the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Playing in the final grouping Sunday, battled Sluman and eventual-winner Tom Lehman down the stretch in the final round before eventually finishing T2 with Sluman. Was atop the leaderboard at times on the back nine on Sunday but missed a critical 6-foot birdie putt at No. 18 which would have earned him a spot in a playoff with Lehman, who, moments after the miss, won the tournament with a short birdie putt...Followed performance at Allianz with a T6 at the ACE Group Classic, shooting 6-under 66 in the final round...In early June, played his last 48 holes of The Principal Charity Classic without making a bogey and his final-round 65 at Glen Oaks CC led to a T3 finish in Iowa...A month later, posted a career-best round of 10-under-par 62 Sunday at the Montreal Championship. The 62 was an 18-hole record for the tournament and vaulted him up into a T7 finish in his native Canada...Was a co-leader through 36 holes of the Senior British Open at Walton Heath but struggled in the final two rounds and finished T12 in England. 2010: Made just five starts but final appearance of the season was a big one...As an open-qualifier into the event, claimed the last full-field tournament of the season, the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Prevailed in a one-hole playoff with Jeff Sluman. Trailed 36-hole leader Larry Nelson by two strokes, but tied Sluman for the lead after 17 holes, thanks to consecutive birdies on Nos. 15-17. After the two finished at 12-under, he won on the first extra hole with a 4-foot par putt. In the process, he became the 11th open-qualifier in Champions Tour history to win an event and the first since Pete Oakley at the 2004 Senior British Open. Win at the AT&T event also made him the first Canadian to claim a title on the Champions Tour since Dave Barr at the 2003 Royal Caribbean Classic. Victory also made him the last of eight first-time Champions Tour winners in 2010...Open qualified earlier in the year at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and was T28...Was T28 again at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee. 2009: One of six players to T12 at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament but missed on one of the two conditionally-exempt spots when he made a par on he second playoff hole...Did not play in an official Champions Tour event during the season. 2008: Lone top-10 effort was a T6 at the 3M Championship. 2007: Recorded a runner-up finish at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Second-round, 8-under 64 was a career low at the time and moved him into second place, three strokes back of R.W. Eaks. Finished T2 along with Jay Haas, two strokes behind Eaks, after making birdies on three of his last five holes. His $128,000 check vaulted him into the top 50 on the money list for the first time. Earlier in the season, finished T6 at the Regions Charity Classic in Alabama after shooting a final-round 66 at Ross Bridge.

Personal

Did not turn professional until 2004, working 25 years selling corporate insurance. Starred as a collegian at Ohio State University where he was a teammate of John Cook and Joey Sindelar...Biggest thrill away from golf was becoming a grandfather...Heroes are Arnold Palmer and Bobby Orr...One of his superstitions is marking his ball on the putting green with a Canadian dime...Dream foursome would include his dad and his two sons...Favorite golf courses are Little Turtle GC, Sahalee CC and Scioto GC...One of the things he carries in his golf bag is one of his dad's yellow golf balls...Favorite athlete in another sport is Rick Nash of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets...Favorite TV shows include "CSI: Miami," "The Mentalist" and "Blue Bloods," while his favorite all-time movies include "Top Gun," "The Rookie" and "The Untouchables."...His first job was putting bumper stickers on cars at Marineland in Niagara Falls...Says he's love to trade places for a day with James Bond...His favorite team as a kid was the Boston Bruins and favorite player was Bobby Orr...One course he'd love to play is St. Andrews...His most memorable shot was his par putt to win the AT&T Championship...Supports the Special Olympics in Columbus...His bucket list includes buying a house on the beach.

Champions Tour Playoff Record

1-0