Lee Rinker comes from a golf family that includes brother, Larry, a veteran of the PGA TOUR, and sister, Laurie, a member of the LPGA. After serving as Director of Golf at the Emerald Dunes Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., since 2005, he earned fully-exempt status on the 2011 Champions Tour by finishing T2 at last fall's National Qualifying Tournament at the TPC Eagle Trace.
Rinker played the PGA TOUR in 1984 and again from 1995-99. His career year came in 1997 when he finished second to Tiger Woods at the GTE Byron Nelson Classic and then was T2 behind Gabriel Hjertstedt at the B.C. Open.
Here's a few of his favorite things:
Player: Tom Watson
Mode of Transportation: 2000 Lexus, because it's paid for
Book: "The Power of Positive Thinking", Norman Vincent Peale
Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream
TV Show: "Two and a Half Men"
Movie: Notting Hill
Career Highlight: Finishing second to Tiger Woods at the 1997 Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Gadget: My new iPad
Website: Food Network
Charity: "I've done work for quite a few charities over the years but I don't have any individual one."
Motto: "It's a marathon, not a sprint."
Vacation destination: I haven't been to Europe, that's where I want to go.
Thing to do with my family: Love watching my kids play sports
Thing to conquer boredom: I don't have time to be bored
Sport other than golf: Both pro and college basketball. I've followed the Miami Heat for a number of years
Article of clothing: Shoes
Thing to avoid (food): Liver
Something you'll never do again: Hopefully never go back to the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament