Was a solid athlete is several sports as a youth but excelled at golf.
Has managed to rebound from a series of physical setbacks in his career. Escaped with facial injuries when his car collided with a bus near his parents' farm in 1980. While on vacation in Cape Town in December 1993, suffered a freak nerve injury in his neck while playing cricket with his kids. Knee injury curtailed his 1995 season.
Best shot of his career was his pitch to nine feet from 68 yards on the final hole that beat Ian Woosnam at the 1987 British Masters.
Favorite golf course is the Old Course at St. Andrews, but only when the weather is ideal.
First modeled his game after Arnold Palmer and then refined it like Gary Player as he grew older.
Plays the piano.
Dream foursome would include Bobby Locke, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.