Started using a long putter to help with back pain and became the first player to win on TOUR using a long, broom putter when he won the 1991 Doral-Ryder Open. Currently putts conventionally. Finished 600th out of 5,619 players in his first appearance at the 2005 World Series of Poker's Main Event. Began playing poker in 2004.
Grew up in Greensburg, Pa., just miles from Arnold Palmer's home in nearby Latrobe. Played with Palmer for the first time when he was 19, at Latrobe CC.
Worked early in his career with former Champions Tour member Jim Ferree, who was a club professional in Pennsylvania.