Didn't begin playing golf until returning from his military service in Vietnam. Got his instruction from reading Ben Hogan's book, The Five Fundamentals of Golf.
Broke 100 the first time he played and broke 70 within nine months.
Active in golf course design, with 12 courses open for play worldwide.
Was a pitcher/shortstop for a Georgia Colt League championship team as a youngster.
Missed seven weeks during the summer of 1998 with a herniated disc near his neck.
Underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage and the removal of a cyst on his right wrist in February 2005 in Orlando, Fla.