Grew up only 50 yards from the practice putting green of Mill Creek GC in Ostrander, Ohio, where grandfather built the course and where his father is superintendent.
Started playing golf at age 3, but says he didn't get serious about it until high school. Won the Division II state title his junior and senior years of high school.
The week after British Open victory, was a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman," hitting wedge shots rooftop to rooftop during the telecast. Also visited President George W. Bush in the White House.
Caddie for most of 2003 was former Kent State University teammate Danny Sahl. Andy Sutton, a long-time caddie on the European Tour, worked for him at the British Open.
Is friends with fellow Kent State alum Lou Holtz, also a member at Lake Nona G&CC in Orlando, Fla.
Was among six athletes to be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2012.