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PGA TOUR Victories (3)
PGA TOUR Champions Victories (36)
International Victories (61)
Additional Victories (4)
CURRENT YEAR HIGHLIGHTS
Showed no signs of slowing down in his 10th full season on PGA TOUR Champions, posting seven victories, including three major championships as well as setting a new Tour mark for season earnings ($3,677,359). Three of his seven victories came at age 60 and two came in back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup playoff events. Led the Tour in numerous statistical categories, including scoring average (68.03), putting average, all-around, total driving and finished second in greens in regulation. Also led all players in three-putt avoidance with just 19 three-putts all year. After leading the Charles Schwab Cup race for the majority of the season, he narrowly missed claiming a fourth consecutive title and fifth overall when he finished second to Kevin Sutherland, who claimed the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Capped another stellar year by securing a record fourth Charles Schwab Cup title, a record eighth Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour's leading money winner as well as a record sixth Jack Nicklaus Award as the Player of the Year. He also won the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average for the fifth time, matching Don January's record.
Claimed his second-consecutive Charles Schwab Cup, and became the first player to win the Charles Schwab Cup three times in his career, earning a $1-million bonus for the third time. Finished second to Billy Andrade at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, losing in a playoff. However, he earned 508 points at Desert Mountain and rallied from third place to overtake both Jeff Maggert and Colin Montgomerie in the final Schwab Cup standings. Also earned a second consecutive Byron Nelson Award, his fourth overall, for best scoring average (68.69). Collected the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money winner for a record seventh time in eight years on Tour. Won multiple titles in a season for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall in his PGA TOUR Champions career. Missed the cut at both the Masters and PLAYERS Championship.
Even in his mid-50s, left no doubt he was the best player on the PGA TOUR Champions. Earned Player of the Year honors for an unprecedented fourth time (2008-10) and 2014 on the strength of five victories, the most by a player in a season since he won five in 2010. A pair of titles came in major championships. In addition to his two majors, was among the top-10 finishers in the other three PGA TOUR Champions majors, and he claimed his first Charles Schwab Cup since 2010, clinching the season-long points race in the final full-field event of the season, a T6 at the AT&T Championship. Broke Hale Irwin's all-time record for most money earned in a year ($3,028,304 in 2002) when he finished with $3,074,189 after his T4 performance at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the year's final event. It was the sixth time in the last seven years he has collected the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA TOUR Champions's leader in yearly earnings. During this span, the only time he failed to do so was in 2011 when he was sidelined for part of the year with a thumb injury. Collected the Byron Nelson Award for a third time (2008-09) with a Scoring Average of 68.03, second only to Fred Couples' all-time mark (67.96) in 2010. Set an all-time record on any Tour for Greens In Regulation, hitting an amazing 78.35 percent over his 66 rounds. Highlights of his year were multiple major titles during the summer, the second time he's won a pair of major championships in the same season (2010), and he joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, becoming just the third player to claim multiple majors in a season twice. Was also second in four tournaments, including three times over a four-event stretch early in the season.
Earned his fifth Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner in the last six years when he claimed the title, earning $2,448,428 in official money, $200,000 more than runner-up Kenny Perry. Also finished second to Fred Couples for the Byron Nelson Trophy despite a scoring average of 68.92. Led the Champions Tour in top-10s, with 18, over his 24 starts. Won a pair of titles early in the campaign and then missed on a number of chances for a third victory during the last half of the season.
Became the Champions Tour's first four-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner when he went past the $2-million mark ($2,140,296) for the fourth time in the last five years. Finished in the top 10 in 14 of his last 15 starts and placed second to Tom Lehman in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup race, losing by 435 points.
Made just 14 Champions Tour appearances due to a left-thumb surgery that kept him out of action from late March until mid-June. Underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal joint on his left thumb on March 23 after suffering an injury in a freak biking accident in the off-season prior to the start of the 2011 campaign. Returned to competition on the European Senior Tour at the Berenberg Bank Masters and finished T11.
Capped his stellar year by winning nearly all the Champions Tour major awards, including the Charles Schwab Cup (points leader), the Jack Nicklaus Award (Player of the Year) and the Arnold Palmer Award (leading money-winner). He also became the first Champions Tour players to win the Jack Nicklaus Award and the Arnold Palmer Award three consecutive years. His season earnings of $2,648,939 was the fourth-best total in Champions Tour annals, and he averaged $115,171 per start while posting five wins. The five victories were the most in a season since Craig Stadler also won five in 2004, and he was also the first international player to win five times in a season since Bob Charles in 1989. Earned Player of the Month honors for July when he claimed consecutive major titles on the Champions Tour, a first on the circuit since Tom Watson in 2003. Led all players in Rounds in the 60s (49), Sub-Par Rounds (54) and Top-10 Finishes (15).
Won his second consecutive Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner and also picked up his second straight Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour (68.92). It was the lowest mark since Tom Watson has a 68.81 in 2003. His 15 top-10 finishes and 68.32 final-round scoring average led all players in those categories. Selected as the Champions Tour Player of the Month for January/February and again in June. Finished fourth in the final Charles Schwab Cup race.
Was a major force in his first full season on the Champions Tour and was the only player to finish among the top 10 in all five senior majors. Won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour's leading money winner, with $2,035,073 and narrowly earned the Byron Nelson Award as the scoring leader over Jay Haas. Finished with a 69.65 to 69.66 for Haas. Finished third in the Charles Schwab Cup race, only 96 points behind Haas and went on to earn Player of the Year honors. Tied for second in Top-10 Finishes, with Haas, one shy of John Cook's Champions Tour's best of 15. Named the Player of the Month in March as a result of a pair of victories during the month.
Notched four top-10s in 14 starts on TOUR, including a playoff loss at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, and captured his first Champions Tour title late in the 2007 season. After turning 50 on August 27, did not play the PGA TOUR for the rest of the year and did not participate in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Played 24 events on the PGA TOUR with 16 made cuts. Lone top-10 was a T10 at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in first start.
Finished 84th on the money list and totaled just under $1 million in earnings.
Despite carrying the extra burdens of his captaincy, finished in the top 100 (83rd) on the TOUR money list for just the third time in his last 10 seasons. Four top-10s on TOUR were most since seven in 2001.
Named 2004 Ryder Cup Captain in July. Competed in 21 TOUR events, tying the 1986 season for most starts of TOUR career, but managed only two top-10s.
Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame.
Posted seven top-10s on TOUR for first time since 1987 season including a second and three third-place finishes—THE PLAYERS Championship, WORLDCOM CLASSIC and The Open Championship. First German to be elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame via International Ballot and was slated for induction in the Fall of 2002.
Made appearances in 10 PGA TOUR events, the most since 14 in 1988. Participated in 12 European Tour events, where he finished runner-up twice—at the TNT Dutch Open and the BMW International Open. The latter is the only event held in Germany he never won.
The only time he has been outside the top 30 in the Order of Merit since 1980, finishing 39th.