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Played in just two official events.
Competed in 16 events, with his best finish a T25 in the first full-field event of the year, the Royal Caribbean Classic. Also had his highest finish in the Georgia-Pacific Super Seniors competition there, a solo sixth.
Made 16 PGA TOUR Champions appearances, with his best effort coming in his final start of the year, at the Pacific Bell Senior Classic in Los Angeles. Shot rounds of 73-69-74 and was T44 in the overall field and T3 in the MasterCard Champions competition. That second-round 69 was his low round of the year.
Healthy for the first full season since 1992 and was among the top 25 twice, with both efforts coming in the early part of the year. Came up short in the Legendary Champions Division at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with Don January. Was T7 in the 54-hole full-field tournament.
With Don January, was T4 in defense of his Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Legendary Champions Division and T22 overall in the 54-hole tournament.
Surpassed his combined total of top-10 finishes in 1990 and 1991 and went over the $200,000 mark in official earnings for the first time in three years. Led the Vantage Classics in victories, with seven, including three in a row in August. Third on the Classics earnings list, with $151,217.
Rebounded to have a solid year, with six top-10 finishes in 22 appearances, making almost three times the amount he earned in 1990. Shot 65-69 in the final two days of the Murata Reunion Pro-Am and T3, only one shot out of the Chi Chi Rodriguez-Jim Colbert playoff. Captured six Vantage Classics events, including three in a row during the spring and ended the year fourth on the Classics money list. Was also T6 at both the Showdown Classic (Utah), the GTE North Classic (Indianapolis) and solo seventh at the First Development Kaanapali Classic.
Highlight of his year and of his career came when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Recorded only two top-10s among his 20 starts. Was T10 at the Aetna Challenge in his fourth start of the year and then waited until early December, in his final full-field start, to finish solo ninth at the GTE Kaanapali Classic.
Contended in numerous other events, recording 13 top-10s in his 24 official starts. Beside his victory, he was T3 at the MONY Arizona Classic, finishing two strokes behind winner Bruce Crampton at The Pointe GC. Had a pair of fourth-place performances–at the MONY Syracuse Senior Classic (solo fourth, four shots behind winner Jim Dent) and at the Sunwest-Charley Pride Classic in New Mexico. Shot a tournament-best, 7-under 65 the final day to move into a T4.
Played a career-high 28 PGA TOUR Champions tournaments, with 10 top-10s and a third-place showing his top finish. Was third at the Southwestern Bell Classic, bookending 68s around a second-round 70 to end three shots out of the Gary Player-Harold Henning playoff that Player won. Added a T4 at the Vantage at The Dominion in May, a T5 and a T6 on back-to-back weekends at the Crestar Classic (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) and the PaineWebber Invitational in (Charlotte, N.C.) in September.
Won multiple titles for a second consecutive season, capturing wins at the NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative in Scarborough, N.Y. Lurked around the lead then made his move in the final round with a 5-under 65 to sneak past second-round leader Dale Douglass by a stroke at Sleepy Hollow CC. Was T5 at the Bank One Senior Golf Classic, T6 at both the Crestar Classic and the Fairfield Barnett Senor Classic and T7 at the Denver Post Champions of Golf.
Played in 26 PGA TOUR Champions events, winning two official and events and one unofficial and finishing 10th on the money list. Other top-10s came at the GTE Northwest Classic (T6), the U.S. Senior Open, the MONY Syracuse Senior Classic and Pepsi Senior Challenge (eighth) and the Senior Tournament Players Championship (T10).
Went winless and finished second four times. Other top-10s came at the American Golf Carta Blanca Johnny Mathis Classic (third), the Vintage Invitational (T4), the Champions Classic (T5), the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am (T6), the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Pro-Am (sixth), the Denver Post Champions of Golf and Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic (T7s), the U.S. Senior Open (T8), the du Maurier Champions (T8) and the Greenbrier American Express Classic and Quadel Senior Classic (T9s).
Was ninth at the Citizens Union Senor Golf Classic in Lexington, Ky., in September, was T7 at both the United Virginia Bank Seniors at Hermitage CC in Richmond and at the Suntree Classic in Melbourne, Fla., and was T9 at the Hilton Head Seniors International in South Carolina in October.
Added three T7s–at the Peter Jackson Champions in Canada, the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Pro-Am in Rhode Island and the World Seniors Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
Inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.
Made eight of 17 cuts on the PGA TOUR, a T24 at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic his top performance.
Added top-10 showings at the Masters T8 and the Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic (T9).
Although he didn't win, had seven top-10s among his 18 made cuts, with his best finish a T4 at the First NBC New Orleans Open. Added top 10s at the Hawaiian Open (T8), the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open (T7), the Doral-Eastern Open (T9), the Greater Greensboro Open (T10) and the Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic (T8).
Earned $182,883, his best PGA TOUR earnings season. Turned in his last multi-win PGA TOUR campaign, securing three titles. First victory of the year was at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Took a share of the lead with Tom Watson at the halfway point, upped his advantage to four strokes through three rounds and coasted to a four-shot win over Hubert Green. Also had top-10s at the Phoenix Open (T7), the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (T9), the MONY Tournament of Champions (T7) and the Kaiser International Open. At the Kaiser, was only a stroke off Johnny Miller's 54-hole lead as he looked to win his fourth title of the year. Could only shoot an even-par 72 in the final round to T3, with Marty Fleckman and Lee Trevino, four shots behind Miller.
Made 22 PGA TOUR cuts, with a second-place effort at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open his top showing. Came close to winning his hometown event for the first time as a professional but came up a stroke short of Bobby Nichols, tying with Rod Curl. It was his seventh top-10 in the event and second runner-up finish.Picked up back-to-back top-10s prior to his San Diego performance, finishing T6 at the Phoenix Open and T9 at the Dean Martin-Tucson Open. Closed his PGA TOUR season with a T6 at the World Open in North Carolina and a T7 at the Kaiser International Open.
Returned to a full slate of action, with seven top-10s among his 19 made cuts, culminating in his victory at the St. Louis Children's Hospital Classic. Played dominant golf all week, opening with consecutive 66s and closing with a pair of 68s to hold off Bruce Crampton by a stroke. Was T4 at the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and seventh at the American Golf Classic. Received the Bob Jones and Ben Hogan Awards for his comeback from cancer.
After playing early in the season, including a T4 at the Phoenix Open, he went to the sidelines to undergo surgery for cancer of the lymph system in the spring and returned to action that fall. Last event before his surgery was a T31 at the Doral-Eastern Open. Returned to action in Octobert, at the Kaiser International Open, where he T35. Missed the cut at the San Antonio Texas Open and the Walt Disney World Open.
Only other top-10s of the campaign came at the Cleveland Open in June (T7) and the U.S. Professional Match Play Championship (T9, beating Dan Sikes and Dave Hill before falling to Phil Rodgers).
After a three-year absence from the winner's circle, he returned with a vengeance, winning twice in a six-week period and finished eighth on the money list, breaking the $100,000 earnings mark for the first time in his career ($100,555). Won the Phoenix Open for a second time, 10 years after his first triumph in the desert. Had four rounds in the 60s at Arizona CC–including a third-round 62–and hung on to beat Miller Barber, Don January and Billy Maxwell by two strokes.
Also claimed top-10s at the Phoenix Open (T7), the Lucky International Open (T9) and the Hawaiian Open (T8).
Had three top-10 finishes on the season but was never in serious contention in any of the tournaments. Was solo sixth at the Greensboro Open in April in North Carolina. Highlight was a final-round 67.
It was a what-might-have-been season as he was in prime position to win three tournaments but finished second in all of them. Also had three runner-up finishes as he finished ninth on the money list, earning a career-best $68,346. First runner-up showing of the campaign came in playoff fashion at the Tucson Open, a week after finishing third at the Phoenix Open. In Tucson, dropped his overtime session with Joe Campbell after both players finished two ahead of a trio of players.
Added top-10's at the Colonial National Invitation (T8) followed by a T7 at the Greater New Orleans Open.
Didn't win a tournament for a second consecutive year and dropped to 15th on the money list even though he won a little more than $500 more than in 1963. Other three top-10s came at the Lucky International Open in San Francisco (T5), the 500 Festival Open (T10) and the Carling World Open (T8).
Went winless for the first time since 1958 and dropped to 12th on the money list after finishing second the year previous. A year after finishing T3 at the Tucson Open, was T2 there, giving him four top-three finishes in seven starts there. Really never contended there, though, placing T2 with defending champion Phil Rodgers, 11 strokes behind winner Don January. Had back-to-back top-10s in early May, finishing T8 at the Tournament of Champions and T6 at the Colonial National Invitation. Final top-10s came in Minnesota (T8 at the St. Paul Open) and Pennsylvania (T7 at the Whitemarsh Open).
Finished second on the money list, behind two wins, three seconds and one third-place finish. First win came in San Francisco, at the Lucky International Open. Had eight other top-10s, his best a pair of T5s, at the Insurance City Open and the Dallas Open.
Named the California Athlete of the Year.
Two victories came six weeks apart–winning the Oklahoma City Open followed by a victory at the Eastern Open. In Oklahoma City, rode the wave of a second-round 64 to victory, taking a one-shot triumph over Art Wall. Was T4 at the Buick Open in early July, T9 the following week at the Canadian Open and T3 the week after, at the Western Open. Shot an opening, 1-over73 at the Western G&CC in Redford, Mich., then recovered with three under-par rounds (69-68-69) to finish a stroke out of the Wall-Stan Leonard playoff won by Leonard.
Began a streak of four consecutive years where he would finish in the top-10 on the money list. Finished second on the earnings chart, with $38,296–a career-high at the time. Also began a new streak of consecutive years winning, thanks to five tournament wins. First triumph came at the Phoenix Open, his second victory in that event to go with his 1955 title. Opened 67-63-67 and held a five-shot lead over Dave Ragan at the 54-hole mark. Shot a 1-over 71 on the final day at Arizona CC and had to hold off Art Wall, who had a final-round 66 but eventually fell by a stroke.
Saw his streak of winning end at three years. At the Hesperia Open in California in mid-October, finished solo second, a stroke behind winner John McMullen. He took control of the tournament at the halfway mark, opening a two-shot lead over Jerry Barber after a second-round 62. Added top 10s at the Kansas City Open (T6) and the Arlington Hotel Open (T9).
Won a PGA TOUR title for a third consecutive season, taking the Tournament of Champions by three strokes over Billy Casper, Jimmy Demaret, Dow Finsterwald and Billy Maxwell at Desert Inn CC in Las Vegas. First top-10 of the season came at the Pensacola Open (T10) and had another top-10 in the Sunshine State a week later, placing T87 at the St. Petersburg Open.
Followed up his four-victory season with three additional victories. Had two additional runner-up finishes, as well as three third-place showings. Was poised to win in Dallas for a second time on the season. Lost in a three-man playoff at the Texas International Open after Peter Thomson caught him and Middlecoff at the end of regulation by shooting a 7-under 63 on the final day at Preston Hollow GC. After all three birdied the first extra hole, Middlecoff hit into the water on the second hole, eliminating him. Thomson won the playoff with a 12-foot birdie putt. Also had three third-place showings–at the Thunderbird Invitational (a second-round 76 his undoing), at the Azalea Open and the Insurance City Open in Connecticut.Was also T5 at the Kansas City Open, fifth at the Phoenix Open, T6 at the Agua Caliente Open in Mexico and T7 at the Canadian Open.
Won his first PGA TOUR title as a professional and collected four titles overall. Began his year quickly, winning the Los Angeles Open in early January. Played his final 54 holes in 12 under to beat Ted Kroll by two strokes at Inglewood CC and had three chip-in birdies during the week. Final win of the season was in playoff fashion at the Labatt Open in Montreal. Made a routine par on the first extra hole at Summerlea G&CC to win his first international title. Of his 26 made cuts, he had 22 top-25s and 15 top-10s. Had disappointing third-place finishes at the Texas Open, the Western Open, the World Championship of Golf and the Cavalcade of Golf.
Joined the PGA TOUR shortly after winning the 1954 San Diego Open as an amateur and never had to qualify to play in a TOUR event.