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PGA TOUR Victories (25)
International Victories (6)
Additional Victories (4)
Q SCHOOL GRADUATE
Was part of a consortium that purchased Silverado CC in Napa, Calif., site of two of his PGA TOUR titles (1974 and 1975 Kaiser International Opens). Was also the lead architect on the course's redesign.
Played in his first and only Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, entering the Raphael Division with teammate Mike Reid, his World Cup partner from 1980. The two long-time friends shot rounds of 66-67 to finish solo fifth in Savannah.
Received golf's highest honor when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, along with Nick Faldo.
In his two starts, finished T69 at the weather-shortened AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am followed two weeks later by a T67 at the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson.
Began working full time as the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. Severely curtailed his playing schedule, entering only the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Finished T21.
Made seven cuts in 11 starts (two missed cuts, a WD and a DQ), with his top showing a T9 at the Nissan Los Angeles Open.
Played 14 events, making nine cuts. Turned in his best performance at the Canadian Open, a T17 effort the included bookend 69s in the first and final rounds.
Didn't appear as much of a threat at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after opening with rounds of 72-72, placing him in a tie for 30th through 36 holes. Jumped into contention with a 4-under 68 Saturday but was still five shots back of pacesetter Payne Stewart. A final-round 66 at Pebble Beach GL, coupled with Stewart's even-par 72, was enough to lift him to a one-shot triumph over Stewart, his 24th TOUR title. Didn't record another top-10 in any of his other 14 starts.
Made 17 of 19 cuts but never contended, while adding five top-10 finishes. Best showing came at the Canadian Open, a T4, thanks to a final-round 67. His performance in Canada was the third of three consecutive top-10s, the first two coming at the U.S. Open (eighth) and the St. Jude Memphis Classic (T7). Other top-10s came at the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational (T9) and the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (T10).
Didn't win but did secure five top-10 finishes and was in contention at his season-opening event and in a major championship. At the Bob Hope Classic in mid-January, carried a one-shot lead into the final round after a 67-69-65-69 start before an even-par 72 dropped him to a solo third, two shots out of the John Mahaffey-Jim Simons playoff.
Had a solid chance at adding win No. 2 to his resume at both the Phoenix Open and the Canadian Open. In the Arizona desert, finished 72 holes tied with Bob Gilder, Rex Caldwell and Mark O'Meara at 13-under. Dropped out of the playoff, with O'Meara, on the second extra hole, a playoff won by Gilder.
Had strong final rounds at the MONY Tournament of Champions (67), the Canadian Open (69) and the Lajet Classic (67) to finish T6, T5 and T3, respectively.
Won multiple tournaments for the fourth time in his career when he earned two titles. Had his best money-earning year since 1995 by pocketing $193,167 and only missed two cuts in his 17 starts. First victory of the campaign was his fourth at the Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open. Opened 66-64 at Randolph Park GC and looked to be on his way to a rout. An even-par 70 brought him back, but he secured the title with a 5-under 65 Sunday to defeat Lon Hinkle by two shots.
Added a T7 at the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, was 10th at the MONY Tournament of Champions, T10 at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and eighth at the Canadian Open.
Made only eight cuts but did record a top-10 finish, at the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills outside Denver. Despite opening with a 7-over 78, his 69-68 over his next two rounds put him within striking distance of leader Andy North on the final day. Trailed North by four shots by stumbled to a 3-over 74 to stay four back of North's winning score and a T6.
Went winless for the first time in four years and tumbled to 48th on the money list. In search of his fourth consecutive win in Tucson, had to withdraw from the Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open following the third round.
Won multiple tournaments for a third consecutive season but dropped to 14th on the money list. Earned his second and final major title of his career, coming back from the disappointment of the previous year to secure The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Was in second behind Seve Ballesteros after both the 36- and 54-hole mark. But a final-round 66—seven shots better than his third-round 73—led to a six-shot win over Ballesteros, the largest Open Championship margin of victory since 1962 when Arnold Palmer also won by six strokes. Added top-10s at the Canadian Open (T7), the U.S. Open (10th) and the MONY Tournament of Champions (T10).
Finished the season second on the money list, behind only Jack Nicklaus. Added four victories to his career total and become the unofficial King of the Desert, as he won in Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs. His first two victories both came in Arizona, and in dominating fashion. Held a share of the first-round lead with John Mahaffey and Leonard Thompson after an opening 67 in defense of his Phoenix Open title. Followed that with a 61 to take a six-shot lead at the halfway point. Never looked back. Lead bulged to seven through 54 holes, and he won going away, carding a final-round 64 at Phoenix CC to defeat Jerry Heard by 14 shots. Other top-10s came at the Doral-Eastern Open (fourth), the Atlanta Classic (T4), the Sammy Davis, Jr.-Greater Hartford Open (T7) and the Walt Disney World National Team Championship (T5, with Grier Jones).
Had the top single-season earnings' year in PGA TOUR history at the time, shattering Jack Nicklaus' record by $30,000. Earned $346,302 while capturing eight tournament titles, including three in a row to start his season. Earned PGA Player of the Year honors. First win of the year was at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, a four-shot win in the weather-shortened event. Shot rounds of 68-70-70 to defeat Grier Jones by four shots.
Finished ninth on the money list as he picked up a victory—a major championship—for the third consecutive season while also winning his first international tournament. PGA TOUR victory came in record-breaking fashion, at the U.S. Open at Oakmont CC outside Pittsburgh. Following a third-round 76 that left him tied for 13th, six strokes behind the trio of leaders—Julius Boros, Jerry Heard and Arnold Palmer—proceeded to shoot a 7-under 63 on the final day, still a U.S. Open final-round record, to roar past the field and defeat John Schlee by a shot. His 63 was almost 12 shots better than the field average that day (74.89). Won the Lancome Trophy. Had three T6s, including his first top-10 at the Masters Tournament. The others came at the Hawaiian Open and at the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic. Added a T7 at the Atlanta Classic, a T8 at the Florida Citrus Open in Orlando.
Won for a second consecutive year and had close calls in several other events. At the Sea Pines Heritage Classic in Hilton Head Island, S.C., had an up-and-down four days at the Pete Dye-Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbour Town GL. Began the late-November tournament with an even-par 71 to sit in a tie for 18th through 18 holes. Shot a day's best, 6-under 65 to tie Forrest Fezler at the halfway mark. Took 10 additional shots than in the previous day when he shot a 4-over 75 in the third round on a day where there were only two under-par rounds. Held a one-stroke advantage over Forrest Fezler with 18 to play. Had a 1-under 70 Sunday to win by a stroke, holding off runner-up Tom Weiskopf, who shot a 5-under 66. Appeared ready to win early in the season, at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Held a one-shot lead over Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus through 54 holes after shooting a third-round 67. Playing Pebble Beach GL, stumbled to a 2-over 74 and watched as Nicklaus fired a 73 to catch him. In the playoff, Nicklaus birdied the first sudden-death hole to win. Improved on his T8 performance as an amateur at the U.S. Open, with a seventh-place showing. It was still crushing disappointment, though. Again at Pebble Beach, was only two strokes behind Nicklaus entering the final round of the tournament. With no players breaking par in the final round, he shot a 7-over 79 to finish seven strokes behind Nicklaus.
Had a breakthrough year, winning once, finishing runner-up once, recording seven top-10s for a second consecutive year and finishing 18th on the money list. Opened the year with a T8 at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, shooting a final-round 67 at Pebble Beach GL.
Had a strong sophomore year, turning in seven top-10s among his 26 made cuts—finishing 37th on the money list. Was T6 at the Monsanto Open in March in Pensacola, Fla. Finished seven strokes behind winner Dick Lotz. Added two additional top-10s—a T6 at the Dow Jones Open at Upper Montclair CC in New Jersey and a T7 at the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas.
Turned professional and made his first TOUR cut as a pro, finishing T23 at the Texas Open in San Antonio. Made the cut in 13 additional starts, with his top performance a T15 at the Greater Milwaukee Open on the strength of an opening 68. Finished the year 125th on the money list.