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Received the Ambassador of Golf Award in late-July at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational the same day his designed Jack Nicklaus GC Korea was named the host site of the 2015 Presidents Cup.
Saw Tiger Woods tie his career PGA TOUR wins mark when Woods recorded his 73rd career win at the Memorial Tournament, an event he hosted. Woods later won his 74th TOUR event at the AT&T National, to move to No. 2 on the all-time wins list behind only Sam Snead's 82 victories.
The PGA TOUR announced that his course, Muirfield Village GC, would host The Presidents Cup in 2013, when the biennial competition returns to the United States. With the announcement, Muirfield Village will become the only facility in the world to host a Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Presidents Cup.
Did not play an official event on the PGA TOUR or Champions Tour for the first time since 1957.
Was T15 at The ACE Group Classic and T36 at the Toshiba Senior Classic.
Made just two official appearances due to persistent lower-back pain. Played in April at The Countrywide Tradition and finished 69th. Arizona appearance was his first official event since July 2001 when he was forced to withdraw from the Ford Senior Players Championship with a hamstring injury.
Again played in seven official events and registered two top-10 finishes. Was T4 at the U.S. Senior Open and was fourth at the inaugural Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley. Played in four PGA TOUR events, including his 42nd Masters Tournament, but missed the cut in each event.
Played in all four majors for the last time, including his last U.S. Open and PGA Championship starts.
Underwent left-hip replacement surgery in January and played in only two PGA TOUR tournaments and three official Champions Tour events. Did not play until midway through the year. Missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and made his lone cut, at the Memorial Tournament, where he T70.
Hobbled by a painful left hip for the majority of the year, he played in just six official Champions Tour events. Equaled his mark for the best finish by a senior player in a major championship when he closed with a 4-under 68 at Augusta National to T6 at the Masters, four strokes behind winner Mark O'Meara. The 68 was his final sub-70 round at the Masters.
Made the cut at the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and The Open Championship but missed the weekend at the PGA Championship.
Also was the runner-up to Tom Weiskopf at the U.S. Senior Open and was second to J.C. Snead at the Ford Senior Players Championship.
Entered eight PGA TOUR events, with his lone made cut at the U.S. Open at Oakmont CC. Began the tournament with a 69-70 and was tied for fifth through 36 holes. Finished with a 77-76 to T28.
Played 10 PGA TOUR events and was T10 at the Doral-Ryder Open for his top showing.
Didn't record a top-10 on the PGA TOUR for the first time since 1988. His top performance was a T29 at the Honda Classic not far from his home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Only missed one cut in his eight starts and played on the weekend at all four majors. Made just five appearances on the Champions Tour but won three official events, including his only PGA Seniors' Championship and first U.S. Senior Open title.
Became eligible for the Champions Tour in mid-January. Back on the PGA TOUR, he finished solo sixth at the Masters, at the time the best finish by a senior player in a major since Sam Snead T3 at the 1974 PGA Championship. Missed the cut at the PGA Championship but made it to the weekend at the U.S. Open (T33) and The Open Championship (T63). Played in three other official Champions Tour events.
Had double-digit starts–10–and recorded two top-10 finishes, at The International in Colorado (ninth) and the Canadian Open (T10). Played in the four major championships, making the cut in all of them–with a T18 at the Masters his best showing. Missed only one cut, at the Doral-Ryder Open in February.
Made nine PGA TOUR starts, with his T21 at the Masters his top showing.
A year after winning his sixth Masters Tournament title, he turned in a solid performance in defense of his title. Began the final round tied for 20th, seven strokes behind leaders Ben Crenshaw and Roger Maltbie. Moved 13 spots up the leaderboard with a final-round 70 at Augusta National, one of only eight under-par rounds Sunday.
Thrilled golf fans with a Sunday, back-nine charge at the Masters to win his sixth green jacket, becoming, at age 46, the oldest Masters winner in tournament history. Had a final-round 65. In his seven TOUR starts prior to his visit to Augusta National, his best finish was a T39 at the Hawaiian Open and also included a withdrawl (USF&G Classic) and a missed cut (Tournament Players Championship) in his two tournament starts prior to the Masters.
Had two runner-up finishes and was in contention in two other tournaments. Late in the summer-early fall, he got hot, finishing T2 at the Canadian Open. Was three strokes off Curtis Strange's leading pace through 54 holes at Glen Abbey GC and was still able to move up the leaderboard on the final day even though he shot an even-par 72. Finished two strokes behind Strange for his sixth and final runner-up showing in Canada's national open.
Won once and had two second-place finishes for the season, with his victory coming at his Memorial Tournament. Tried to hold off a hard-charging Andy Bean but couldn't, and the duo ended tied at 8-under at the end of regulation after Bean shot a 5-under 67. In the sudden-death playoff, he finally prevailed, making par on the third playoff hole at Muirfield Village. Had three tournaments where he shot final-round 66s–Bay Hill Classic (T9), NEC World Series of Golf (10th) and the Southern Open (T11).
It was a season of close calls as he finished second three times for a third consecutive season, with the biggest disappointment coming late in the year as he tried to win his 18th major title.
Came excruciatingly close to having a phenomenal season but only won once while finishing second three times.
Went winless but gave himself numerous opportunities at victory. First of his three runner-up performances came at the American Motors Inverrary Classic. Shot rounds of 65-73-69-68 to lose by a stroke to Tom Kite at Inverrary G&CC. Had four other top-10s on the season.
Won multi-major championships for the fifth (and final) time of his career, grabbing victories at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. At the U.S. Open at Baltusrol GC, tied the tournament 18-hole scoring record when he shot a 7-under 63 to take a share of the first-round lead (with Tom Weiskopf). Held at least a share of the lead after every round, eventually beating Isao Aoki, Keith Fergus, Lon Hinkle and Tom Watson by two strokes.
Went winless for the first time in his professional career. Had won at least two tournaments every year between 1962 and 1978. Had top-10s in three of his four major appearances.
Claimed four tournament titles, including wins at The Open Championship and the Tournament Players Championship. Named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Had a pair of runner-up finishes–at the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open (two strokes behind Morgan) and the Doral-Eastern Open (a stroke back of Tom Weiskopf).
His finest performance of the season may have been in a loss at The Open Championship. In the tournament dubbed "The Duel in the Sun" at Turnberry in Scotland, he battled Tom Watson all week before finally losing by a stroke for his second consecutive runner-up finish in golf's oldest tournament.
Won the Vardon Trophy as the TOUR's leading money-winner for a second consecutive year, his eighth (and final) money title overall. Was the PGA Player of the Year for a fifth and final time and earned Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year honors for a second consecutive season, this time sharing the award with Jerry Pate. Had six other top-10 PGA TOUR finishes.
Was a five-time winner, with three of those victories coming in successive starts. Led the money list and was named PGA Player of the Year as well as the inaugural Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year. Won the Doral-Eastern Open by three strokes over Forrest Fezler and Bert Yancey. Totaled 14 top-10s, including four third-place finishes.
Highlight of the year came when he was a member of the original class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, at the time located in Pinehurst, N.C. Finished second at the World Open in Pinehurst (lost in a four-man playoff) and at the Colonial National Invitational.
Won seven tournaments for a second consecutive season, led the money list for a third straight time and was PGA Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. Played in 18 events without missing a cut and had 16 top-10s. First title came at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, winning along the Monterey Peninsula for a second consecutive year. Defeated Raymond Floyd and Orville Moody in a playoff. Was in contention in New Orleans for a second straight year, this time with better results. Beat Miller Barber in a playoff at Lakewood CC. After T3 at the Masters, T4 at the U.S. Open and finishing fourth at The Open Championship, he salvaged his major championship season with a four-stroke win over Bruce Crampton at the PGA Championship at Canterbury GC outside Cleveland.
Won a personal-best seven tournaments, broke the $300,000 mark in earnings ($316,911) for the first time and won PGA Player of the Year honors for the second time. Entered the final round of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am a stroke behind Johnny Miller. He shot 73 to Miller's 74 to force a playoff he won when he birdied the first extra hole to Miller's par.
Won five tournaments and led the money list for the third time in his career. Won the first major played that season, capturing the PGA Championship over Billy Casper at PGA National GC. Took a four-stroke lead into the final day, shot a 1-over 73 but still won by two strokes.
Lost by a stroke to Bruce Crampton at the Westchester Classic and was again T2 at the American Golf Classic, falling to Frank Beard by two shots.
His three wins came at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open, the Sahara Invitational and the Kaiser International. Won at Torrey Pines GC in come-from-behind fashion as third-round leader Gene Littler shot a final-round 76. His 1-over 73 was still enough to pass Littler and win by one.
In six of seven starts in the middle of the season, he either won or finished second–including three consecutive runner-up finishes. First win of the season came as he successfully defended his Western Open title. Held a four-stroke lead through 54 holes and eventually won by three shots at Olympia Fields CC.
Again topped the money chart and earned his first PGA Player of the Year Award, thanks to five victories. Opened his year at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Overcame a back-to-back 73-74 performance in the second and third rounds and fired a final-round 68 to defeat Billy Casper by five strokes. His 68 was the only sub-70 round that day and three strokes better than the next-best score. Was also second at the Greater New Orleans Open and the Thunderbird Classic. Was in the World Cup for a fifth consecutive year, finishing undefeated, a perfect 4-0 in the World Cup with Palmer as his partner. The duo rolled to a 13-stroke win over the New Zealand team of Bob Charles and Walter Godfrey at the Mexico GC in Mexico City. He finished second to Palmer in the World Cup individual competition, losing by five strokes.
Won three times in 17 starts and again did not miss a cut. Saw his streak of two consecutive money titles end when he placed second on the earnings chart. Won his third green jacket, capturing the Masters Tournament in playoff fashion. Shot a 70 in the 18-hole playoff, good enough to beat Tommy Jacobs (72) and Gay Brewer (78). Finished a disappointing third at the U.S. Open in San Francisco, but came back in his next start and won the first of three career Open Championship titles, edging Doug Sanders by a stroke at Muirfield. Also had three second-place finishes. Was T2 at the inaugural Florida Citrus Open in March in Orlando and then in solo second in back-to-back starts in August, at the Thunderbird Classic and the Philadelphia Golf Classic.
Played in 20 tournaments, did not miss a cut and had 17 top-10 performances. Led the money list for a second consecutive season ($140,752) but lost PGA Player of the Year honors to Dave Marr. Won his second Masters Tournament title in convincing fashion, setting an at-the-time, tournament margin-of-victory record with a nine-stroke romp over Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. His winning total of 17-under 271 was a tournament 72-hole record that lasted until 1997, when Tiger Woods shot a 270.
His consistently strong season came in the form of four wins, six runner-up showings–three in major championships–and 13 total top-threes, with 17 top-10s in his 24 starts. Was T2 at the Masters and the PGA Championship and solo second at The Open Championship. Was also second at the Greater New Orleans Open, the Doral Open Invitational and the Houston Classic.
First of five victories came at the Palm Springs Golf Classic, where he defeated Gary Player in a playoff.
Officially joined the TOUR and won three times in his rookie year and began a streak of years with multiple victories that would reach 17 consecutive. First victory came at the U.S. Open, where he defeated Arnold Palmer by three strokes in an 18-hole playoff at Oakmont CC.
Although he turned pro late in the year, all of his TOUR starts came as an amateur. He contended at three events–the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open and the Milwaukee Open. At Augusta National, he was tied for 13th at the halfway mark then shot rounds of 70-72 on the weekend to T7.