Earned the nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for his putting ability. Nickname was coined by fellow TOUR member David Ogrin in 1985
Cary Middlecoff said of him in the mid-1980s: "We've got a kid back home (in Tennessee) who is just a beautiful putter. He'll just break your heart on the greens, he's so pure. If he ever gets to believing in himself, he could really be something to watch."
Inducted into Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998
Heroes are his mom and Byron Nelson
Dream foursome would include himself, Nelson, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen
Favorite golf courses are any built prior to 1950 and those designed by A.W. Tillinghast
Served as an assistant club professional before embarking on a professional career at San Luis Obispo CC and Morro Bay Municipal. One of his jobs as an assistant was making milkshakes, and he still enjoys doing it
First job was a paper boy
Says if he weren't playing golf for a living he'd be a golf professional at a private club
Two of his best friends in golf are Tom Lehman and Vance Veazey
Said one of the strangest things he ever signed was a Roger Clemens-autographed baseball
Helped save the boys and girls golf programs in the Elk Grove Unified School District (Sacramento) in 2009 by donating $35,000 for the programs.
Nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for his putting ability. Nickname coined by fellow TOUR member David Ogrin in 1985
Cary Middlecoff said of him in the mid-1980s: "We've got a kid back home (in Tennessee) who is just a beautiful putter. He'll just break your heart on the greens, he's so pure. If he ever gets to believing in himself, he could really be something to watch"
Member of Tennessee Hall of Fame (inducted 1995), Cal Poly Athletic Hall of Fame (1998) and Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame (2006).
His home, clubmaking, junior golf
PGA TOUR Victories (8)
1994 Nestle Invitational
1995 Nestle Invitational
1996 MCI Classic, Greater Milwaukee Open
1997 CVS Charity Classic
1999 GTE Byron Nelson Classic
2000 Greater Milwaukee Open
2002 Valero Texas Open
PGA TOUR Champions Victories (13)
2005 JELD-WEN Tradition
2006 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, Turtle Bay Championship, The ACE Group Classic, The Senior Open Championship
2007 The Boeing Championship at Sandestin, Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
2008 Commerce Bank Championship
2009 The ACE Group Classic, The Senior Open Championship, Boeing Classic
2010 Dick's Sporting Goods Open
2012 Toshiba Classic
The Presidents Cup (2) 1994, 2000
Ryder Cup, 1995, Captain's Assistant, 2006.
Teamed with Tom Lehman for a T8 finish at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in April.
Made the cut in two of three starts on the PGA TOUR in 2009, with his best finish being a T24 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Claimed 14 top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour, highlighted by three wins, including Senior Open Championship. Won the Charles Schwab Cup title for a second time (2007). Did not make a PGA TOUR start in 2008 for the first time since 1980, but took a Top-50 on the PGA TOUR Career Money List exemption for 2009. Was sixth on the final Champions Tour money list and eighth in defense of his Charles Schwab Cup title. Among his 13 top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour was a victory at the Commerce Bank Championship. Went wire to wire for his eighth career Champions Tour title, matching his PGA TOUR victory total. Finished second to Jay Haas on the Champions Tour money list, with more than $2 million in earnings ($2,170,627), but claimed the prestigious Charles Schwab Cup title after losing it on the final hole in the final event of 2006 to Haas. Played in three PGA TOUR events, making the cut in his hometown of Memphis, TN (T63) at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Captured the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in October near Baltimore. Six-stroke victory earned an exemption into the field for the 2008 PLAYERS Championship on the PGA TOUR. Claimed his sixth career Champions Tour victory at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin in June. Rallied from three strokes back with a final-round 65, defeating Eduardo Romero by three shots. In 2006, donated his $500,000 annuity for second in the Charles Schwab Cup to charities in his hometown of Memphis. Opened the 2006 Champions Tour season with three consecutive victories. His bid for a record-tying fourth straight win fell short when he finished T5 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Picked up his fourth 2006 victory in a playoff over Eduardo Romero at Senior Open Championship at Turnberry. Served as an Assistant Captain to Tom Lehman for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Won his first Champions Tour title when he defeated Dana Quigley in a two-hole playoff at the 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition in his third start. In 2002, picked eighth career PGA TOUR victory at the Valero Texas Open, and finished in the top 30 on the money list. Most lucrative season on TOUR came in 2000 thanks to a victory at the Greater Milwaukee Open and nine top-10s. Member of two Presidents Cup teams (1994, 2000) with a 4-2-1 record and one U.S. Ryder Cup team (1995) with a 3-1-0 record. Won the 1999 GTE Byron Nelson Classic in a playoff over Steve Pate. Won twice in 1996 at MCI Classic and Greater Milwaukee Open. Won the Nestle Invitational in 1994 and 1995, making him the only player to successfully defend a title at Bay Hill Invitational until Tiger Woods joined him in 2001 and 2002. Tied with Ernie Els after 18-hole playoff at 1994 U.S. Open, lost on 20th hole.