Wife, Tammy; Gene, Jr. (1/23/89), Rhett (7/16/90), Dylan Thomas (8/30/93)
Georgia Southern University
Savannah; Georgia; United States
City Plays From
Prior to joining the Champions Tour, suffered from a rare skin condition, Stevens-Johnson syndrome. At first, doctors treated him for rheumatoid arthritis, but the condition worsened and blood vessels in his arms and legs were clogged, eventually causing his skin to burn from the inside out. Skin was taken from his upper thighs and shins and grafted to the affected areas, and he was "stapled back together."
Avid sport fisherman who has won a number of fishing tournaments
Youngest son, Dylan Thomas, is not named for the Irish poet
Started the game at age 9 when he would tag along to the golf course on the weekends with his father, who played at Columbus College in Georgia
Some of his favorite TV shows are "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Universe" and "How It's Made, How It Works."
Also enjoys watching college football
Musical tastes include the Marshall Tucker Band, Jackson Browne, and Vince Gill, among others
Says he'd love to trade places for a day with Jay Haas and his putting stroke
Favorite teams to follow as a kid were the Miami Dolphins and Florida Gators, and his favorite athlete was Jack Nicklaus
Bookmarks The Weather Channel and Sport Fishing Boats
First job he ever had was a delivery boy
Among his favorite foods are Makuch's Pepper Steak and Chicken Parmesan
Enjoys Ruth's Chris and Carraba's
Says one talent he'd most love to have is to be able to dunk a basketball!
Favorite athlete in another sport was Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics
Enjoyed the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Would love to have the opportunity to play Pine Valley GC
His most memorable vacation was going to the Florida Keys and catching lobsters
The first concert he ever attended was the Doobie Brothers in Savannah, Ga
Most memorable shot was chipping in to win the Hawaiian Open
Supports Children's Hospital of Savannah and Stevens-Johnson syndrome
When not playing golf he enjoys fishing for marlin, tuna, dolphin or wahoo
Items on his bucket list are to travel around in his sport fishing boat with his kids while catching fish and winning on the Champions Tour.
Snow skiing, hunting, sport fishing
PGA TOUR Victories (3)
1986 Bank of Boston Classic
1989 Hawaiian Open
2002 Air Canada Championship
PGA TOUR Champions Victories (1)
2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship
Web.com Tour Victories (1)
1998 NIKE South Carolina Classic
PGA TOUR Champions (4)
1983 Georgia Open.
1985 Georgia Open.
1986 Georgia Open.
1990 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.
Was T8 in his first start of the campaign at the wind-shortened Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai after rounds of 65-68
Was T7 at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in March
Was the 36-hole leader by one stroke over Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, but a pair of late bogeys on Sunday would prove costly. Three-putted Nos. 14 and 17 to fall two behind Jimenez going to the final hole. However, a double bogey by the Spaniard opened the door, forcing a playoff which Jimenez won when he sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defend his 2016 title.
2002: Voted PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year
Jumped into top 100 in earnings for first time since 1995, thanks to a victory at Air Canada Championship after more than 13 years without a TOUR win. Criss-crossed North America prior to winning Air Canada Championship. After top-10 performance at Permian Basin Open (Midland, TX) on the Nationwide Tour, returned home to Savannah, GA. Gained acceptance out of the past champion category at Air Canada, and flew to Vancouver. Luggage and clubs did not arrive until late Wednesday afternoon, and he was unable to play a practice round. In only his fourth TOUR appearance of year, earned third career TOUR victory with rounds of 69-65-66-69--269. Held one-stroke lead after 54 holes over Robert Allenby and Peter Lonard, and recorded a bogey-free round on Sunday to stave off runner-up Steve Lowery by one shot. Two-putted from upper tier of 72nd green for par. "The toughest two-putt I've ever had," Sauers said. First-place check of $630,000 was the largest paycheck of his career, and topped his previous PGA TOUR season-best of $374,485 in 1990. Span between 1989 Hawaiian Open victory and 2002 Air Canada title was 245 events, and the time between victories was 13 years, six months and 20 days, the fourth-longest in PGA TOUR history behind Butch Baird (15 years, five months, 10 days), Ed Fiori (14 years, eight months, two days) and Tommy Armour III (13 years, eight months)
Made 10 of 11 cuts on Nationwide Tour prior to Air Canada victory. 2001: Besides making two PGA TOUR starts, played 13 Nationwide Tour events, making six cuts
Earned his first Nationwide Tour win at the South Carolina Classic, becoming the first former PGA TOUR champion to win a Nationwide Tour event since Mark Carnevale won the 1997 Inland Empire Open. 1994: T2 at FedEx St. Jude Classic with Hal Sutton, falling in playoff to Dicky Pride. Three were deadlocked at 17-under-par 267 before Pride made birdie on the first playoff hole. Paycheck of $110,000 was largest since $135,000 for solo second at 1991 Kmart Greater Greensboro Open
Other top 10 was T4 at Buick Southern Open. 1993: For the first time in 10th year on TOUR, failed to increase money-won total over previous season
Finished 128th on money list, the final position to retain fully exempt status
First season without at least one top 10. 1992: Despite birdieing all four holes of Bob Hope Chrysler Classic playoff, but lost to John Cook
Held share of out outright lead first three rounds of PGA Championship
Finished second to Fred Couples at Nestle Invitational. 1991: Lost three-hole playoff to Mark Brooks at Kmart Greater Greensboro Open. 1990: Won unofficial 1990 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. 1989: Won the rain-shortened Hawaiian Open with rounds of 67-65-67. 1986: Recorded playoff victory over Blaine McCallister at Bank of Boston Classic. 1984: Youngest player on TOUR out of PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.