At age 7, severed tendon in left thumb and only has about 70 percent of average flexibility in it
Contracted Lyme disease on a hunting trip in 1991 and several years later was diagnosed as having neurological damage in his left hand, a hereditary condition known as a benign essential tremor. After several unsuccessful attempts with various medications, he underwent nine hours of brain surgery in March 2005 to correct the problem. Known as DBS (deep brain stimulation), doctors implanted an electrode in the brain which is attached to a surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator in his upper chest which corrected the problem
Also underwent spinal fusion surgery on his neck in 2001
Credits the late Sam Snead and J.C. Snead, long-time friends, with helping his game along through practice rounds and time on the range
Says he admires friend Ben Crenshaw for the World Golf Hall of Famer being the "consummate gentleman."
Continues to work with his life-long teacher, Art Kraft
Was voted the 1990 Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year
In 1991, began carrying specially designed golf bag that featured a picture of a missing child from the area where tournament was being played. Someone saw his bag at the Masters, recognized the child and called the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. The child was eventually recovered
Lists Harbour Town GL and Cypress Point GC as his favorite courses
Enjoys watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and reruns of "Seinfeld." Enjoys barbecue, and says "Jeremiah Johnson" is his favorite movie
Lives part-time in Hamilton, MT
Carries a rabbit's foot on his golf bag for good luck
At completion of 2006 season, underwent triple-hernia surgery.
Cooking, archery, hunting
PGA TOUR Victories (4)
1985 Southern Open
1989 USF&G Classic, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
1990 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
PGA TOUR Champions (7)
1976 Southern Amateur.
1980 Georgia Open.
1981 Cacharel World Under-25s Championship, Georgia Open.