Wife, Suzanne Lee; Jamison Prescott (2/2/90), Ryan Joseph (5/13/93)
Ohio State University
Horseheads; New York; United States
City Plays From
Is a childhood friend of former PGA TOUR player Mike Hulbert. As an 18-year-old in 1976, teamed with Hulbert to defeat then newly appointed Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim and his partner in a CC of Ithaca best-ball event
Struck up a lasting friendship with Boeheim and remains a huge SU fan
Son Jamie also played golf at Ohio State and competed on the Mackenzie Tour in 2014 and 2015
His favorite TV channel is The Weather Channel
Musical tastes run from classic rock to country music
His favorite teams as a kid were the New York Jets with Joe Namath and the Walt Frazier-led New York Knicks. "Who could ask for more?" he says
Among the bookmarks on his computer are syracuse.com, weather.com and PGA TOUR Links
The first job he ever had was roofing and installing siding with his father, which helped pay for the golf trips he took with Hulbert. His dad delivered mail, and the roofing work was a second job
Favorite meal is a medium-rare New York strip or porterhouse (Pittsburgh style) steak, a side of spaghetti, salad and bread
When he's traveling on Tour, among his favorite restaurants are Trattoria Romana in Boca Raton, Fla., Harry's Cafe and Steak House in New York, Tollgate Steakhouse in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Rafter's Steakhouse in Milwaukee, Wisc., and Tramonti in Delray Beach, Fla
Says the one talent he'd most love to have is being able to play the piano
His favorite athlete in another sport is the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning
Among his favorite movies are "Legends of the Fall," "Terminator 2," "The American President," "Dumb & Dumber" and "The Fifth Element."
One course he's never played that he'd love to is St. Andrews
Says his most memorable vacation was "Going to New York City with my wife for a year-end anniversary trip."
His most memorable shot was his hole-in-one at No. 14 at En-Joie in the final round at the 1985 B.C. Open, going from one stroke down to two shots up when Mike Reid made a bogey. He went on to win the first of his two B.C. Open titles. "I always tell people there were 2,000 people there, but 20,000 people said they saw it."
The first concert he ever attended was Kansas while in college at Ohio State
If he's not playing sports he enjoys watching his sons play sports, watching Syracuse and Ohio State football and basketball and fishing on Keuka Lake, part of New York's Finger Lakes.
PGA TOUR Victories (7)
1985 Greater Greensboro Open, B.C. Open
1987 B.C. Open
1988 Honda Classic, The International
1990 Hardee's Golf Classic
2004 Wachovia Championship
PGA TOUR Champions (1)
1981 New York State Open.
2005: After firing a 68-71 in the first two rounds at the Wachovia Championship and challenging for the lead, the defending champion picked up a stomach virus and shot 73-78 on the weekend and dropped to a T33
First top-10 was a T9 at the B.C. Open, thanks to a pair of 66s on the weekend, his seventh top-10 at En-joie Golf Club
Finished T4 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, five strokes behind champion Olin Browne for second top-10 of season
Finished T5 at the Bell Canadian Open, his sixth top-10 in 21 appearances at the tournament. 2004: Enjoyed rebirth of career with his seventh TOUR title at the Wachovia Championship in a two-hole playoff over Arron Oberholser, a span of 370 events since his last TOUR win at the 1990 Hardee's Golf Classic. Collected the winner's check of $1,008,000 to surpass the $1-million mark in a single season for the first time in his 21-year career. 2003: Finished in the top 125 for the 17th time in 20th season on TOUR. 2002: Posted a T2 for the second consecutive season after having posted just one second-place finish or better from 1991-2000. This one came at The Honda Classic, where he finished in a tie with Brad Faxon, two strokes behind Matt Kuchar. 2001: Bounced back from a disappointing 2000 campaign to finish 81st in earnings with $654,864
Posted two top-10s. 2000: Finished out of the top 125 on the money list for the first time since 1994 with 126th position. Was 125th heading into final official money event, the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship, but did not qualify for event and Joe Ozaki passed him on TOUR money list
Best finishes of year was a T5 at weather-shortened BellSouth Classic that featured rounds of 68-66-74 and T5 at Buick Classic. 1999: Had share of Shell Houston Open 36-hole lead with Hal Sutton but finished T10. 1998: Four top-10s. 1997: Recorded a T10 in the PGA Championship at Winged Foot. It was his best performance in a major since T6 finish at 1992 U.S. Open. 1992: Inductee into Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. 1990: Won Hardee's Golf Classic, where he defeated Willie Wood in playoff. 1988: Had a career year when he posted 10 top-10 finishes, including two victories (Honda Classic and The INTERNATIONAL), two seconds and one third. $813,732 placed him third on money list. 1987: Defeated Jeff Sluman for second B.C. Open title by four strokes at En-Joie GC. 1986: Winner MCI Long Distance Driving competition. 1985: Came from four strokes back to gain first TOUR title, at Greater Greensboro Open, by one over Isao Aoki and Craig Stadler
Won first of two B.C. Opens, by one stroke over Mike Reid. Amateur: Winner 1972 New York State Junior, 1980 New York State Amateur, 1981 New York State Open
Three-time All-American at Ohio State University and member of 1979 NCAA Championship team at Ohio State
Winner of 10 collegiate titles, including 1981 Big Ten Championship by 12 strokes