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In his 44th year as a TOUR professional, made just one official appearance.
Made four Champions Tour starts, with a T69 at thhe SAS Championship his best showing.
Was troubled by a balky right knee late in the year, which required surgery for torn cartilage in October.
Underwent revolutionary surgery, having an "X-Stop" procedure done on the facet joints in his lower back in Cologne, Germany in early May.
Co-honoree at the Memorial Tournament with prominent women's amateur golfer Joyce Wethered.
Earned a $1-million prize when he made a hole-in-one at the Par-3 Challenge at Treetops Resort in Michigan.
Played in 25 tournaments, placing 39th on the final money list. Slipped out of the top 31 on the earnings list for the first time since joining the Champions Tour.
Notched six victories before August and was chosen by his peers as the Champions Tour Player of the Year for a third time. Earnings of $1,202,369 were the most of his illustrious career for a single season. Played hurt for the majority of the summer with a bulging disc in his neck and underwent surgery in October.
Won three times despite not starting the season until the last week of March due to surgery for ligament damage near his left thumb. Won the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic in his seventh start of the year, then claimed back-to-back events at the Nationwide and Vantage Championships.
Secured his second Arnold Palmer Award after becoming the first golfer to earn over $1 million in a season twice. Claimed three straight titles in the spring: The Tradition, PGA Seniors' Championship and Las Vegas Senior Classic.
Won three times. Played in the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open for a final time, finishing T49 at Augusta National and missing the cut at the U.S. Open.
Was the leading money-winner in all of golf and became the first Champions Tour player to earn over $1 million in single-season earnings. Easily took home the Arnold Palmer Award, as well as Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. His seven victories, a personal best for one season, were the second highest total in a year at the time. Won three of his first four starts, including the Royal Caribbean Classic, his first, where he made up seven strokes over the last nine holes to defeat Jim Dent. Posted back-to-back wire-to-wire wins at the Aetna Challenge and The Vintage Chrysler Invitational. Finished out of the top 10 only twice all year and won the Byron Nelson Award with a stroke average of 68.89, the lowest in Champions Tour history at the time.
Had back-to-back top-10s in July. Finished a seven-year stretch serving as an NBC Sports' on-course commentator for PGA TOUR events as he began preparing for his Champions Tour career.
Made 10 PGA TOUR starts and enjoyed top-25 finishes at the Canon Sammy Davis-Jr.-Greater Hartford Open (T19) and the Colonial National Invitation (T22).
Opened his season by missing four consecutive cuts then only missed two more the rest of the season, picking up two top-10s along the way.
Had two T10 finishes in his first five starts, at the Doral-Eastern Open and at the Masters Tournament.
Began curtailing his playing schedule by becoming an on-course commentator on NBC Sports' PGA TOUR telecasts.
Had a disappointing season, with seven missed cuts in 16 official starts.
Won multiple PGA TOUR titles for the first time since 1974. Collected a record fifth Vardon Trophy, with a scoring average of 69.73, the lowest since Sam Snead's 69.23 in 1950. Won the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America.
It was a season of what if as he finished second five times–with two of the losses coming in playoffs and the other three by a combined four strokes. Could only muster three top-10s a year after back surgery, but one of those was a victory, at the Canadian Open. At Glen Abbey GC in Oakville, Ontario, he didn't play particularly well on the weekend (3-over) but easily outdistanced Peter Oosterhuis by four strokes for his second Canadian Open title to go with his 1971 victory at Richelieu Valley G&CC. Other top-10s came at the Memorial Tournament (T7) and the Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic (T9).
Hampered throughout his career by back problems, elected to undergo surgery for a herniated disc in November. Despite much of the discomfort he felt during the year, he still turned in a solid campaign, with a victory at the Colonial National Invitational. In Fort Worth, he enjoyed a three-stroke cushion when the final round began, which was necessary when he fired a 3-over 73 but still beat Mike Morley by a stroke. Played solid golf in the fall, with a fourth-place showing at the Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, a T6 at the World Series of Golf and a T9 at the Kaiser International Open.
Had a pair of T7s on consecutive weeks, at the Pleasant Valley Classic and at the Canadian Open.
Won multiple TOUR titles for a fifth consecutive year but also finished runner-up three times for the third consecutive season. Was also T6 at the Greater Milwaukee Open and fourth at the Kemper Open, Canadian Open (T4) and Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open.
Picked up four titles a year after winning six times and a final, second-place spot on the money list. His biggest prize was his victory at The Open Championship at Muirfield, a win over Jack Nicklaus, who shot a final-round 66 but still came up a stroke shy. Runner-up performances were at the Doral-Eastern Open (tied for the 54-hole lead with Nicklaus), the Kemper Open (four rounds in the 60s) and the San Antonio Texas Open. Was also third at the Tournament of Champions and at the Bing Crosby National-Pro-Am. The season was again filled with disappointments, three second-place finishes–at the Doral-Eastern Open (two strokes back of Nicklaus after holding a share of the 54-hole lead), at the Kemper Open and at the San Antonio Texas Open.
Beginning at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in May, he began a streak of 12 tournaments in 12 weeks, with his worst finish among the 12 a T34 at the Cleveland Open in week eight of the streak. After a T5 at the Byron Nelson and a T3 at the Houston Champions International, he T12 at the Colonial National Invitational. Was voted as the PGA Player of the Year in 1971 after winning a career-best six TOUR events–including two major championships, at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
Was the PGA TOUR leading money-winner for the only time in his career, with $157,037. First win of the season came at the Tucson Open. Finished regulation in a playoff with Bob Murphy after Murphy bogeyed the 72nd hole. He then beat Murphy on the first extra hole for his second straight victory in Tucson. After a T8 at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine National GC in Minnesota, he took the 36-hole lead at The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Couldn't hang on and finished T3, done in by a final-round 77 at the Old Course.
Ranked seventh on the money list, surpassing the $100,000 mark for a second consecutive season ($103,628). Cruised to a lopsided victory, his lone title of the year, at the Tucson Open. With weekend rounds of 68-66, he rolled past Miller Barber by seven strokes.
Had a strong start to his season in California, with a T14 at the Kaiser International Open, a T8 at the Los Angeles Open and a T6 at the Bob Hope Desert Classic. Added a third top-10, with a T9 at the Florida Citrus Open in Orlando, followed by a solo 10th at the Pensacola Open. He followd his U.S. Open win with back-to-back T6s, at the Cleveland Open and the Buick Open.
Voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. Added three more top-10s during the season. At the Greater Hartford Open, he T10, his first of eight top-10s at the event in 14 starts.
Named the assistant professional at Horizon Hills CC in Dallas.
Turned professional and became the head professional at Hardy's Driving Range in Dallas.