Introduced to golf by aunt and uncle, then spent time at Big Tee Golf Center in Buena Park, Calif., where he picked up range balls and in return was allowed to hit them back out. At age 11 began taking lessons from legendary Eddie Merrins, the long time head pro at Bel Air CC in Los Angeles. Father, Jerry, who owned a gas station, would drive son every Sunday for 7 a.m. lesson with Merrins, an hour from the May's home in La Habra. At age 16, qualified to play in 1985 Los Angeles Open.
Motorcycles, boats, hunting
Web.com Tour (1) 1999 Victor Chandler British Masters [Eur].
2002: Five rounds in the 60s at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic produced T16
Was one back of the lead through 54 holes at the Kemper Insurance Open. Final round 76 dropped him to T18
After opening with 72 in first round of John Deere Classic. Closing rounds of 66-70-64 moved him to T15, best effort of the 2002 season
Other top-20 finishes included: Touchstone Energy Tucson Open (T18) and Greater Milwaukee Open (T17). 2001: Early season play limited by back that stiffened after third round of Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Was forced to withdraw and diagnosed was two bulging discs in lower back. Cleared schedule to rest back in hopes of playing in the Masters
Took almost two months and returned to play a normal schedule the remainder of the year
Despite layoff, finished 94th in earnings and made 18 cuts in 25 starts
Had no top-10s, but tallied six top-25s
Best showing of the year was T11 in the Compaq Classic of New Orleans. 2000: In what will be remembered as one of the great head-to-head duels in major championship history, lost a playoff to Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship at Valhalla GC. After opening with a 72, came back with 66-66-66. Was tied with Scott Dunlap for second, one stroke behind Woods, entering the final round. Paired with Woods in the final round, May earned a one-stroke lead heading to the back nine. He then made four birdies in five holes to retain a one-stroke lead with four to play. He missed a six-foot birdie after Woods drained a 15-foot par putt on the 15th hole. Woods birdied 17 to pull even and both players birdied 18—May draining a 15-footer to match Woods with a 31 on the back nine. In the three-hole playoff, May recorded three pars (4-4-5) while Woods birdied the first extra hole. In final three rounds, May produced 20 birdies and only two bogeys and shares the PGA Championship scoring record with Woods at 18-under-par 270. Victory also worth a career-best $540,000
Prior to PGA Championship recorded his first TOUR career top-10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a T2 with Chris DiMarco, one stroke behind Notah Begay III
Week following PGA, fulfilled commitment and played in Reno-Tahoe Open and finished third. This ended a stretch since the FedEx St. Jude Classic in which he earned $1,091,219 in six starts with two seconds and one third
Lost in second round of World Match Play Championship, 6 and 5, to Padraig Harrington. 1999: Played on the European Tour and won the Victor Chandler British Masters
Trailed defending champion Colin Montgomerie by three strokes heading into final round but Montgomerie shot final-round 71 and May won by a stroke
Prior to victory at Duke's Course, had finished second 22 times as a professional around the world. During the season he posted 10 top-10s and finished 11th on the European Tour Order of Merit, the highest finish that season by an Amercan-born player. Was tied for 20th at World Golf Championships-American Express Championship. 1997: Played European Tour (one top-10). 1996: Played European Tour (0 top-10s). 1994: Was a member of the PGA TOUR and missed 24 of 31 cuts, made $31,079 and finished 209th on money list. 1993: Gained exempt status on TOUR that season by virtue of his fourth-place finish on Nationwide Tour money list, where he had 11 top-10s, including two seconds. Amateur: Three-time all-America at Oklahoma State, played on the 1991 NCAA championship team