Who's who in golf - Hal Sutton


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Name: - Hal Evan Sutton
Country: - USA
Born : - Apr 28, 1958 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Original Home/Club: - Shreveport, LA
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1981

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1983). US Amateur champion (1980). Walker Cup player (1979, '81). Ryder Cup player (1985, '87, '99, 2002). Presidents Cup player (2000). Ryder Cup captain (2004). Total professional wins (15), of which US PGA Tour (14). PGA Tour leading money winner (1983).


Golf course design

Olde Oaks GC, nr Shreveport, Louisiana.


Did you know?

Sutton enjoyed an impressive amateur career that culminated with victory in the 1980 US Amateur Championship. In the same year he also collected the North & South Amateur, Western Amateur and Northeast Amateur titles, and was part of the winning USA team in the Eisenhower Trophy, a world amateur event.

Success as an amateur flowed into the early part of Sutton's professional career, which included a major championship title in 1983. After a lean period between the mid-1980s and mid-90s, Sutton again found the winning habit with seven wins in six years from 1996 through 2001. Although a regular Champions Tour player from 2008, Sutton failed to find the form that made him such a force on the regular PGA Tour.


Top tournaments won by Hal Sutton

2001Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX278 (-10)$612,000
Played as the Shell Houston Open (April 19-22). Second-placed Joe Durant (USA) and Lee Janzen (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sutton (USA). [Tournament course (known as TPC at The Woodlands), Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
2000Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass278 (-10)$1,080,000
Played as The Players Championship (March 23-26). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sutton (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
2000Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC274 (-14)$540,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (April 20-23). Second-placed Andrew Magee (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sutton (USA). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1999Men AmericaCanadian OpenGlen Abbey275 (-13)$450,000
Played as the Bell Canadian Open (Sept 9-12). Second-placed Dennis Paulson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sutton (USA). [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].
1998Men AmericaTexas OpenLa Cantera GC270 (-18)$306,000
Played as the Westin Texas Open (Sept 24-27). Second-placed Justin Leonard (USA) and Jay Haas (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sutton (USA). [Resort course, La Cantera GC, San Antonio, TX].
1998Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)East Lake GC274 (-6)$720,000
Played as the Tour Championship (Oct 28-Nov 1). Hal Sutton (USA) beat Vijay Singh (Fiji) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to claim his tenth PGA Tour win. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
1995Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC269 (-15)$180,000
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 14-17). Second-placed Jim McGovern (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sutton (USA). [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
1986Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village271 (-17)$100,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament (May 22-25). Second-placed Don Pooley (USA) finished 4 shots behind Sutton (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
1986Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ267 (-21)$90,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 23-26). Second-placed Tony Sills (USA) and defending champion Calvin Peete (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sutton (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1985Men AmericaChrysler Team Ch'shipBoca West CC260 (-28)$55,000
Played as the Chrysler Team Invitational (Dec 12-15; PGA Tr post-season two-man better-ball unofficial money event). Winning team of Ray Floyd & Hal Sutton beat Jim Colbert & Tom Purtzer, Charlie Bolling & Brad Fabel, John Fought & Pat McGowan and Gary Hallbert & Scott Hoch with a 12-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole (200-yard par-3 15th). [No.1 course, Boca West CC, Boca Raton, FL. Earlier rounds also used the No.2 course, and Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton].
1985Men AmericaSouthwest ClassicFairway Oaks, TX273 (-15)$72,000
Played as the Southwest Golf Classic (Sept 19-22). Sutton (USA) beat Mike Reid (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].
1985Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicColonial CC, Tenn279 (-9)$90,000
Played as the St Jude Memphis Classic (June 27-30). Sutton (USA) beat David Ogrin (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [South course, Colonial CC, Cordova, nr Memphis, TN].
1983Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$426,668see Score
Sutton (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1983 leading money winner, with earnings of $426,668 on the Tour. Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) was second with $417,597; Lanny Wadkins (USA) was third with $319,271.
1983Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass283 (-5)$126,000
Played as the Tournament Players Championship (March 24-27). Second-placed Bob Eastwood (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sutton (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1983Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Sutton (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1983Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipRiviera CC, Calif.274 (-10)$100,000
The US PGA Championship (65th) (Aug 4-7). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Sutton (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1982Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia269 (-19)$72,000
Played as the Walt Disney World Golf Classic (Oct 28-31; reverted to individual format after eight years as a two-man team event). Hal Sutton (USA) beat Bill Britton (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, to record his first PGA Tour win. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
1980Men AmateurUS AmateurNorth Carolina CC9 & 8n/a
The US Amateur Championship (80th). Sutton (USA) beat Bob Lewis (USA) 9 and 8 in the final. [North Carolina CC, Pinehurst, NC].

 

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