Who's who in golf - Mark Calcavecchia


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Name: - Mark John Calcavecchia
Country: - USA
Born : - June 12th, 1960 in Laurel, Cedar County, Nebraska.
Original Home/Club: - Cedar View CC, Laurel, NE.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1981

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). Ryder Cup player (1987, '89, '91, 2002). Presidents Cup player (1998). Multiple wins on the US PGA (13), Champions and other international tours, including an Australian Open and two Argentine Open titles.


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It was as a teenager that "Calc", as he is often known, moved with his family from Nebraska to West Palm Beach, Florida. Here he regularly competed against Jack Nicklaus's son, Jackie, and became a lifelong friend of the Nicklaus family. After attending the University of Florida in Gainsville, Calcavecchia enjoyed a successful US PGA Tour career, winning 13 times on the tour, including three Phoenix Opens. His crowning individual achievement as a professional was winning the 1989 Open Championship at Royal Troon; he beat Wayne Grady (Aus) and Greg Norman (Aus) in a four-hole playoff. Calcavecchia also competed on four USA Ryder Cup teams and one Presidents Cup team. He switched to the Champions Tour in 2010.


Top tournaments won by Mark Calcavecchia

2018Snr AmericaBoca Raton ChampionshipBroken Sound200 (-16)$240,000
Played as the Boca Raton Championship (Feb 9-11; formerly Allianz Championship). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 2 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Old Course, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL].
2015Snr AmericaPrincipal Charity ClassicWakonda Club204 (-12)$262,500
Played as the Principal Charity Classic (June 5-7). Second-placed Brian Henninger (USA) and Joe Durant (USA) finished 1 shot behind Calcavecchia (USA), who claimed his third Champions Tour win. [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].
2012Snr AmericaMontreal ChampionshipVallee du Richelieu200 (-16)$270,000
Played as the Montreal Championship (June 22-24). Second-placed Brad Bryant (USA) finished 4 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [Vallée du Richelieu GC, nr Montreal, Québec].
2011Snr AmericaBoeing ClassicSnoqualmie Ridge202 (-14)$300,000
Played as the Boeing Classic (Aug 26-28). First-time Champions Tour winner Calcavecchia (USA) beat Russ Cochran (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, nr Seattle, Washington; at the time TPC Snoqualmie Ridge].
2011Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr69.04n/a
Calcavecchia (USA) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Russ Cochran (USA) and Tom Lehman were tied second with 69.22.
2011Snr AfricaNedbank Snr ChallengeGary Player CC207 (-9)US$250,000
Played as the Nedbank Senior Golf Challenge (Dec 1-4; limited field of eight top senior professionals; 54 holes played on the same course and just ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Ian Woosnam (Wal) finished 1 shot behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
2007Men AmericaShootout, TheTiburon GC187 (-29)$350,000
Played as the Merrill Lynch Shootout (Dec 7-9; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Greg Norman (Aus) & Bubba Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind winning team of Woody Austin (USA) & Mark Calcavecchia (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
2007Men AmericaValspar ChampionshipInnisbrook Resort274 (-10)$954,000
Played as the PODS Championship (March 8-11; formerly the Chrysler Championship). Second-placed John Senden (Aus) and Heath Slocum (USA) finished 1 shot behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
2005Men AmericaCanadian OpenShaughnessy G&CC275 (-5)$882,000
Played as the Bell Canadian Open (Sept 6-9). Second-placed Bob Estes (USA) and Joey Sindelar (USA) finished 3 shots behind Verplank (USA). [Blue course, Royal Montreal GC, Ile Bizard, Montreal].
2004Men AsiaMaekyung OpenLakeside CC282 (-6)US$85,000
Played as the Maekyung Open (May 6-9; Korean Tr event). Second-placed Ik-jae Jang (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Lakeside CC, nr Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].
2001Men AmericaHyundai Matches (PGA Tr)Monarch Beach1 up$100,000
Played as the Hyundai Team Matches (Dec 6-9; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Mark Calcavecchia (USA) & Fred Couples (USA) beat defending champions Tom Lehman (USA) & Duffy Waldorf (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the PGA Tour matches. [Monarch Beach Links, Dana Point, CA].
2001Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale256 (-28)$720,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 25-28). Second-placed Rocco Mediate (USA) finished 8 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA), who recorded his third win in this event. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
1999Men AmericaHyundai Matches (PGA Tr)Pelican Hill1 up$100,000
Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 11/12; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Mark Calcavecchia (USA) & Fred Couples (USA) beat Steve Elkington (Aus) & Jeff Maggert (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the PGA Tour matches. [North course, Pelican Hill GC, Newport Beach, CA].
1998Men AmericaHonda ClassicHeron Bay270 (-18)$324,000
Played as the Honda Classic (March 12-15). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 3 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA), who posted his tenth PGA Tour win. [Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, FL; at the time known as TPC at Heron Bay].
1997Men AmericaAir Canada Ch'shipNorthview G&CC265 (-19)$270,000
Played as the Greater Vancouver Open (Aug 21-24). Second-placed Andrew Magee (USA) finished 1 shot Calcavecchia (USA). [Ridge course, Northview G&CC, Surrey, Vancouver].
1997Men AmericaSarazen World OpenChateau Elan271 (-17)$360,000
Played as the Subaru Sarazen World Open (Nov 6-9; PGA Tr unofficial money event). Lee Westwood (Eng) finished in second place behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Legends course, Chateau Elan GC, Braselton, Georgia].
1995Men AmericaArgentine OpenJockey Club, Arg279
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Calcavecchia (USA) beat Andrew Magee (USA) in a playoff. [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires].
1995Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicAtlanta CC271 (-17)$234,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic (May 4-7). Second-placed Jim Gallagher Jr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].
1995Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC184 (-32)$150,000
Played as the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (Nov 17-19; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Lee Janzen (USA) & Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind the winning team of Mark Calcavecchia (USA) & Steve Elkington (Aus). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1993Men AmericaArgentine OpenJockey Club, Arg270
Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Miguel Guzman (Arg) finished in second place behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires].
1992Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale264 (-20)$180,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 23-26). Second-placed Duffy Waldorf (USA) finished 5 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA), who recorded his second win in this event. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
1989Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.272 (-12)$180,000
Played as the Nissan Los Angeles Open (Feb 2-5). Second-placed Sandy Lyle (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Calcavecchia (USA), who posted his fifth PGA Tour win. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1989Men AmericaPhoenix OpenTPC Scottsdale263 (-21)$126,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 19-22). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 7 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].
1989Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Troon275 (-13)£80,000
The Open Championship (118th) (July 20-23). First-time major championship winner Calcavecchia (USA) beat Greg Norman (Aus) and Wayne Grady (Aus) in a four-hole playoff: Calcavecchia 13 (-2), Grady 16 (+1), Norman (did not finish). This was the first Open to be decided by a playoff conducted over four holes. [Old Course, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Ayrshire].
1988Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Sydney269 (-19)A$63,000
Played as the Panasonic Australian Open (Nov 24-27). Second-placed Mark McCumber (USA) finished 6 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Royal Sydney GC, Rose Bay, Sydney, Aus].
1988Men AmericaNew England ClassicPleasant Valley, Mass.274 (-10)$108,000
Played as the Bank of Boston Classic (Sept 15-18). Second-placed Don Pooley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Calcavecchia (USA). [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].
1987Men AmericaHonda ClassicTPC Eagle Trace279 (-9)$108,000
Played as the Honda Classic (March 5-8). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Payne Stewart (USA) finished 3 shots behind Calcavecchia (USA), who claimed his second PGA Tour win. [TPC Eagle Trace, Coral Springs, FL].
1986Men AmericaSouthwest ClassicFairway Oaks, TX275 (-13)$72,000
Played as the Southwest Golf Classic (Sept 25-28). Second-placed Tom Byrum (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Calcavecchia (USA). [Fairway Oaks CC, Abilene, TX. Now known as the Fairway course, Abilene CC].

 

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