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Mark Calcavecchia - Biographical Information

EXEMPT STATUS: 112th on 2004 money list
FULL NAME: Mark  Calcavecchia
BIRTHDATE: June 12, 1960
RESIDENCE: West Palm Beach, FL
FAMILY: Wife, Brenda; Britney Jo (8/8/89), Eric Jordan (1/1/94)
EDUCATION: University of Florida
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Bowling, music, guitar
 PGA TOUR Victories
(11) 1986  Southwest Golf Classic.  1987  Honda Classic.  1988  Bank of Boston Classic.  1989  Phoenix Open,  Nissan Los Angeles Open,  British Open Championship.  1992  Phoenix Open.  1995  BellSouth Classic.  1997  Greater Vancouver Open.  1998  Honda Classic.  2001  Phoenix Open. 
 International Victories
(5): 1988 Australian Open [Aust]. 1993 Argentine Open. 1995 Argentine Open. 1997 Subaru Sarazen World Open. 2004 Maekyung Open [Kor].
 Other Victories
(4): 1989 Dunhill Cup [with Tom Kite and Curtis Strange]. 1995 Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Steve Elkington]. 2001 CVS Charity Classic [with Nick Price], Hyundai Team Matches [with Fred Couples].
 Current Year PGA TOUR Money and Position
$651,942 (29)
 Current Year Best PGA TOUR Finishes
T2--Chrysler Classic of Tucson 
 Current Year PGA TOUR Best Round
64 at Round 1,  Chrysler Classic of Tucson
 Current Year PGA TOUR Highlights
Made the cut for the 15th time in 19 starts at the FBR Open. The three-time tournament winner posted his ninth top-10 in Phoenix (T9) and first of the season.
 Best PGA TOUR Finishes
1--1986  Southwest Golf Classic.  1987  Honda Classic.  1988  Bank of Boston Classic.  1989  Phoenix Open,  Nissan Los Angeles Open,  British Open Championship.  1992  Phoenix Open.  1995  BellSouth Classic.  1997  Greater Vancouver Open.  1998  Honda Classic.  2001  Phoenix Open. 
 Best 2004 PGA TOUR Finishes
T6--FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort 
  2004 Season PGA TOUR
Tournaments Entered--24; in money--17; Top 10 finishes--2
  2004 Season Highlights
Did not secure his card until the second-to-last tournament of the season. A T6 at the FUNAI Classic at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort jumped him from No. 129 to 111 on the money list. Finished season No. 112, the first time he has been out of the top 65 since 1985, when he finished No. 162...First top-10, a T9, came at the Ford Championship at Doral...Fell out of the Top-125 following the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro with only two full-field tournaments remaining.
 Career Highlights
2003: Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the sixth time in seven years despite battling various back and knee injuries. Surpassed $15 million in career earnings and ranked 12th all-time in that department entering 2004... Had knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee he injured playing in the pro-am at the Phoenix Open two days after a T7 at Buick Invitational...Finished T2 behind Fred Couples at the Shell Houston Open. 2002: Finished outside the top 50 on the PGA TOUR money list for only the second time since 1987. Experimented with combination of long putter and "claw" grip at several events...Top finish of season was runner-up at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. Tied PGA TOUR record for fewest putts in a 72-hole event (Kenny Knox, 1989 MCI Heritage Classic) with 93...Opened with rounds of 70-68 at the PGA Championship to share the 36-hole lead. Finished solo seventh, his best finish in a major championship since he won the 1989 British Open...Member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team and has compiled a record of 6-7-1 in four Ryder Cup appearances. 2001: Earned a personal best $1,991,576. Claimed first victory since 1998...Set or tied seven PGA TOUR scoring records in winning the Phoenix Open with 28-under-par 256. Broke Mike Souchak's 46-year-old mark of 257 and also established a record for lowest consecutive 36-holes with middle rounds of 60-64--124. An all-time TOUR-high 32 birdies enabled him to tie marks for lowest score in relation to par (28-under), lowest opening 54 holes (189), lowest consecutive 54 holes (189) and lowest opening 36 holes (125). Took lead after second-round 60. Has won the Phoenix Open three times, each in a different decade, starting in 1989. Has eight top-10 finishes in Phoenix and posted three seconds in Tucson...Finished third two starts later in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic...Had arthroscopic surgery on left knee after the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Returned to action at Honda Classic and finished T2. Started final round three shots off the pace and closed with 70 to finish one behind Jesper Parnevik...Putting improvement key to season. Used the "Claw" putting grip which he began experimenting with early in the 2000 season. 2000: Earned $1,597,317 to finish 23rd on the official money list and qualify for his 11th TOUR Championship...Finished second at the Canon Greater Hartford Open and T2 at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic, marking his sixth career season with multiple runner-up finishes...Nine top-10 finishes was most since nine in 1990...Finished T9 at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after posting victories in matches over Nick Price and Jose Maria Olazabal. Eventually lost to Paul Lawrie...Became the 10th player in TOUR history to top the $10-million mark in career earnings after winning $84,390 for T7 finish at the Honda Classic...Continued recent trend of fine play at Canon Greater Hartford Open with his fourth top-five finish in last five years at TPC at River Highlands. 1998: Earned ninth TOUR title at Honda Classic after closing 68-65 and winning by three strokes...Shot final-round 66 to finish second by one stroke at Las Vegas Invitational. 1995: After trailing Jim Gallagher, Jr. and Stephen Keppler by two entering final day, closed with 66 for two-stroke victory at BellSouth Classic...Teamed with Steve Elkington to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout. 1994: December 1993 skiing accident hampered him early in year, but came back to finish T9 at Buick Invitational of California after cartilage damage and torn ACL were surgically repaired. 1992: Won Phoenix Open for the second time following final-round 63. Set Augusta National back-nine record at Masters with 29, a record shared with David Toms. 1989: Won British Open at Royal Troon. Defeated Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in first playoff using Royal & Ancient's multi-hole system. Sealed victory with 5-iron shot to seven feet on fourth and final hole...Won twice in U.S. earlier that year. Closed with 65-64 to win Phoenix Open by seven strokes over Chip Beck. Trailed Sandy Lyle by two strokes after third round of Nissan Los Angeles Open. Closing 68 was good for one-stroke victory. 1988: Runner-up to Sandy Lyle in Masters...Earned third career victory in the Bank Of Boston Classic. 1986: First TOUR victory came at Southwest Golf Classic by three over Tom Byrum. Amateur: First-team all-SEC in 1979...Winner of 1976 Florida State Junior and Orange Bowl Championships...Member of inaugural AJGA All-America team in 1978.
Treated for sleep apnea after 2002 season that included fatigue, weight gain and "general lack of focus." Began wearing oxygen mask to bed following Ryder Cup...In 2002, inducted into Phoenix Open Hall of Fame, becoming only the 15th person and sixth golfer put into the Hall which was established in 1985. Other golfers include Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi...Father was bowling center proprietor. At age 13, Mark had 185 average...Concentrated on golf when family moved from Nebraska to Florida. Played as many as 72 holes a day during the summer months.
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 National Teams
Ryder Cup (4), 1987, 1989, 1991, 2002; Kirin Cup 1987; Asahi Glass Four Tours World Championship of Golf (2), 1989, 1990; Dunhill Cup (2), 1989, 1990; The Presidents Cup, 1998.

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