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Hal Sutton
Personal information
Full nameHal Evan Sutton
Born(1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 54)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
Career
CollegeCentenary College
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour14
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament10th: 2000
U.S. OpenT4: 1986
The Open ChampionshipT10: 1999
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1983
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1983
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1983
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
1994
Payne Stewart Award2007
 
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Hal Sutton
Personal information
Full nameHal Evan Sutton
Born(1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 54)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
Career
CollegeCentenary College
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour14
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament10th: 2000
U.S. OpenT4: 1986
The Open ChampionshipT10: 1999
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1983
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1983
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1983
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
1994
Payne Stewart Award2007

Hal Evan Sutton (born April 28, 1958) is an American professional golfer.

Sutton was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. A promising golfer at the Centenary College of Louisiana, he was named Golf Magazine's 1980 College Player of the Year. He quickly established himself as one of the PGA Tour's top young stars in the early 1980s; his first win was at the 1982 Walt Disney World Golf Classic in a playoff with Bill Britton after the two had tied at 19-under-par 269 after 72 holes.[1] What would prove to be the biggest win of his career—his only win in a major—came a year later at the PGA Championship.[2] He entered into a long drought shortly thereafter, going from 1986 to 1995 without a PGA Tour victory; he nearly lost his tour card late in the string, maintaining it only by using a one-time-only exemption for players in the top 50 of the all-time PGA Tour career money list. After this disappointing stint of play for eight years, Sutton rejuvenated his career in 1995 with a win at the B.C. Open. In 1998 he won the Valero Texas Open and the prestigious Tour Championship to finish fifth on the PGA Tour money list. Other than his spectacular 1983 season, Sutton had his best year to date in 2000 by beating Tiger Woods in the final group of The Players Championship to win. He also had an additional win to that—the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic two starts later. He would go on to finish fourth on the PGA Tour money list. In 2001, Sutton made the cut in 22 of 26 events with one victory at the Shell Houston Open at TPC at The Woodlands and a season winnings total of $1.7 million.

Sutton ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for over 50 weeks from their debut in 1986 to 1987 and then again for over 50 weeks between 1999 and 2001.[3] He has reached the top 5 of the rankings.

After playing on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1985, 1987, 1999, 2002), he was named non-playing captain of the team for 2004. The competition, played at Oakland Hills Country Club, saw Europe beat the USA by 18.5 points to 9.5 points. Inevitably, Sutton came in for some criticism of his performance as captain, especially for his decision to pair Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson on the first day of play.[4]

In 2007 he received the Payne Stewart Award. He won it for his charitable efforts which include the establishment of the Christus Schumpert Sutton Children's Hospital in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He also teamed up with Louisianans Kelly Gibson and David Toms to raise more than $2 million in aid to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita victims. Sutton was also awarded the Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award in 2004 and the Golf Writers Association of America's 2006 Charlie Bartlett Award with Gibson and Toms for their relief efforts. He became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in April 2008.

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Amateur wins (5)

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (14)

No.DateTournamentWinning ScoreMargin of VictoryRunner(s)-up
1Oct 31, 1982Walt Disney World Golf Classic-19 (71-63-68-67=269)PlayoffUnited States Bill Britton
2Mar 28, 1983Tournament Players Championship-5 (73-71-70-69=283)1 strokeUnited States Bob Eastwood
3Aug 7, 1983PGA Championship-10 (65-66-72-71=274)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus
4Jun 30, 1985St. Jude Memphis Classic-9 (65-76-73-65=279)PlayoffUnited States David Ogrin
5Sep 22, 1985Southwest Golf Classic-15 (68-67-67-71=273)PlayoffUnited States Mike Reid
6Jan 26, 1986Phoenix Open-17 (64-64-68-71=267)2 strokesUnited States Calvin Peete, United States Tony Sills
7May 25, 1986Memorial Tournament-17 (68-69-66-68=271)4 strokesUnited States Don Pooley
8Sep 17, 1995B.C. Open-15 (71-69-68-61=269)1 strokeUnited States Jim McGovern
9Sep 27, 1998Westin Texas Open-18 (67-68-67-68=270)1 strokeUnited States Justin Leonard
10Nov 1, 1998The Tour Championship-6 (69-67-68-70=274)PlayoffFiji Vijay Singh
11Sep 12, 1999Bell Canadian Open-13 (69-67-70-69=275)3 strokesUnited States Dennis Paulson
12Mar 27, 2000The Players Championship-10 (69-69-69-71=278)1 strokeUnited States Tiger Woods
13Apr 23, 2000Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic-14 (67-64-72-71=274)3 strokesUnited States Andrew Magee
14Apr 22, 2001Shell Houston Open-10 (70-68-71-69=278)3 strokesUnited States Joe Durant, United States Lee Janzen

PGA Tour playoff record (4-2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11982Walt Disney World Golf ClassicUnited States Bill BrittonWon with birdie on fourth extra hole
21985St. Jude Memphis ClassicUnited States David OgrinWon with birdie on first extra hole
31985Southwest Golf ClassicUnited States Mike ReidWon with birdie on first extra hole
41989Anheuser-Busch Golf ClassicUnited States Mike Donald, United States Tim SimpsonDonald won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Sutton eliminated with par on third hole
51994Federal Express St. Jude ClassicUnited States Dicky Pride, United States Gene SauersPride won with birdie on first extra hole
61998The Tour ChampionshipFiji Vijay SinghWon with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 HolesWinning ScoreMarginRunner-up
1983PGA Championship2 shot lead-10 (65-66-72-71=274)1 strokeUnited States Jack Nicklaus

Results timeline

Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
The Masters52CUTDNPT27CUTT31CUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenCUTCUTT196T16T23T4T3164T29
The Open ChampionshipDNPT47 LACUTT29CUTDNPDNPT11CUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT291T6T65T21T28T66CUT
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
The MastersCUTDNPCUTDNPDNPCUTCUTDNPDNPCUT
U.S. OpenCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPT36DNPT19DNPT7
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT10
PGA ChampionshipT49T7CUTT31T55CUTCUTCUTT27T26
Tournament200020012002200320042005
The Masters1036DNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT23T24CUTDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPCUTCUTDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT44T60T39CUT79

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

References

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