Mark Calcavecchia

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Mark Calcavecchia
— Golfer —
Mark Calcavecchia 2008.jpg
Calcavecchia at 2008 Open Championship
Personal information
Full nameMark John Calcavecchia
NicknameCalc
Born(1960-06-12) June 12, 1960 (age 54)
Laurel, Nebraska, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Asian Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Champions Tour2
Other13
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament2nd: 1988
U.S. Open14th: 1986
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1989
PGA ChampionshipT4: 2001
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2011
 
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Mark Calcavecchia
— Golfer —
Mark Calcavecchia 2008.jpg
Calcavecchia at 2008 Open Championship
Personal information
Full nameMark John Calcavecchia
NicknameCalc
Born(1960-06-12) June 12, 1960 (age 54)
Laurel, Nebraska, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight230 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Asian Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Champions Tour2
Other13
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament2nd: 1988
U.S. Open14th: 1986
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1989
PGA ChampionshipT4: 2001
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2011

Mark John Calcavecchia (born June 12, 1960) is an American professional golfer and a former PGA Tour member. During his professional career, he has won thirteen PGA Tour events, including the 1989 Open Championship. Calcavecchia currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Early years[edit]

Calcavecchia was born in Laurel, Nebraska.[1] While he was a teenager, his family moved from Nebraska to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1973.[2] He attended North Shore High School in West Palm Beach, and won the Florida high school golf championship in 1977 while playing for the North Shore golf team.[3] While playing in junior tournaments, Calcavecchia often competed against Jack Nicklaus' son, Jackie, and as a result began a lifelong friendship at the age of 14 with the legendary pro.[4][5]

College career[edit]

He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buster Bishop and coach John Darr's Florida Gators men's golf teams in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1978 to 1980.[6] Calcavecchia earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors in 1979.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Calcavecchia turned professional in 1981 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982. Calcavecchia was at his best in the late 1980s. His most notable achievement was in 1989, when he won The Open Championship (the "British Open"), one of golf's four major championships, by beating Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in a four-hole playoff.[7] Upon being awarded the Open's Claret Jug, Calcavecchia (whose Italian surname translates as "old crowd") asked "How's my name going to fit on that thing?"[8] He later revealed that he had initially not wanted to play in the Open Championship that year due to his wife expecting their first child, but he was persuaded to fly to Scotland to compete in the tournament by his wife.[9] He also revealed that he didn't know that the Open Championship had a four-hole aggregate playoff format until just before he teed off in the playoff.[10]

1989 was Calcavecchia's only multiple-win season on the PGA Tour, with two other titles complementing the Open. He also finished second behind Sandy Lyle at the 1988 Masters Tournament by a single stroke.[11]

Calcavecchia has won 13 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times in other professional events. He spent 109 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from 1988 to 1991.[12] In winning the 2001 Phoenix Open, he set the Tour scoring record at that time by making 32 birdies in 72 holes finishing at 28 under par for the tournament. He has won the Phoenix Open three times (1989, 1992, 2001), and his margins of victory in the Phoenix tournament are also his three largest.

Calcavecchia was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2002. His performance in 1991 is most remembered, as he lost a four-hole lead to Colin Montgomerie in the last four holes of his round. Thinking he had cost his team the victory, he broke down in tears—not knowing the U.S. team would still win.

On July 25, 2009, Calcavecchia set a PGA Tour record by getting nine consecutive birdies during his second round at the RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The birdies came on the 12th through 18th holes, and then on the first and second hole (he started his round on the 10th hole).[13] The previous record of eight consecutive birdies was held by six golfers including J. P. Hayes, who was one of his partners at the time Calcavecchia achieved the new record.[14]

Calcavecchia joined the Champions Tour in 2010,[5][15] but still plays a limited PGA Tour schedule that includes The Open Championship.

Personal[edit]

Calcavecchia has two children, Eric and Britney, with his previous wife Sheryl.[4] He married Brenda Nardecchia on May 5, 2005 in Lake Como, Italy.[16] Calcavecchia's principal home is Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, but he also owns a house in Phoenix, Arizona.[2][5]

Professional wins (30)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (12)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Sep 28, 1986Southwest Golf Classic−13 (68-70-66-71=275)3 strokesUnited States Tom Byrum
2Mar 8, 1987Honda Classic−9 (69-72-68-70=279)3 strokesWest Germany Bernhard Langer, United States Payne Stewart
3Sep 18, 1988Bank of Boston Classic−10 (71-67-70-66=274)1 strokeUnited States Don Pooley
4Jan 22, 1989Phoenix Open−21 (66-68-65-64=263)7 strokesUnited States Chip Beck
5Feb 5, 1989Nissan Los Angeles Open−12 (68-66-70-68=272)1 strokeScotland Sandy Lyle
6Jul 23, 1989The Open Championship−13 (71-68-68-68=275)PlayoffAustralia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg Norman
7Jan 26, 1992Phoenix Open−20 (69-65-67-63=264)5 strokesUnited States Duffy Waldorf
8May 7, 1995BellSouth Classic−17 (67-69-69-66=271)2 strokesUnited States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
9Aug 24, 1997Greater Vancouver Open−19 (68-66-65-66=265)1 strokeUnited States Andrew Magee
10Mar 15, 1998Honda Classic−18 (70-67-68-65=270)3 strokesFiji Vijay Singh
11Jan 28, 2001Phoenix Open−28 (65-60-64-67=256)8 strokesUnited States Rocco Mediate
12Sep 11, 2005Bell Canadian Open−5 (65-67-72-71=275)1 strokeUnited States Ben Crane, United States Ryan Moore
13Mar 11, 2007PODS Championship−10 (75-67-62-70=274)1 strokeAustralia John Senden, United States Heath Slocum

PGA Tour playoff record (1–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11987Byron Nelson Golf ClassicUnited States Fred CouplesLost to birdie on third extra hole
21989The Open ChampionshipAustralia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg NormanWon 4-hole playoff (Calcavecchia:4-3-3-3=13, Grady:4-4-4-4=16, Norman:3-3-4-x)
31990Doral-Ryder OpenUnited States Paul Azinger, Australia Greg Norman, United States Tim SimpsonNorman won with eagle on first extra hole
41993Greater Milwaukee OpenUnited States Billy Mayfair, United States Ted SchulzMayfair won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Schulz eliminated with par on first hole
52005Chrysler Classic of TucsonSouth Korea United States Kevin Na, Australia Geoff OgilvyOgilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole

Asian Tour (1)[edit]

PGA Tour of Australasia (1)[edit]

Other wins (11)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (2)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner-up
1Aug 28, 2011Boeing Classic−14 (70-67-65=202)PlayoffUnited States Russ Cochran
2Jun 24, 2012Montreal Championship−16 (69-67-64=200)4 strokesUnited States Brad Bryant

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12011Boeing ClassicUnited States Russ CochranWon with birdie on first extra hole

Other senior wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1989The Open Championship3 shot deficit−13 (71-68-68-68=275)Playoff1Australia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg Norman

1Shot 13 (4-3-3-3) in a four hole playoff to defeat Wayne Grady (4-4-4-4=16) and Greg Norman (3-3-4-x).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1986198719881989
Masters TournamentDNPT172T31
U.S. Open14T17T62T61
The Open ChampionshipDNPT11CUT1
PGA ChampionshipDNPCUTT17DNP
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT20T12T31T17CUTT41T15T17T16CUT
U.S. OpenCUTT37T33T25CUTCUTCUTCUTCUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTT28T14T11T24T41T10T35CUT
PGA ChampionshipCUTT32T48T31CUTCUTT36T23T44T61
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentDNPT4CUTDNPDNPDNPCUTT20CUTDNP
U.S. OpenDNPT24CUTT20T20DNPCUTDNPWDDNP
The Open ChampionshipT26T54T80CUTT11T60T41T23CUTT27
PGA ChampionshipT34T47T39DQT70WDCUTT63DNP
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open Championship73CUTT9CUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
DQ = Disqualified
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament01022101813
U.S. Open0000062010
The Open Championship1001392719
PGA Championship0001242114
Totals11047298656

Results in Champions Tour majors[edit]

Results are not be in chronological order prior to 2014.

Tournament20102011201220132014
The TraditionT4T5T18T122
Senior PGA ChampionshipDNPT13T12CUTT15
Senior Players ChampionshipWD12T4T9WD
U.S. Senior OpenT243T12T54CUT
Senior British Open ChampionshipT142T10T65DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Calcavecchia profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rosaforte, Tim (February 1, 2010). "My Town: Mark Calcavecchia". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ FHSAA Boys Golf 2010–11 Championship Records, Florida High School Athletic Association, Tallahassee, Florida, p. 5 (2010). Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Diaz, Jaime (August 2002). "Regular Guy: Want a candid opinion? Brace yourself for straight talk from Mark Calcavecchia". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Thompson, Edgar (May 25, 2010). "Mark Calcavecchia, a Palm Beach Gardens resident, will leave PGA Tour to focus on Champions events". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 28, 34, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  7. ^ White, Jr., Gordon S. (July 24, 1989). "Calcavecchia Wins British Open in 3-way Playoff". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Rick (July 31, 1989). "High Noon At Troon". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Garrity, John (July 14, 1997). "Four Better, Four Worse". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ Harig, Bob (April 5, 2008). "Lyle still relishes memory of Masters-winning bunker shot". ESPN. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Official World Golf Rankings, Archives, "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking." Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  13. ^ "Calcavecchia sets birdie record]". BBC Sport. July 26, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Calcavecchia sets record with nine straight birdies". PGA Tour. Associated Press. July 25, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Calcavecchia ready for Champions Tour debut". Golf.com. Associated Press. June 24, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mark Calcavecchia is late for his wedding," Golf Today (Undated May 2005). Retrieved July 15, 2011.

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