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Mark John Calcavecchia (born June 12, 1960) is an American professional golfer and a former PGA Tour member. During his professional career, he won 13 PGA Tour events, including the 1989 Open Championship. He plays on the Champions Tour as well as a limited PGA Tour schedule that includes The Open Championship.

Early years

Calcavecchia was born in Laurel, Nebraska. While he was a teenager, his family moved from Nebraska to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1973.
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. FHSAA Boys Golf 2010–11 Championship Records, Florida High School Athletic Association, Tallahassee, Florida, p. 5 (2010). Retrieved July 15, 2011. 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.

College career

He accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida in Gainesville, 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. Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement , University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 28, 34, 39, 41 (2010); retrieved July 11, 2011. Calcavecchia earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors in 1979.

Professional career

Calcavecchia turned professional in 1981 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982, but lost his card after the 1985 season. His most notable achievement was in 1989, when he won The Open Championship (the "British Open"), one of the four major championships, by beating Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in a four-hole playoff at Royal Troon in Scotland.
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?" 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. 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. Calcavecchia shares the record for the lowest back nine in the Masters at 29, in 1992. 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.
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.Official World Golf Rankings, Archives, 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking; retrieved July 15, 2011. 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. He 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). 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.
Calcavecchia joined the Champions Tour in 2010, but still plays a limited PGA Tour schedule that includes The Open Championship. His eligibility for The Open will expire in 2020 after he turns 60, but after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled that tournament, he was grandfathered into the 2021 tournament.

Personal

Calcavecchia has two children, Eric and Britney, with his previous wife Sheryl. He married, secondly, on May 5, 2005 in Lake Como, Italy, to Brenda Nardecchia. Mark Calcavecchia is late for his wedding, Golf Today; retrieved July 15, 2011. He has homes in Jupiter, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona.

Professional wins (29)

PGA Tour wins (13)

{
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
Other PGA Tour (12)
{
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightSep 28, 1986
Southwest Golf Classic
−13 (68-70-66-71=275)
3 strokes
Tom Byrum
-
align=center2
align=rightMar 8, 1987
Honda Classic
−9 (69-72-68-70=279)
3 strokes
Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart
-
align=center3
align=rightSep 18, 1988
Bank of Boston Classic
−10 (71-67-70-66=274)
1 stroke
Don Pooley
-
align=center4
align=rightJan 22, 1989
Phoenix Open
−21 (66-68-65-64=263)
7 strokes
Chip Beck
-
align=center5
align=rightFeb 5, 1989
Nissan Los Angeles Open
−12 (68-66-70-68=272)
1 stroke
Sandy Lyle
--
align=center6
align=rightJul 23, 1989
The Open Championship
−13 (71-68-68-68=275)
Playoff
Wayne Grady, Greg Norman
-
align=center7
align=rightJan 26, 1992
Phoenix Open (2)
−20 (69-65-67-63=264)
5 strokes
Duffy Waldorf
-
align=center8
align=rightMay 7, 1995
BellSouth Classic
−17 (67-69-69-66=271)
2 strokes
Jim Gallagher Jr.
-
align=center9
align=rightAug 24, 1997
Greater Vancouver Open
−19 (68-66-65-66=265)
1 stroke
Andrew Magee
-
align=center10
align=rightMar 15, 1998
Honda Classic (2)
−18 (70-67-68-65=270)
3 strokes
Vijay Singh
-
align=center11
align=rightJan 28, 2001
Phoenix Open (3)
−28 (65-60-64-67=256)
8 strokes
Rocco Mediate
-
align=center12
align=rightSep 11, 2005
Bell Canadian Open
−5 (65-67-72-71=275)
1 stroke
Ben Crane, Ryan Moore
-
align=center13
align=rightMar 11, 2007
PODS Championship
−10 (75-67-62-70=274)
1 stroke
John Senden, Heath Slocum
PGA Tour playoff record (1–4)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1987
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Fred Couples
Lost to par on third extra hole
-
align=center2
1989
The Open Championship
Wayne Grady, Greg Norman
Won four-hole aggregate playoff;
Calcavecchia: −2 (4-3-3-3=13),
Grady: +1 (4-4-4-4=16),
Norman: x (3-3-4-x=x)
-
align=center3
1990
Doral-Ryder Open
Paul Azinger, Greg Norman,
Tim Simpson
Norman won with eagle on first extra hole
-
align=center4
1993
Greater Milwaukee Open
Billy Mayfair, Ted Schulz
Mayfair won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Schulz eliminated with par on first hole
-
align=center5
2005
Chrysler Classic of Tucson
Kevin Na, Geoff Ogilvy
Ogilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Australian Opens (1)
-
Other PGA Tour of Australasia (0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=rightNov 27, 1988
National Panasonic Australian Open
−19 (67-67-66-69=269)
6 strokes
Mark McCumber

Korean Tour wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=rightMay 9, 2004
Maekyung Open
−6 (282)
2 strokes
Jang Ik-jae

South American Tour wins (2)

  • 1993 Argentine Open
  • 1995 Argentine Open

Other wins (7)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runners-up
-
align=center1
align=rightDec 31, 1989
Spalding Invitational
−10 (69-69-67-71=276)
2 strokes
Dave Barr, Bill Glasson
-
align=center2
align=rightNov 19, 1995
Franklin Templeton Shootout
(with Steve Elkington)
−32 (64-61-59=184)
1 stroke
Chip Beck and Lee Janzen
-
align=center3
align=rightNov 9, 1997
Subaru Sarazen World Open
−17 (62-67-71-71=271)
3 strokes
Lee Westwood
-
align=center4
align=rightDec 12, 1999
Diners Club Matches
(with Fred Couples)
colspan=2 align=center1 up
Steve Elkington and Jeff Maggert
-
align=center5
align=rightJul 10, 2001
CVS Charity Classic
(with Nick Price)
−15 (60-59=119)
Playoff
Brad Faxon and Gary Player
-
align=center6
align=rightDec 9, 2001
Hyundai Team Matches (2)
(with Fred Couples)
colspan=2 align=center1 up
Tom Lehman and Duffy Waldorf
-
align=center7
align=rightDec 9, 2007
Merrill Lynch Shootout (2)
(with Woody Austin)
−29 (64-60-63=187)
1 stroke
Greg Norman and Bubba Watson
Other playoff record (1–0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponents!!Result
-
align=center1
2001
CVS Charity Classic
(with Nick Price)
Brad Faxon and Gary Player
Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour Champions wins (4)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightAug 28, 2011
Boeing Classic
−14 (70-67-65=202)
Playoff
Russ Cochran
-
align=center2
align=rightJun 24, 2012
Montreal Championship
−16 (69-67-64=200)
4 strokes
Brad Bryant
-
align=center3
align=rightJun 7, 2015
Principal Charity Classic
−12 (67-68-69=204)
1 stroke
Joe Durant, Brian Henninger
-
align=center4
align=rightFeb 11, 2018
Boca Raton Championship
−16 (64-66-70=200)
2 strokes
Bernhard Langer
PGA Tour Champions playoff record (1–0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent!!Result
-
align=center1
2011
Boeing Classic
Russ Cochran
Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other senior wins (1)

  • 2011 Nedbank Champions Challenge
  • Major championships

    Wins (1)

    {class="wikitable"
    !Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runners-up
    -
    1989 The Open Championship 3 shot deficit −13 (71-68-68-68=275) Playoff1 Wayne Grady, Greg Norman
    1Defeated Grady and Norman in a four-hole aggregate playoff: Calcavecchia (4-3-3-3=13), Grady (4-4-4-4=16), Norman (3-3-4-x)

    Results timeline

    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1986
    !1987
    !1988
    !1989
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T17
    2
    T31
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    14
    T17
    T62
    T61
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    T11
    CUT
    1
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    CUT
    T17
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1990
    !1991
    !1992
    !1993
    !1994
    !1995
    !1996
    !1997
    !1998
    !1999
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T20
    T12
    T31
    T17
    CUT
    T41
    T15
    T17
    T16
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    CUT
    T37
    T33
    T25
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    CUT
    CUT
    T28
    T14
    T11
    T24
    T41
    T10
    T35
    CUT
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    CUT
    T32
    T48
    T31
    CUT
    CUT
    T36
    T23
    T44
    T61
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !2000
    !2001
    !2002
    !2003
    !2004
    !2005
    !2006
    !2007
    !2008
    !2009
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    T4
    CUT
    CUT
    T20
    CUT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    T24
    CUT
    T20
    T20
    CUT
    WD
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    T26
    T54
    T80
    CUT
    T11
    T60
    T41
    T23
    CUT
    T27
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    T34
    T4
    7
    T39
    DQ
    T70
    WD
    CUT
    T63
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !2010
    !2011
    !2012
    !2013
    !2014
    !2015
    !2016
    !2017
    !2018
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship
    73
    CUT
    T9
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship
    DQ = Disqualified
    WD = Withdrew
    CUT = missed the half-way cut
    "T" indicates a tie for a place

    Summary

    { class=wikitable style=text-align:center
    !Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
    -
    align=leftMasters Tournament 0 1 0 2 2 10 18 13
    -
    align=leftU.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 6 20 10
    -
    align=leftThe Open Championship 1 0 0 1 3 9 30 19
    -
    align=leftPGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 4 21 14
    -
    !Totals !! 1 !! 1 !! 0 !! 4 !! 7 !! 29 !! 89 !! 56
    • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1991 PGA – 1993 PGA)
    • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (seven times)

    Results in The Players Championship

    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1987
    !1988
    !1989
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    T50
    T64
    CUT
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !1990
    !1991
    !1992
    !1993
    !1994
    !1995
    !1996
    !1997
    !1998
    !1999
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    2
    73
    CUT
    T23
    T18
    T29
    T24
    4
    T10
    CUT
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !2000
    !2001
    !2002
    !2003
    !2004
    !2005
    !2006
    !2007
    !2008
    !2009
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    CUT
    CUT
    T69
    T11
    T66
    T12
    72
    CUT
    CUT
    { cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament
    !2010
    -
    align=leftThe Players Championship
    CUT
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    "T" indicates a tie for a place

    Results in World Golf Championships

    { class="wikitable"
    !Tournament!!1999!!2000!!2001!!2002!!2003!!2004!!2005!!2006!!2007!!2008
    -
    align="left"Match Play
    R64
    R16
    R16
    R64
    R64
    -
    align="left"Championship
    10
    NT1
    T33
    T30
    -
    align="left"Invitational
    T12
    74
    T68
    1Cancelled due to 9/11
    QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
    "T" = Tied
    NT = No tournament

    Results in senior major championships

    Results are not in chronological order prior to 2017.
    {cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
    -
    !align="left"Tournament !! 2010 !! 2011 !! 2012 !! 2013 !! 2014 !! 2015 !! 2016 !! 2017 !! 2018 !! 2019!!2020
    -
    align=leftThe Tradition
    T4
    T5
    T18
    T12
    2
    T52
    T33
    WD
    WD
    T57
    NT
    -
    align=leftSenior PGA Championship
    T13
    T12
    CUT
    T15
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    NT
    -
    align=leftU.S. Senior Open
    T24
    3
    T12
    T54
    CUT
    CUT
    T51
    CUT
    CUT
    CUT
    NT
    -
    align=leftSenior Players Championship
    WD
    12
    T4
    T9
    WD
    T20
    T76
    T41
    T32
    T46
    T67
    -
    align=leftSenior British Open Championship
    T14
    2
    T10
    T65
    T51
    70
    T24
    NT
    CUT = missed the halfway cut
    WD = withdrew
    "T" indicates a tie for a place
    NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

    U.S. national team appearances

    Professional
    • Ryder Cup: 1987, 1989 (tie), 1991 (winners), 2002
    • Four Tours World Championship: 1987 (winners), 1989 (winners), 1990
    • Dunhill Cup: 1989 (winners), 1990
    • Presidents Cup: 1998
    • UBS Warburg Cup: 2001 (winners)
    • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge: 2001 (PGA Tour), 2003 (PGA Tour, winners), 2005 (PGA Tour), 2011 (Champions Tour, winners)

    See also


    • List of American Ryder Cup golfers
    • List of Florida Gators men's golfers on the PGA Tour
    • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins

    External links


    • Mark Calcavecchia at Gaylord Sports

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