Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Birthday: December 31, 1950
College: Arizona State University
Year turned pro: 1973
Birthplace: Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Gilder was born in Corvallis, Oregon and went on to attend college at Arizona State University, where he played on the college golf team, and was the 1973 Western Athletic Conference individual golf champion.
The same year, Gilder turned professional, and it didn’t take him long to achieve his first win, at the Phoenix Open in 1976. Gilder went on to become a regular face on the PGA Tour, and won six times altogether, as well as being chosen for the US Ryder Cup team in 1983. His PGA Tour most memorable moment was probably the double eagle he achieved on the 18th hole during the third round of the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic, in 1982. Gilder’s last victory on the PGA Tour came at the end of what was one of the longest sudden death play-offs in PGA Tour history, at the 1993 Phoenix Open.
Since 2000 Gilder has been playing on the Champions Tour. He was immediately successful, achieving two victories in his first season, and being named Rookie of the Year. The success continued, as he won tournaments in five out of his first six years on the Champions Tour.
Away from the golf course Gilder still lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife Peggy. The couple has a grandson who suffers from cystic fibrosis and they are involved with several charities as a result, including Doernbecher Children's Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Gilder also enjoys auto racing and has competed in several Trans-Am races over the years.
As of the end of 2014, Gilder has achieved ten wins on the PGA Tour, amassing prize money of $11,283,633.