Height: 6 ft. 1 in
Weight: 240 lbs
College: Centenary College
Turned Pro: 1981
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
Country: United States
Sutton was a very successful amateur golfer. He played at the Centenary College where he was All American, won 14 events and was named the College Player of the Year award in 1980. He represented the United States in the Walker Cup twice and was a winner both times.
His first season on the PGA Tour was in 1982. He won his first PGA Tour title that season. It came at his second to last event of the season, the Walt Disney World Golf Classic. He beat Bill Britton on the fourth play-off hole. He finished his rookie season 11th on the money list. In only his second season on Tour, Sutton won twice including his sole Major Championship, was named PGA Tour Player of the Year and topped the money list. His first win came at the illustrious Players Championship where closed with a 69 to win by a single shot. His win at the PGA Championship was achieved after he held off the legendary Jack Nicklaus by one shot at the Riviera Country Club. He finished the season with twelve top 10s.
Sutton went winless in 1984 but still managed eleven top 10s. In both 1985 and 1986 he won two events with both the 1985 wins coming after play-offs. He then went on a drought; he didn’t have another Tour win for 9 years until the 1995 B.C. Open. 1998 season brought him two wins including a victory at the season ending Tour Championship. This led Sutton to a 5th place finish on the money list. The 2000 season brought two more wins including another Players Championship victory. He won his last of eighteen Tour events in 2011 at the Shell Houston Open.
In 2008, Sutton became eligible for the Champions Tour. In his career, Sutton played in the Ryder Cup on four occasions, winning twice. He also captained the United States side that lost to Europe in 2004.