Height: 6 ft. 1 in
Weight: 200 lbs
College: Old Dominion University
Turned Pro: 1988
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey
Country: United States
McGovern initially played golf as anon scholarship student for two years at the University of Arkansas but then transferred to Old Dominion University. He turned pro in 1988. Playing on the Ben Hogan Tour in 1990, McGovern won three times and finished runner up twice on his way to finishing 2nd on the money list. He won a PGA Tour card for the 1991 season as a result.
McGovern played 34 events his rookie season and made the cut in 14 of them. He had four top 25 finishes with his best result coming at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic where he finished in a tie for 10th. It was in 1993 that McGovern won his first and only PGA Tour title. It came in a play-off at the Shell Houston Open where he beat fellow American John Huston on the second play-off hole. This was one of three top 10s that season for McGovern and he ended the year 27th on the money list.
He had another good year in 1995 when he finished runner up on two occasions, first at the Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley and then at the B.C. Open after he shot a 63 on the final day. This led him to ending the season 44th in the standings. He lost his card for the first time in 1998 and then spent his time playing between the PGA and Nationwide Tours for the next ten years. He became a club pro in 2011. His best career finish in a Major Championship was a tie for 5th place at the 1994 US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. In 2011 he managed to come through qualifying to earn a place at the 2011 US Open. He also earned an invite to the 2014 PGA Championship after finishing well at the PGA Professional National Championship. McGovern recently turned 50 years old and is now eligible to play on the Champions Tour.