Height: 5 ft. 11 in
Weight: 170 lbs
College: Oklahoma State University
Turned Pro: 1973
Birthplace: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Country: United States
Hayes had a successful college career at the University of Oklahoma where he was named to the All American Team on two occasions. He was also part of the United States team that won the Eisenhower Trophy in 1972. After graduating in 1973, he turned pro. His first season on the PGA Tour was in 1974. He played 34 times, only making the cut on 13 occassions. He captured his first Tour win in 1976 at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. He would go on to win again that season, this time at the Pensacola Open. Hayes would win his third and last PGA Tour title the following year at the prestigious Tournament Players Championship.
He made his sole appearance in the Ryder Cup in 1979 when he was a member of the victorious United States team. His best result at a Major Championship was in 1980 when Hayes finished in a tie for 6th place at the US Open. He lost two play-offs in his career. The first came in 1979 against Lon Hinkle in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. The second was at the Greater Greensboro Open where he lost on the second hole to Larry Nelson. In 1977 at the British Open played at Turnberry, Hayes shot a round of 63 which was two strokes better than the single round record of 65 that Henry Cotton had set in 1934.
Hayes became eligible for the Champions Tour in 1999. He has played in 96 events and only registered a single top 10 finsih. He hasn’t played an event since 2011.