John Cook

    John Cook

    Height: 6 ft. 0 in 

    Weight: 175 lbs 

    Birthday: 10/02/1957

    College: Ohio State University

    Turned Pro: 1979

    Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio

    Country: United States

    Sponsor: Nike


    Cook was a very successful amateur. He attended Ohio State University and was part of the NCAA Championship winning team of 1979. He captured the US Amateur Championship in 1978 and narrowly lost to Mark O’Meara the following year. He turned pro after the 1979 US Amateur. His rookie season on the PGA Tour was 1980. He had two top 10s with a best result of tie for 4th at the Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund Classic. He finished his rookie year 80th on the money list.

    He captured his first Tour win the following year at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. The event was cut down to 54 holes due to bad weather and Cook won after a five man play-off. He finished the season 25th on the money list. Cook won again in 1983, this time beating Johnny Miller in a play-off at the Canadian Open. He also had two 3rd place finishes on his way to ending the year 16th on the money list. Cook had two runner-up places in 1986 including a play-off loss to Donnie Hammond at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He ended a four year win drought the following season when he captured the Stable ford format tournament, the International.

    Cook had two play-off losses in 1990 at the Federal Express St. Jude Classic and Las Vegas Invitational. He ended a five year winless streak in 1992 when he had the best year of his career. He won three times and finished runner-up twice on his way to ending the year a career high 3rd on the money list and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. The wins came at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, United Airlines Hawaiian Open and the Las Vegas Invitational.

    Cook would win a further five times on Tour with his eleventh and last PGA Tour title coming in 2001 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. His last full season on Tour was 2006. His bets result in a Major Championship was runner-up to Nick Faldo at the 1992 British Open. He played in one Ryder Cup, being on the victorious United States side in 1993.

    He became eligible for the Champions Tour at the end of 2007 and won his second ever event, the AT&T Championship. He has won ten Champions Tour events to date and has lost six play-offs including three at Senior Major Championships.