Mark Calcavecchia

    Mark Calcavecchia

    Height: 6 ft. 0 in 

    Weight: 215 lbs 

    Birthday:  06/12/1960

    College: University of Florida

    Turned Pro: 1981

    Birthplace: Laurel, Nebraska

    Country:  United States

    Sponsor: Ping 


    Calcavecchia had a decent college career at the University of Florida before turning pro in 1981. His first full season on the PGA Tour was in 1982 when he played 25 times, making the cut on 14 occassions. His best result was a tie for 7th place at the Magnolia Classic. It was in 1986 that Calcavecchia won his first Tour title. The win came at the Southwest Golf Classic where he won by three strokes from Tom Byrum. The following year he won again, this time at the Honda Classic. Calcavecchia would also have two runner-up finishes that season including a play-off loss to Freddie Couples at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. He would end the season 10th on the money list.

    He had the best year of his career in 1989 when he won three times including his first (and only) Major Championship title. He closed with a round of 64 to win the Phoenix Open by an emphatic seven shots at the end of January. A mere ten days later, Calcavecchia would claim victory at the Nissan Los Angeles Open by one stroke from Sandy Lyle. The icing on the cake came in July when he captured the British Open Championship after a play-off with Greg Norman and Wayne Grady. He would end the year 5th on the money list.

    Between 1987 and 1990, Calcavecchia would have a staggering 12 runner-up finishes on Tour. He would continue to win sporadically over the next few years. He won the Phoenix Open in 2001 after shooting a second round of 60. His 13th and final PGA Tour win came in 2007 at the PODS Championship where he won by one stroke from John Senden and Heath Slocum. Calcavecchia played in the Ryder Cup on four occasions, winning it once and drawing once. He was a member of the victorious United States team at the 1989 Dunhill Cup.

    He has played on the Champions Tour since 2010 and has won three times to date.