ResidenceDrogheda, Ireland
Date of Birth:12/02/1953
Place of BirthDrogheda, Ireland
Height & Weight5ft 11in 11st 13lbs (178cm 76kg)
FamilyWife: Vicki (m. 1981); Children: Karen (1982), Gregory (1984) Shane (1988)
InterestsTennis, horse racing, rugby
Turned Pro1974
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Turns 60 in 2013 and will be hoping to continue to enjoy success on the Senior Tour after equalling his best season since 2003, finishing ninth on the Order of Merit. Won the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters for a second time in three years, holding off the challenge of Peter Fowler by one stroke at Woburn for his fifth Senior Tour title. His fourth title was secured by virtue of a sublime final round 65 in the Van Lanschot Senior Open in 2011. Nearly made it two victories in 2011 but lost to Juan Quiros in a play-off at the Cannes Mougins Masters. Ended a three year gap without a Senior Tour victory when he captured the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters in 2010, finishing three strokes clear of Carl Mason at Woburn. It meant the popular Irishman has won in five consecutive decades, having captured his maiden European Tour title in 1979. Returned to the Senior Tour full time in 2009 after splitting his schedule with the US Champions Tour for six seasons. Captured his first Senior titles in 2005, one on the European Senior Tour and two in America. Won the SBC Classic and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour, where he closed out the year in tenth place on the money list, and rounded off an unforgettable season by winning the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship in Bahrain to finish third on the 2005 European Senior Tour Order of Merit. In October 2005, underwent an emergency operation after a routine check-up revealed a serious problem with the arteries supplying blood to his heart. Went under the knife that evening, but was back on the golf course five days later. Lost his 11 year record as the oldest winner on The European Tour to Miguel Angel Jiménez in 2012, having won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open at the age of 48 years and 34 days.

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European Tour Wins8
Senior Tour Wins5
Wins this season0
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Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 93,324 (1993)


Professional Ryder Cup 1979, 81 Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 87, 88 (winners),2000 World Cup 1979, 80, 82, 88, 89 Hennessy Cognac Cup 1980 (winners), 82 (winners), 84 UBS Cup 2001

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