Hale's Career: a timeline of success

[Tour Success]

Career Highlights

Career highlights and biggest thrills in golf include his first TOUR win in 1971 at Hilton Head Island, SC, his three U.S. Open victories, his two U.S. Senior Open wins and playing on the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1991 as well as being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992. Hale has finished in the top 3 in 44% and in the top 10 in 72% of his starts on the Champions Tour.

  • Major championship titles were the 1974, 1979 and 1990 U.S. Opens
  • Played on five Ryder Cup teams: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1991
  • Captain, U.S. Presidents Cup Team, 1994
  • Had 20 victories on the PGA Tour beginning with the 1971 Sea Pines Heritage Classic and finishing with the 1994 MCI Heritage Golf Classic
  • Won 45 Champions Tour titles and tops the all-time Champions Tour money list
  • Winner of the U.S. Senior Open in 1998 and 2000
  • Won 2003 Office Depot Father/Son Challenge with son Steve Irwin

Personal Best

When asked, Hale leans toward the 2-iron he hit at the last hole to win the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot as his all-time favorite shot, although most will remember him forever for his spontaneous jaunt around the 72nd green at Medinah en route to his third U.S. Open championship.

His favorite all-time athlete is Byron "Whizzer" White, a fellow CU football standout and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court due to his incredible accomplishments both on and off the field.

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