Mark Calcavecchia

Mark Calcavecchia

Calcavecchia at 2008 Open Championship
Personal information
Full name Mark John Calcavecchia
Nickname Calc
Born (1960-06-12) June 12, 1960
Laurel, Nebraska
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 31
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
Asian Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
PGA Tour Champions 3
Other 13
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1988
U.S. Open 14th: 1986
The Open Championship Won: 1989
PGA Championship T4: 2001
Achievements and awards
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)

Mark John Calcavecchia (born June 12, 1960) is an American professional golfer and a former PGA Tour member. During his professional career, he has won thirteen PGA Tour events, including the 1989 Open Championship. Calcavecchia currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Early years

Calcavecchia was born in Laurel, Nebraska.[1] While he was a teenager, his family moved from Nebraska to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1973.[2] He attended North Shore High School in West Palm Beach, and won the Florida high school golf championship in 1977 while playing for the North Shore golf team.[3] While playing in junior tournaments, Calcavecchia often competed against Jack Nicklaus' son, Jackie, and as a result began a lifelong friendship at the age of 14 with the legendary pro.[4][5]

College career

He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buster Bishop and coach John Darr's Florida Gators men's golf teams in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1978 to 1980.[6] Calcavecchia earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors in 1979.[6]

Professional career

Calcavecchia turned professional in 1981 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982. Calcavecchia was at his best in the late 1980s. His most notable achievement was in 1989, when he won The Open Championship (the "British Open"), one of golf's four major championships, by beating Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in a four-hole playoff.[7] Upon being awarded the Open's Claret Jug, Calcavecchia (whose Italian surname translates as "old crowd") asked "How's my name going to fit on that thing?"[8] He later revealed that he had initially not wanted to play in the Open Championship that year due to his wife expecting their first child, but he was persuaded to fly to Scotland to compete in the tournament by his wife.[9] He also revealed that he didn't know that the Open Championship had a four-hole aggregate playoff format until just before he teed off in the playoff.[10] Calcavecchia shares the record for the lowest back nine in the Masters at 29, in 1992. 1989 was Calcavecchia's only multiple-win season on the PGA Tour, with two other titles complementing the Open. He also finished second behind Sandy Lyle at the 1988 Masters Tournament by a single stroke.[11]

Calcavecchia has won 13 times on the PGA Tour and 13 times in other professional events. He spent 109 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from 1988 to 1991.[12] In winning the 2001 Phoenix Open, he set the Tour scoring record at that time by making 32 birdies in 72 holes finishing at 28 under par for the tournament. He has won the Phoenix Open three times (1989, 1992, 2001), and his margins of victory in the Phoenix tournament are also his three largest.

Calcavecchia was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2002. His performance in 1991 is most remembered, as he lost a four-hole lead to Colin Montgomerie in the last four holes of his round. Thinking he had cost his team the victory, he broke down in tears—not knowing the U.S. team would still win.

On July 25, 2009, Calcavecchia set a PGA Tour record by getting nine consecutive birdies during his second round at the RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. The birdies came on the 12th through 18th holes, and then on the first and second hole (he started his round on the 10th hole).[13] The previous record of eight consecutive birdies was held by six golfers including J. P. Hayes, who was one of his partners at the time Calcavecchia achieved the new record.[14]

Calcavecchia joined the Champions Tour in 2010,[5][15] but still plays a limited PGA Tour schedule that includes The Open Championship.


Calcavecchia has two children, Eric and Britney, with his previous wife Sheryl.[4] He married Brenda Nardecchia on May 5, 2005 in Lake Como, Italy.[16] Calcavecchia's principal home is Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, but he also owns a house in Phoenix, Arizona.[2][5]

Professional wins (31)

PGA Tour wins (13)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (12)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 28, 1986 Southwest Golf Classic −13 (68-70-66-71=275) 3 strokes United States Tom Byrum
2 Mar 8, 1987 Honda Classic −9 (69-72-68-70=279) 3 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer, United States Payne Stewart
3 Sep 18, 1988 Bank of Boston Classic −10 (71-67-70-66=274) 1 stroke United States Don Pooley
4 Jan 22, 1989 Phoenix Open −21 (66-68-65-64=263) 7 strokes United States Chip Beck
5 Feb 5, 1989 Nissan Los Angeles Open −12 (68-66-70-68=272) 1 stroke Scotland Sandy Lyle
6 Jul 23, 1989 The Open Championship −13 (71-68-68-68=275) Playoff Australia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg Norman
7 Jan 26, 1992 Phoenix Open −20 (69-65-67-63=264) 5 strokes United States Duffy Waldorf
8 May 7, 1995 BellSouth Classic −17 (67-69-69-66=271) 2 strokes United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
9 Aug 24, 1997 Greater Vancouver Open −19 (68-66-65-66=265) 1 stroke United States Andrew Magee
10 Mar 15, 1998 Honda Classic −18 (70-67-68-65=270) 3 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh
11 Jan 28, 2001 Phoenix Open −28 (65-60-64-67=256) 8 strokes United States Rocco Mediate
12 Sep 11, 2005 Bell Canadian Open −5 (65-67-72-71=275) 1 stroke United States Ben Crane, United States Ryan Moore
13 Mar 11, 2007 PODS Championship −10 (75-67-62-70=274) 1 stroke Australia John Senden, United States Heath Slocum

PGA Tour playoff record (1–4)

1 1987 Byron Nelson Golf Classic United States Fred Couples Lost to par on third extra hole
2 1989 The Open Championship Australia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg Norman Won 4-hole aggregate playoff
Calcavecchia:4-3-3-3=13, Grady:4-4-4-4=16, Norman:3-3-4-x
3 1990 Doral-Ryder Open United States Paul Azinger, Australia Greg Norman, United States Tim Simpson Norman won with eagle on first extra hole
4 1993 Greater Milwaukee Open United States Billy Mayfair, United States Ted Schulz Mayfair won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Schulz eliminated with par on first hole
5 2005 Chrysler Classic of Tucson South Korea United States Kevin Na, Australia Geoff Ogilvy Ogilvy won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia eliminated with par on first hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

Other wins (11)

Champions Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 28, 2011 Boeing Classic −14 (70-67-65=202) Playoff United States Russ Cochran
2 Jun 24, 2012 Montreal Championship −16 (69-67-64=200) 4 strokes United States Brad Bryant
3 Jun 7, 2015 Principal Charity Classic −12 (67-68-69=204) 1 stroke United States Joe Durant, United States Brian Henninger

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

1 2011 Boeing Classic United States Russ Cochran Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other senior wins (2)

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1989 The Open Championship 3 shot deficit −13 (71-68-68-68=275) Playoff1 Australia Wayne Grady, Australia Greg Norman

1Shot 13 (4-3-3-3) in a four hole playoff to defeat Wayne Grady (4-4-4-4=16) and Greg Norman (3-3-4-x).

Results timeline

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP T17 2 T31
U.S. Open 14 T17 T62 T61
The Open Championship DNP T11 CUT 1
PGA Championship DNP CUT T17 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T20 T12 T31 T17 CUT T41 T15 T17 T16 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T28 T14 T11 T24 T41 T10 T35 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T32 T48 T31 CUT CUT T36 T23 T44 T61
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP T4 CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT T20 CUT DNP
The Open Championship T26 T54 T80 CUT T11 T60 T41 T23 CUT T27
PGA Championship T34 T4 7 T39 DQ T70 WD CUT T63 DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship 73 CUT T9 CUT DNP CUT CUT

DNP = Did not play
DQ = Disqualified
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 2 2 10 18 13
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 6 20 10
The Open Championship 1 0 0 1 3 9 29 19
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 4 21 14
Totals 1 1 0 4 7 29 88 56

Results in senior major championships

Results are not in chronological order prior to 2016.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
The Tradition T4 T5 T18 T12 2 T52 T33
Senior PGA Championship DNP T13 T12 CUT T15 CUT CUT
Senior Players Championship WD 12 T4 T9 WD T20 T76
Senior British Open Championship T14 2 T10 T65 DNP T51 70
U.S. Senior Open T24 3 T12 T54 CUT CUT T51

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances


See also


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  2. 1 2 Rosaforte, Tim (February 1, 2010). "My Town: Mark Calcavecchia". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. FHSAA Boys Golf 2010–11 Championship Records, Florida High School Athletic Association, Tallahassee, Florida, p. 5 (2010). Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. 1 2 Diaz, Jaime (August 2002). "Regular Guy: Want a candid opinion? Brace yourself for straight talk from Mark Calcavecchia". Golf Digest. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 Thompson, Edgar (May 25, 2010). "Mark Calcavecchia, a Palm Beach Gardens resident, will leave PGA Tour to focus on Champions events". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  6. 1 2 Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 28, 34, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  7. White, Jr., Gordon S. (July 24, 1989). "Calcavecchia Wins British Open in 3-way Playoff". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  8. Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0.
  9. Reilly, Rick (July 31, 1989). "High Noon At Troon". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  10. Garrity, John (July 14, 1997). "Four Better, Four Worse". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  11. Harig, Bob (April 5, 2008). "Lyle still relishes memory of Masters-winning bunker shot". ESPN. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  12. Official World Golf Rankings, Archives, "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking." Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  13. "Calcavecchia sets birdie record]". BBC Sport. July 26, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  14. "Calcavecchia sets record with nine straight birdies". PGA Tour. Associated Press. July 25, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  15. "Calcavecchia ready for Champions Tour debut". Associated Press. June 24, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  16. "Mark Calcavecchia is late for his wedding," Golf Today (Undated May 2005). Retrieved July 15, 2011.
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