Born September 4, 1949, Tom lives in Bucyrus, Kansas, with his wife Hilary. Tom graduated from Stanford University in 1971 with a degree in psychology. He joined the PGA TOUR® in 1972, the Champions Tour in 1999, the European Seniors Tour in 2011, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Tom is one of the most enduring professional golfers to ever play the game, and has been a Mastercard Ambassador since 1996.
Throughout his career, Tom has won 39 times on the PGA TOUR, ranking him 11th on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list. He was named PGA TOUR player of the year six times and topped the PGA TOUR money list five times. He won eight majors, including five British Open Championships, two Masters, and one U.S. Open Championship. Currently, Tom mostly plays on the Champions Tour where he has won an additional 14 times, five of which are senior major championships, including three times at the Senior British Open Presented by Mastercard.
Tom competed in the 1977, 1981, 1983, and 1989 Ryder Cups. In 1989, he captained the team to a comeback victory over the Europeans, which is the last time that the United States has won in Europe. In 2014, Tom will once again captain the United States Ryder Cup team.
During the 2009 British Open Championship, approaching the age of 60, Tom captured the attention of the world as he made a serious run for another Claret Jug. After the first round he was only a shot off the lead, and after the second round he was tied for the lead, becoming the oldest player to have a lead at any stage of a major championship. After the third round he was in the outright lead by one stroke and was the oldest man to ever hold a lead going into the final round. He ended up coming in 2nd after losing a playoff to Stewart Cink, but his efforts resonated around the world and proved golf is truly “the game of a lifetime.”