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John Cook
Personal information
Full name John Neuman Cook
Born October 2, 1957 (1957-10-02) (age 52)
Toledo, Ohio
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Windermere, Florida
Career
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1979
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 20
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Champions Tour 4
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters T21: 1981
U.S. Open T4: 1981
Open Championship 2nd: 1992
PGA Championship T2: 1992
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
1992

John Neuman Cook (born October 2, 1957) is an American professional golfer on the Champions Tour, currently residing in Windermere, Florida.

Cook, the son of PGA Tour official Jim Cook, was born in Toledo, Ohio, but grew up in southern California. He attended Miraleste High School in Rancho Palos Verdes, graduating in 1975. In addition to golf, Cook was a promising, but undersized quarterback in football through his sophomore year. He was advised by his high school golf coach (who also coached football) to concentrate on golf, which would give him his best opportunity for a collegiate scholarship. (The coach, Wilbur Lucas, later said it was the only time he suggested an athlete drop a sport.[1])

Cook was offered a scholarship to the Ohio State University, and was personally advised to accept by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He was a member of the Buckeyes' 1979 NCAA Championship team, which also included Joey Sindelar. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1978 at age 20, and nearly won it again in 1979, losing to Mark O'Meara in the finals.[2] He also won the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1977 and 1979.

Following the 1979 U.S. Amateur, Cook turned professional. He won 11 times on the PGA Tour and was a member of the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 45 weeks in 1992 and 1993.[3]

Cook was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1986. He recently helped design a golf course in Sunbury, Ohio, with help from his sister Cathy Cook, also a former standout player at nearby Ohio State. His son, Jason, plays golf for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Cook became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in October 2007. In his second start he won the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, 19 days after his 50th birthday. He finished two strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara and earned $240,000 for the victory, his first in six years. A year later, at the same event, he captured his second Champions Tour win, coming from behind with a 65 in the final round to win by three strokes over Keith Fergus.[4] Cook won his third career title on the Champions Tour in 2009 at the Administaff Small Business Classic by two strokes over Bob Tway and Jay Haas. Two weeks later, Cook picked up his fourth Champions Tour win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship by five strokes over Russ Cochran. Cook set a scoring record at the tournament, shooting 22-under-par, with a 10-under-par 62 in the second round.

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Amateur wins (6)

Professional wins (20)

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PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 1, 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am -7 (66-71-72=209) Playoff United States Bobby Clampett, United States Ben Crenshaw,
United States Hale Irwin, United States Barney Thompson
2 Jul 31, 1983 Canadian Open -7 (68-71-70-68=277) Playoff United States Johnny Miller
3 Aug 16, 1987 The International 11 points (5-0-4-11) 2 points United States Ken Green
4 Jan 19, 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -24 ( 65-73-63-69-66=336) Playoff United States Rick Fehr, United States Tom Kite,
United States Mark O'Meara, United States Gene Sauers
5 Feb 9, 1992 United Airlines Hawaiian Open -23 (67-68-65-65=265) 2 strokes United States Paul Azinger
6 Oct 11, 1992 Las Vegas Invitational -26 (68-66-62-70-68=334) 2 strokes South Africa David Frost
7 Jun 23, 1996 FedEx St. Jude Classic -26 (64-62-63-69=258) 8 strokes United States John Adams
8 Jul 28, 1996 CVS Charity Classic -16 (65-67-67-69=268) 3 strokes United States Russ Cochran
9 Jan 19, 1997 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -33 (66-69-67-62-63=327) 1 stroke United States Mark Calcavecchia
10 May 17, 1998 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic -15 (66-68-66-65=265) 3 strokes United States Fred Couples, United States Harrison Frazar,
United States Hal Sutton
11 Aug 26, 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open -17 (69-64-74-64=271) 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly

Other wins (5)

Champions Tour (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 21, 2007 AT&T Championship -15 (65-68-65=198) 2 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
2 Oct 26, 2008 AT&T Championship -16 (69-63-65=197) 3 strokes United States Keith Fergus
3 Oct 18, 2009 Administaff Small Business Classic -11 (65-72-68=205) 2 strokes United States Jay Haas, United States Bob Tway
4 Nov 1, 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship -22 (68-62-67-69=266) 5 strokes United States Russ Cochran

Results in major championships

Tournament 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP 39
U.S. Open CUT DNP T53
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP T21 CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP T24 CUT DNP
U.S. Open T53 T4 CUT DNP CUT CUT DNP T36 T50 DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP T19 T34 T20 CUT DNP T53 T28 T48 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP CUT T54 T39 T46 CUT DNP CUT 43 CUT
U.S. Open DNP T19 T13 T25 5 T62 T16 T36 CUT T60
The Open Championship DNP DNP 2 CUT T55 T40 DNP CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT T2 T6 T4 CUT T47 T23 9 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP T15 T40
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

United States national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

References

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