Gene Sauers

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Gene Sauers
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Gene Craig Sauers
Born (1962-08-22) August 22, 1962 (age 51)
Savannah, Georgia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Georgia Southern University
Turned professional 1984
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 1987
U.S. Open T58: 1987
The Open Championship T52: 1989
PGA Championship T2: 1992
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
2002

Gene Craig Sauers (born August 22, 1962) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Sauers was born in Savannah, Georgia. His father started him playing golf at the age of 9. He attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He turned pro and joined the PGA Tour in 1984.

Sauers has four dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including three official wins. His first win was at the 1986 Bank of Boston Classic; his second came at the 1989 Hawaiian Open; his third, which came after a 13-year hiatus, was at the 2002 Air Canada Championship. He also won the 1990 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic before that became an official money event. Sauers also finished two other tournaments in a tie for first place at the end of regulation: the 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which he lost on the fourth extra hole of a playoff to John Cook, and the 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, which he and Hal Sutton lost to Tour rookie Dicky Pride. He received the 2002 PGA Comeback Player of the Year award. His best finish in a major was T-2 at the 1992 PGA Championship.[1]

Sauers lost his Tour card in 1995 and had to play primarily on the Nationwide Tour before gaining a two-year exemption as a result of his victory in the Air Canada Championship. He recorded one victory on the Nationwide Tour at the 1998 NIKE South Carolina Classic, and about a dozen top-10 finishes.[2]

Sauers competed on the PGA Tour until 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he did not compete professionally after he was diagnosed with a rare, painful skin condition Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and he was given only a 25-percent chance of survival.[3] His condition had worsened when blood vessels in his arms and legs clogged, causing his skin to burn from the inside out. Although he eventually recovered after many debilitating months, his forearms show the scars of numerous skin grafts.[4]

He finally overcame the disease and played a limited Nationwide Tour schedule in 2011 and 2012 before making his Champions Tour debut at the 2012 Boeing Classic. He earned two top-10 finishes in 2012. Playing a full season in 2013, he was twice a runner-up, including a playoff loss to Esteban Toledo at the Insperity Invitational. He finished 19th on the Champions Tour money list.[3]

In the first six months of 2014, he played in 11 Champions Tour events, with six top-25 finishes and a best of T-15 at the Allianz Championship in early February.[5] On July 13 in the U.S. Senior Open, he finished tied for first with Colin Montgomerie and lost in a three-hole playoff.[6]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 Sep 14, 1986 Bank of Boston Classic −10 (70-71-64-69=274) Playoff United States Blaine McCallister
2 Feb 12, 1989 Hawaiian Open −19 (65-67-65=197) 1 stroke United States David Ogrin
3 Sep 1, 2002 Air Canada Championship −15 (69-65-66-69=269) 1 stroke United States Steve Lowery

PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Bank of Boston Classic United States Blaine McCallister Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1991 KMart Greater Greensboro Open United States Mark Brooks Lost to par on third extra hole
3 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic United States John Cook, United States Rick Fehr,
United States Tom Kite, United States Mark O'Meara
Cook won with eagle on fourth extra hole
Fehr eliminated with birdie on second hole
Kite and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic United States Dicky Pride, United States Hal Sutton Pride won with birdie on first extra hole

Nike Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gene Sauers". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gene Sauers – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Fields, Bill (July 12, 2014). "U.S. Senior Open leader Gene Sauers and the disease that threatened his career and his life". Golf Digest. 
  4. ^ Graff, Chad (July 31, 2013). "3M golf: Gene Sauers thriving after torturous battle with skin disease". TwinCities.com. 
  5. ^ "Gene Sauers – Season". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Colin Montgomerie wins in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. July 13, 2014. 

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