Mike Sullivan (golfer)

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Mike Sullivan
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Michael James Sullivan
Born (1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 59)
Gary, Indiana
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Ocala, Florida
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1975
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T35: 1981
U.S. Open T25: 1984
The Open Championship T14: 1983
PGA Championship T12: 1989

Michael James Sullivan (born January 1, 1955) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour, and currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Sullivan was born in Gary, Indiana. He attended Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, where he played for the Forest Wildcats high school golf team.

He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team in 1974. While attending Florida, Sullivan was a roommate of fellow future PGA Tour player Andy Bean. He turned professional in 1975 and joined the PGA Tour in 1976.

Sullivan won three PGA Tour events during his career. His first win came at the 1980 Southern Open which he calls the biggest thrill of his career due to being paired with golf legend Arnold Palmer in the third round. He had more than forty top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events during his career. His best finish in a major championship was T12 at the 1989 PGA Championship.[1]

Sullivan played some on the Nationwide Tour in his forties. His best finish in a Nationwide Tour event was a second-place tie in the 1998 NIKE Dominion Open.

Sullivan played on the Champions Tour in 2005 and 2006. His best finish was T9 at the 2005 Blue Angels Classic.

Sullivan has been plagued by back trouble throughout his career and has not played a professional event since 2006. He credits fellow golfer Don Pooley for mentoring him and enhancing his Christian faith. He lives in Ocala, Florida.

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 5, 1980 Southern Open –15 (68-63-69-69=269) 5 strokes United States Dave Eichelberger, United States Johnny Miller
2 Apr 2, 1989 Independent Insurance Agent Open –8 (76-71-68-65=280) 1 stroke United States Craig Stadler
3 Sep 18, 1994 B.C. Open –18 (65-67-68-66=266) 4 strokes United States Jeff Sluman

PGA Tour playoff record (0–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1978 Buick-Goodwrench Open Australia Jack Newton Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1981 Southern Open United States J. C. Snead Lost to par on second extra hole
3 1986 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic United States Raymond Floyd, United States Lon Hinkle Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1994 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic United States Brian Henninger Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979
The Masters DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship 34 DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters DNP T35 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T46
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP T34 T25 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T14 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T30 T56 CUT CUT T65 DNP T53 T56 DNP T12
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP T63

DNP = Did not play
WD = withdrew from tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

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