|Full name||Gene Craig Sauers|
August 22, 1962 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||1|
|European Senior 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
Gene Craig Sauers (born August 22, 1962) is an American professional golfer, currently playing on the PGA Tour Champions. He had three wins on the PGA Tour and overcame a deadly skin condition that kept him off the golf course for five years. He won the U.S. Senior Open in 2016, a senior major championship .
Sauers has four dozen top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events including three official wins. His first win was in 1986 at the Bank of Boston Classic; his second came at the 1989 Hawaiian Open; his third, which came after a 13-year hiatus, was in 2002 at the final edition of the Air Canada Championship in British Columbia. He also won the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic in Mississippi in 1990, opposite the Masters in April, before it was an official money event.
He 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 St. Jude Classic in 1994, which he and Hal Sutton lost to Tour rookie Dicky Pride. After his win in Canada, Sauers received the PGA Comeback Player of the Year award in 2002. His best finish in a major was a tie for second at the PGA Championship in 1992.
Sauers lost his tour card in 1995 and had to play primarily on the Nike Tour until his PGA Tour victory in 2002 with its two-year exemption. He recorded one victory on the Nike Tour at the 1998 Nike South Carolina Classic, and about a dozen top-10 finishes.
Sauers competed on the PGA Tour until 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he did not compete professionally after a misdiagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis turned out to be a rare, painful skin condition Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and he was given only a 25-percent chance of survival. 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.
Sauers finally overcame the disease and played a limited Nationwide Tour schedule in 2011 and 2012 before making his Champions Tour debut at the Boeing Classic near Seattle in 2012. He earned two top-10 finishes in 2012 and was also inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Playing a full season in 2013, Sauers was twice a runner-up, including a playoff loss to Esteban Toledo at the Insperity Invitational. He finished nineteenth on the Champions Tour money list.
In the first six months of 2014, Sauers played in eleven events, with six top-25 finishes and a best of T-15 at the Allianz Championship in early February. At the U.S. Senior Open in Oklahoma in July, he was tied with Colin Montgomerie after 72 holes but lost in a three-hole playoff.
Professional wins (9)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Sep 14, 1986||Bank of Boston Classic||70-71-64-69=274||−10||Playoff||Blaine McCallister|
|2||Feb 12, 1989||Hawaiian Open||65-67-65=197||−19||1 stroke||David Ogrin|
|3||Sep 1, 2002||Air Canada Championship||69-65-66-69=269||−15||1 stroke||Steve Lowery|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
|1||1986||Bank of Boston Classic||Blaine McCallister||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1991||KMart Greater Greensboro Open||Mark Brooks||Lost to par on third extra hole|
|3||1992||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic|| John Cook, Rick Fehr,
Tom Kite, 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||Dicky Pride, Hal Sutton||Pride won with birdie on first extra hole|
Nike Tour wins (1)
Other wins (4)
PGA Tour Champions wins (1)
|Senior major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour Champions (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|4||Aug 15, 2016||U.S. Senior Open1||68-69-71-69=277||−3||1 stroke||Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Billy Mayfair|
1Co-sanctioned with the European Seniors Tour
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T52|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T88||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Senior major championships
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|2016||U.S. Senior Open||1 shot deficit||−3 (68-69-71-69=277)||1 stroke||Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Billy Mayfair|
- "Golf: PGA Tour at Surrey, British Columbia". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 2, 2002. p. 6E.
- "Gene Sauers". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- "Gene Sauers – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- Fields, Bill (July 12, 2014). "U.S. Senior Open leader Gene Sauers and the disease that threatened his career and his life". Golf Digest.
- Graff, Chad (July 31, 2013). "3M golf: Gene Sauers thriving after torturous battle with skin disease". TwinCities.com.
- Georgia Golf Hall of Fame profile of Sauers
- "Gene Sauers – Season". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- "Colin Montgomerie wins in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. July 13, 2014.