Mark Hayes (golfer)

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Mark Hayes
Personal information
Full name Mark S. Hayes
Born (1949-07-12) July 12, 1949 (age 68)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)-
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 1973
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T10: 1982
U.S. Open T6: 1980
The Open Championship T9: 1977
PGA Championship T15: 1976

Mark S. Hayes (born July 12, 1949) is an American professional golfer. He had three victories on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, including the Tournament Players Championship in 1977.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma,[1] Hayes played collegiately at Oklahoma State University, where he was a two-time All-American.[2] He won the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1972.

Professional career[edit]

Hayes won three times on the PGA Tour: the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and Pensacola Open in 1976 and the Tournament Players Championship in 1977.[3] He also won the PGA Tour-sponsored Tallahassee Open in 1986 and three Oklahoma Opens. Hayes played on the winning Ryder Cup team in 1979 only after Tom Watson gave up his spot.

Hayes had his best finish in a major championship at the U.S. Open in 1980, where he began the final round of play two shots out of the lead[4] but shot a final round 74 to finish T6. He was also the first round leader[5] at the 1975 PGA Championship, but finished T22. In the second round of The Open Championship in 1977, Hayes shot 63 at the Ailsa Course at Turnberry to establish a new single round record at The Open Championship by two strokes. The previous record of 65 was set by Henry Cotton in the second round in 1934 at Royal St. George's.[6]

After turning 50, Hayes joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour), but he has not won at the level, and he has not played a full schedule since 2001. His best finish was T10 at the 2001 Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.[7]

Hayes is well known for his trademark bucket caps.[8]

Business career[edit]

In the late 1980s, Hayes began preparing for a career in golf course design and construction. In 1990, he established a golf course design firm.[2] His projects have been built in Oklahoma and neighboring states.[9]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

Professional wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 May 9, 1976 Byron Nelson Golf Classic 66-67-71-69=273 –11 2 strokes United States Don Bies 40,000
2 Nov 1, 1976 Pensacola Open 68-72-69-66=275 –9 2 strokes United States Lee Elder 25,000
3 Mar 20, 1977 Tournament Players Championship 72-74-71-72=289 +1 2 strokes United States Mike McCullough 60,000

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1979 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States Andy Bean, United States Lon Hinkle Hinkle won with birdie on third extra hole
Bean eliminated with par on second hole
2 1981 Greater Greensboro Open United States Larry Nelson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T33
U.S. Open CUT T40 T14 T41 T35 CUT
The Open Championship T9 T14 T30
PGA Championship T22 T15 T19 CUT T62
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T10 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T6 T14 CUT T26 T43 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T32
PGA Championship T59 T33 T34 CUT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 3 10 34 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1974 U.S. Open – 1978 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Hayes Biography". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hayes wins with high total
  4. ^ Nicklaus tied for the lead in U.S. Open
  5. ^ Unknown jumps out front
  6. ^ "Hayes shoots Open record". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 8, 1977. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Hack, Damon (May 17, 2010). "Curse Of The Players". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Projects". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 

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