Mark Hayes (golfer)
|Full name||Mark S. Hayes|
July 12, 1949 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)-|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|College||Oklahoma State University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T10: 1982|
|U.S. Open||T6: 1980|
|The Open Championship||T9: 1977|
|PGA Championship||T15: 1976|
Early years and amateur career
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. 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 but shot a final round 74 to finish T6. He was also the first round leader 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.
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.
Hayes is well known for his trademark bucket caps.
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. His projects have been built in Oklahoma and neighboring states.
Amateur wins (1)
- 1972 Sunnehanna Amateur
Professional wins (7)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||May 9, 1976||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||66-67-71-69=273||–11||2 strokes||Don Bies||40,000|
|2||Nov 1, 1976||Pensacola Open||68-72-69-66=275||–9||2 strokes||Lee Elder||25,000|
|3||Mar 20, 1977||Tournament Players Championship||72-74-71-72=289||+1||2 strokes||Mike McCullough||60,000|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||1979||Bing Crosby National Pro-Am||Andy Bean, Lon Hinkle||Hinkle won with birdie on third extra hole
Bean eliminated with par on second hole
|2||1981||Greater Greensboro Open||Larry Nelson||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
Other wins (4)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T9||T14||T30|
|The Open Championship||T32|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||4||4|
- 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
- Eisenhower Trophy: 1972 (winners)
- "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- "Mark Hayes Biography". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- Hayes wins with high total
- Nicklaus tied for the lead in U.S. Open
- Unknown jumps out front
- "Hayes shoots Open record". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 8, 1977. p. 19.
- "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- Hack, Damon (May 17, 2010). "Curse Of The Players". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- "Projects". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- Mark Hayes at the PGA Tour official site
- Mark Hayes and Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design homepage