|Full name||Robert Lynn McRoy, Jr.|
May 20, 1968 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|College||University of Alabama|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||T40: 2004|
|The Open Championship||CUT: 2004|
|PGA Championship||CUT: 2002|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
Player of the Year
Early years and education
McRoy was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He got his nickname Spike from his great uncle, a Ty Cobb fan, who sent McRoy a miniature Detroit Tigers uniform when he was born. Cobb was known for his aggressive base running – often "spiking" opposing infielders as he rounded the bases. McRoy graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 1986. He attended the University of Alabama graduating with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance in 1991. He was on the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team while there. He turned professional after graduating.
McRoy has split his playing time between the PGA Tour and Buy.com/Nationwide Tour relatively equally throughout his career, and has just over a half-dozen top-10 finishes in each venue. He was the top money winner on the Buy.com Tour in 2000 with $300,638 in earnings, and victories at the Buy.com Dakota Dunes Open and the Buy.com Tour Championship. In 2002, he captured his first win in a PGA Tour event at the B.C. Open. McRoy last played a full PGA Tour season in 2005 and continues to compete occasionally on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour.
Professional wins (7)
PGA Tour wins (1)
Buy.com Tour wins (2)
Other wins (4)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- 1996 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 1997 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
- 2000 Buy.com Tour graduates
- Robinson, Tom (May 20, 2000). "This Buy,com Players Sets His Sights On A Big-Time Spike In His Pro Career". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk, VA. p. C5. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- "Clarence Rose, Spike McRoy grab headlines". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, AL. Associated Press. August 30, 1997. p. 6C. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- "On the right course - Well-traveled McRoy hits links on PGA Tour". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, AZ. January 8, 2001.
- Fitzhenry, Mark (August 2, 2002). "Sergio, Ernie and, uh, Spike? Unknown McRoy has time of his life in same group as world's elite". The Gazette. Colorado Springs, CO. p. SP10. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- "McRoy surges to victory over faltering Micheel". ESPN. July 21, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
- "McRoy wins first Tour title". The Vindicator. Youngstown, OH. Associated Press. July 22, 2002. p. C3. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- "Spike McRoy". Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
- "El Paso man experiences PGA event 'inside the ropes'". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. July 21, 2001.
Spike McRoy and his wife, Rica, used to stay in the basement of Jim and Cheryl Higgins' home off the 15th hole at El Paso Golf Club for two or three weeks at a time. McRoy was playing the Hooters Tour, which made stops at El Paso and Rantoul. Jim Higgins used to caddy for McRoy during those events. Although the Hooters Tour last stopped at El Paso in 1997, the McRoys and Higginses have kept in close contact.