Hal Sutton

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Hal Sutton
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Hal Evan Sutton
Born (1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 64)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Bossier City, Louisiana
Spouse Stacy Sutton
Children Holt, Sadie, Samantha, Sara
College Centenary College
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 14
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 10th: 2000
U.S. Open T4: 1986
The Open Championship T10: 1999
PGA Championship Won: 1983
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year 1983
PGA Tour
leading money winner
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
Payne Stewart Award 2007

Hal Evan Sutton (born April 28, 1958) is an American professional golfer who had 14 victories on the PGA Tour, including one major, the 1983 PGA Championship.

Professional career

Sutton was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. A promising golfer at the Centenary College of Louisiana, he was named Golf Magazine's 1980 College Player of the Year. At Centenary, Sutton won 14 golf tournaments, was an All American, led the Gents to the NCAA Tournament, and finished ninth nationally.[1] He quickly established himself as one of the PGA Tour's top young stars in the early 1980s. His first win was at the 1982 Walt Disney World Golf Classic in a playoff with Bill Britton after the two had tied at 19-under-par 269 after 72 holes.[2]

The biggest win of Sutton's career – and his only major championship – came a year later at the 1983 PGA Championship.[3] He entered into a long drought shortly thereafter, going from 1986 to 1995 without a PGA Tour victory. He nearly lost his tour card late in the string, maintaining it only by using a one-time-only exemption for players in the top 50 of the all-time PGA Tour career money list. After this disappointing eight years, Sutton rejuvenated his career in 1995 with a win at the B.C. Open.

In 1998, Sutton won the Valero Texas Open and the prestigious Tour Championship to finish fifth on the PGA Tour money list. Other than his spectacular 1983 season, Sutton had his best year to date in 2000 by beating Tiger Woods in the final group of The Players Championship to win. He also had an additional win to that—the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic two starts later. He would go on to finish fourth on the PGA Tour money list. In 2001, Sutton made the cut in 22 of 26 events with one victory at the Shell Houston Open at TPC at The Woodlands and a season winnings total of $1.7 million.

Sutton ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for over 50 weeks from their debut in 1986 to 1987 and then again for over 50 weeks between 1999 and 2001.[4] He has reached the top five of the rankings.

After playing on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams (1985, 1987, 1999, 2002), he was named non-playing captain of the team for 2004. The competition, played at Oakland Hills Country Club, saw Europe beat the USA by 18.5 points to 9.5 points. Inevitably, Sutton came in for some criticism of his performance as captain, especially for his decision to pair Tiger Woods with Phil Mickelson on the first day of play.[5]

In 2007 he received the Payne Stewart Award. He won it for his charitable efforts which include the establishment of the Christus Schumpert Sutton Children's Hospital in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He also teamed up with Louisianans Kelly Gibson and David Toms to raise more than $2 million in aid to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita victims. Sutton was also awarded the Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award in 2004 and the Golf Writers Association of America's 2006 Charlie Bartlett Award with Gibson and Toms for their relief efforts.

Sutton became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in April 2008. His best finish in this venue is T-3 at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Amateur wins (6)

Professional wins (15)

PGA Tour wins (14)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 31, 1982 Walt Disney World Golf Classic −19 (71-63-68-67=269) Playoff United States Bill Britton
2 Mar 28, 1983 Tournament Players Championship −5 (73-71-70-69=283) 1 stroke United States Bob Eastwood
3 Aug 7, 1983 PGA Championship −10 (65-66-72-71=274) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
4 Jun 30, 1985 St. Jude Memphis Classic −9 (65-76-73-65=279) Playoff United States David Ogrin
5 Sep 22, 1985 Southwest Golf Classic −15 (68-67-67-71=273) Playoff United States Mike Reid
6 Jan 26, 1986 Phoenix Open −17 (64-64-68-71=267) 2 strokes United States Calvin Peete, United States Tony Sills
7 May 25, 1986 Memorial Tournament −17 (68-69-66-68=271) 4 strokes United States Don Pooley
8 Sep 17, 1995 B.C. Open −15 (71-69-68-61=269) 1 stroke United States Jim McGovern
9 Sep 27, 1998 Westin Texas Open −18 (67-68-67-68=270) 1 stroke United States Justin Leonard
10 Nov 1, 1998 The Tour Championship −6 (69-67-68-70=274) Playoff Fiji Vijay Singh
11 Sep 12, 1999 Bell Canadian Open −13 (69-67-70-69=275) 3 strokes United States Dennis Paulson
12 Mar 27, 2000 The Players Championship −10 (69-69-69-71=278) 1 stroke United States Tiger Woods
13 Apr 23, 2000 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic −14 (67-64-72-71=274) 3 strokes United States Andrew Magee
14 Apr 22, 2001 Shell Houston Open −10 (70-68-71-69=278) 3 strokes United States Joe Durant, United States Lee Janzen

PGA Tour playoff record (4–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1982 Walt Disney World Golf Classic United States Bill Britton Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 1985 St. Jude Memphis Classic United States David Ogrin Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1985 Southwest Golf Classic United States Mike Reid Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1989 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic United States Mike Donald, United States Tim Simpson Donald won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Sutton eliminated with par on third hole
5 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic United States Dicky Pride, United States Gene Sauers Pride won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1998 The Tour Championship Fiji Vijay Singh Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1983 PGA Championship 2 shot lead −10 (65-66-72-71=274) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus

Results timeline

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament 52 CUT DNP T27 CUT T31 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT CUT T19 6 T16 T23 T4 T31 64 T29
The Open Championship DNP T47 LA CUT T29 CUT DNP DNP T11 CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T29 1 T6 T65 T21 T28 T66 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
PGA Championship T49 T7 CUT T31 T55 CUT CUT CUT T27 T26
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Masters Tournament 10 36 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT T44 T60 T39 CUT 79

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 16 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 3 9 18 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 4
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 3 4 24 17
Totals 1 0 0 2 8 16 68 39
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1999 U.S. Open – 1999 Open Championship)

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. "Hal Sutton, PGA Present Ryder Cup Gift: $100,000 Each to Centenary College & United Way of Northwest Louisiana".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Today in Golf History: October 31". Golfonline. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Golf Major Championships".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  5. Hack, Damon (September 18, 2006). "U.S. Turns Its Focus to Playing Like a Team". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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