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Hal Sutton

Personal information
NameHal Sutton
Full nameHal Evan Sutton
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight210 lb (95.3 kg ; 15 st)
NationalityUnited States
ResidenceBossier City, Louisiana
CollegeCentenary College
Turned professional1981
Current toursPGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour14
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament10th: 2000
U.S. OpenT4: 1986
The Open ChampionshipT4: 1986
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1983
Achievements and awards
PGA Player of the Year1983
PGA Tour
leading money winner
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
Payne Stewart Award2007

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Hal Evan Sutton (born April 28, 1958) is an American professional golfer.

Sutton was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. A promising golfer at the Centenary College of Louisiana, he was named Golf Magazines 1980 College Player of the Year. 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. What would prove to be the biggest win of his career—his only win in a major—came a year later at the PGA Championship. 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 stint of play for eight years, Sutton rejuvenated his career in 1995 with a win at the B.C. Open. In 1998 he 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, however, Sutton had one of his best years, making 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. He has reached the top 5 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.

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. He became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in April 2008.

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