John Cook (golfer)

John Cook (golfer)

John Cook
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name John Neuman Cook
Born (1957-10-02) October 2, 1957
Toledo, Ohio
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Windermere, Florida
College Ohio State University
Turned professional 1979
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 27
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Champions Tour 10
Other 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T21: 1981
U.S. Open T4: 1981
The Open Championship 2nd: 1992
PGA Championship T2: 1992
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year

John Neuman Cook (born October 2, 1957) is an American professional golfer, who won 11 times on the PGA Tour and was a member of the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 45 weeks in 1992 and 1993.[1] He currently plays on the Champions Tour.


  • Amateur career 1
  • PGA Tour 2
  • Champions Tour 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Amateur wins (7) 5
  • Professional wins (27) 6
    • PGA Tour wins (11) 6.1
    • Other wins (6) 6.2
    • Champions Tour (10) 6.3
  • Results in major championships 7
    • Summary 7.1
  • Results in Champions Tour majors 8
  • U.S. national team appearances 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Amateur career

The son of PGA Tour official Jim Cook, John Cook was born in Toledo, Ohio, but grew up in southern California. He attended Miraleste High School in Rancho Palos Verdes, graduating in 1976.[2] In addition to golf, Cook was a promising, but undersized quarterback in football through his sophomore year. He was advised by his high school golf coach (who also coached football) to concentrate on golf, which would give him his best opportunity for a collegiate scholarship. The coach, Wilbur Lucas, later said it was the only time he suggested an athlete drop a sport.[3] Cook was also coached by former PGA Tour star Ken Venturi.[4]

Cook was offered a scholarship to the Ohio State University, and was personally advised to accept by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He was a member of the Buckeyes' 1979 NCAA Championship team, which also included Joey Sindelar. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1978 at age 20, and nearly won it again in 1979, losing to Mark O'Meara in the finals. He also won the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1977 and 1979 and the California State Amateur in 1975. Cook also won the 1978 and 1979 Northeast Amateur held at Wannamoisett Country Club. Following the 1979 U.S. Amateur, Cook turned professional.

PGA Tour

Cook's first PGA Tour victory came in the 1981 storm-plagued Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to the weather conditions. Cook won the title on the third extra hole after a five-way sudden-death playoff that included Hale Irwin, Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw, and Barney Thompson.[5] Hale Irwin, the last of the four men that Cook eliminated in the playoff, was gracious in defeat. Irwin said: "John is a special young man. He deserved to win. He is one of the best new young players on the tour."[6]

Cook's second PGA Tour win came in the 1983 Canadian Open. Cook won the tournament with a birdie putt on the sixth extra hole of a playoff against Johnny Miller, after both players parred the first five extra holes.[7]

At the 1990 Las Vegas Invitational, Cook lost a playoff to Bob Tway in memorable fashion. On the first hole of sudden-death, Cook hit a sand wedge shot into the hole from 95 yards for an apparent birdie only to see the ball bounce out of the hole and eventually finish 15 feet from the hole, but off the green.[8] Tway won the playoff with a routine par.

In 1992, Cook won three PGA Tour events, including a two-shot victory at the United Airlines Hawaiian Open after shooting two closing rounds of 65. He moved into the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time that year.

Cook has had seven top-10 finishes in major championships. The closest he came to winning a major during his career was when he led the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield by two shots late in the final round. Cook missed a two-foot birdie putt on the 17th that would have given him a three-shot lead before he bogeyed the 18th and lost the Open by one stroke to Nick Faldo. The Englishman birdied two of the last four holes to overtake Cook. After the tournament Cook said: "I definitely let one slip away. I had a chance to win a major championship and I didn't."[9]

During three consecutive years between 1996 to 1998, Cook had at least one PGA Tour win. His 1996 victory in the FedEx St. Jude Classic came after his opening three rounds of 64-62-63 for a 54-hole score of 189 broke the lowest total in PGA Tour history for the first three rounds.[10]

The last of Cook's eleven PGA Tour wins came in the 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open at the age of 43.

He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1986.

Champions Tour

In October 2007, Cook became eligible to play on the Champions Tour. In his second start he won the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, 19 days after his 50th birthday. He finished two strokes ahead of Mark O'Meara and earned $240,000 for the victory, his first in six years.[11] A year later, at the same event, he captured his second Champions Tour win, coming from behind with a 65 in the final round to win by three strokes over Keith Fergus.

Cook won his third career title on the Champions Tour in 2009 at the Administaff Small Business Classic by two strokes over Bob Tway and Jay Haas. Two weeks later, Cook picked up his fourth Champions Tour win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship by five strokes over Russ Cochran. Cook set a scoring record at the tournament, shooting 22-under-par, with a 10-under-par 62 in the second round. Cook successfully defended this title in the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, winning by two strokes over Michael Allen.

Cook has had some near-misses in senior majors. At the 2008 Senior British Open at Royal Troon, he lost a playoff to Bruce Vaughan. At The Tradition in 2009, Cook bogeyed the 72nd hole and lost a playoff to Mike Reid. In 2011, Fred Couples defeated Cook on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff in the Senior Players Championship.[12]

Personal life

Cook currently resides in Windermere, Florida, with his wife Jan. He has three children.[13] His son, Jason, plays golf for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Cook has helped design a golf course in Sunbury, Ohio, with help from his sister Cathy Cook, also a former standout player at nearby Ohio State.

Amateur wins (7)

Professional wins (27)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 1, 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am −7 (66-71-72=209) Playoff Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw,
Hale Irwin, Barney Thompson
2 Jul 31, 1983 Canadian Open −7 (68-71-70-68=277) Playoff Johnny Miller
3 Aug 16, 1987 The International 11 points (5-0-4-11) 2 points Ken Green
4 Jan 19, 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −24 ( 65-73-63-69-66=336) Playoff Rick Fehr, Tom Kite,
Mark O'Meara, Gene Sauers
5 Feb 9, 1992 United Airlines Hawaiian Open −23 (67-68-65-65=265) 2 strokes Paul Azinger
6 Oct 11, 1992 Las Vegas Invitational −26 (68-66-62-70-68=334) 2 strokes David Frost
7 Jun 23, 1996 FedEx St. Jude Classic −26 (64-62-63-69=258) 8 strokes John Adams
8 Jul 28, 1996 CVS Charity Classic −16 (65-67-67-69=268) 3 strokes Russ Cochran
9 Jan 19, 1997 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic −33 (66-69-67-62-63=327) 1 stroke Mark Calcavecchia
10 May 17, 1998 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic −15 (66-68-66-65=265) 3 strokes Fred Couples, Harrison Frazar,
Hal Sutton
11 Aug 26, 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open −17 (69-64-74-64=271) 1 stroke Jerry Kelly
PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw,
Hale Irwin, Barney Thompson
Won with par on third extra hole
Clampett, Crenshaw, and Thompson eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 1983 Canadian Open Johnny Miller Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
3 1986 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Donnie Hammond Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1990 Federal Express St. Jude Classic Tom Kite Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 1990 Las Vegas Invitational Bob Tway Lost to par on first extra hole
6 1992 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Rick Fehr, Tom Kite,
Mark O'Meara, Gene Sauers
Won with eagle on fourth extra hole
Fehr eliminated with birdie on second hole
Kite and O'Meara eliminated with birdie on first hole

Other wins (6)

Champions Tour (10)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 21, 2007 AT&T Championship −15 (65-68-65=198) 2 strokes Mark O'Meara
2 Oct 26, 2008 AT&T Championship (2) −16 (69-63-65=197) 3 strokes Keith Fergus
3 Oct 18, 2009 Administaff Small Business Classic −11 (65-72-68=205) 2 strokes Jay Haas, Bob Tway
4 Nov 1, 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −22 (68-62-67-69=266) 5 strokes Russ Cochran
5 Nov 8, 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship (2) −17 (64-69-67-67=267) 2 strokes Michael Allen
6 Jan 23, 2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai −22 (66-64-64=194) 2 strokes Tom Lehman
7 Apr 17, 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am −9 (66-65-73=204) Playoff Jay Don Blake
8 Jul 3, 2011 Montreal Championship −21 (63-66-66=195) 3 strokes Chien Soon Lu
9 Jan 20, 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (2) −17 (66-66-67=199) Playoff David Frost
10 Sep 28, 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach −11 (67-68-69=204) 1 stroke Tom Byrum
Champions Tour playoff record (2–6)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 Senior British Open Bruce Vaughan Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition Mike Reid Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2010 Allianz Championship Bernhard Langer Lost to eagle on first extra hole
4 2010 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
with Joey Sindelar
Mark O'Meara & Nick Price Lost to par on second extra hole
5 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Jay Don Blake Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Fred Couples Lost to birdie on third extra hole
7 2011 Songdo IBD Championship Jay Don Blake, Mark O'Meara, Peter Senior Blake won with birdie on fifth extra hole
O'Meara and Senior eliminated with par on third hole
8 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai David Frost Won with birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP 39
U.S. Open CUT DNP T53
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP T21 CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP T24 CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP T19 T34 T20 CUT DNP T53 T28 T48 DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP CUT T54 T39 T46 CUT DNP CUT 43 CUT
U.S. Open DNP T19 T13 T25 5 T62 T16 T36 CUT T60
The Open Championship DNP DNP 2 CUT T55 T40 DNP CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP CUT T2 T6 T4 CUT T47 T23 9 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 15 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 2 2 7 22 15
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 3
PGA Championship 0 1 0 2 4 7 17 12
Totals 0 2 0 5 7 17 61 37
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1992 Masters – 1993 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1992 Open Championship – 1992 PGA)

Results in Champions Tour majors

Results are not be in chronological order prior to 2014.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
The Tradition T14 2 T6 T25 T38 DNP T6 T29
Senior PGA Championship T16 T17 T36 T13 2 DNP T21 T66
Senior Players Championship T7 T5 65 2 T20 T36 T12 T47
U.S. Senior Open 5 T19 T3 CUT T6 T35 T24 CUT
Senior British Open Championship 2 CUT T11 11 T6 T61 T64 CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ 1976 Miraleste High School Yearbook Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  3. ^ Hanson, Scott (August 24, 2008). "Ben Crenshaw shoots a 67 to move up".  
  4. ^ Golf Channel television broadcast of 2010 Charles Schwab Cup final round, November 7, 2010
  5. ^ "Cook wins 5-way playoff".  
  6. ^ Green, Bob (February 3, 1981). "Crosby winner Cook Tops His Example, Hale Irwin".  
  7. ^ "So many stories didn't spoil John Cook's pot".  
  8. ^ "Cook's bad bounce lifts Tway in playoff".  
  9. ^ Florence, Mal (July 20, 1992). "Cook's leftovers are Faldo feast: American folds late, gives Brit third Open".  
  10. ^ "Cook 24 Under After 3 Rounds, Setting Record".  
  11. ^ "In only second start, Cook wins his first Champions Tour title". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Gola, Hank (August 22, 2011). "Fred Couples defeats John Cook on third hole of sudden-death playoff at Senior Players Championship".  
  13. ^ "US Open PGA Golf Tour Sunday, Character Profile: John Cook". USA Network. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 

External links

  • John Cook at the PGA Tour official site