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Mark Calcavecchia

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (57) / 6/12/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215

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Past champ Mark Calcavecchia returns to the site of his lone major championship title in 759 career PGA TOUR starts and heads out on Thursday at 12:31 p.m. (local) with former champs Todd Hamilton and Justin Leonard in the first round of the 145th Open Championship.
This is the ninth offering of The Open at Royal Troon Golf Club and Calcavecchia won the sixth playing in 1989, outlasting Aussie's Wayne Grady and Greg Norman (playoff) in his third overall appearance. He's one of 16 past champions in the field and joins fellow Americans Hamilton (2004) and Leonard (1997) as the three most recent champs at Royal Troon. In total, it's the 56-year-old's 29th appearance since T11 on debut in 1987, though the first eight were, at the time, Unofficial Events on the PGA TOUR. He's played in every edition since with the exception of 2014 when he had travel issues. The Nebraska native has missed three of his last four cuts, but turned back the clock with a T9 in 2012 (Royal Lytham) at 52 years of age. Tue, Jul 12, 2016 07:23:00 PM

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The second round of the 144th Open Championship has been suspended after heavy rain waterlogged the course. UPDATE: The second round resumed at 10:00.

The first group out -- 1989 Open champ Mark Calcavecchia, Jaco Van Zyl and Marcel Siem -- teed off as scheduled at 6:32 a.m. local time. But before the threesome could complete the opening hole, play was suspended at 6:46 a.m. after almost an inch of rain left parts of the Old Course under water and unplayable. At 8:40 a.m., the Open website reported that the heavy rain had ceased and the greenkeeping staff were now starting the clean-up operation. Head greenkeeper Gordon Moir had earlier told BBC Sport, "It will take up to an hour and a half to clear the water. We're not sure when play will start. We've had about 19mm of rain since 6am and we're expecting another heavy shower." UPDATE: With play resuming at 10.00, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth will tee off at around 6:00 p.m. and have no chance of completing the second round today.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 03:59:00 AM

Mark Calcavecchia returns to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico for his second Puerto Rico Open.

His only other venture to this event resulted in a T24 in 2010. The Champion's Tour member has only Past Champion Status, so expectations should not be all that high. He last made the cut in a PGA TOUR event last year in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finishing in a tie for 34th.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia has been removed from the published field of this week's Open Championship.

According to his Twitter page, the 1989 champion at Royal Troon experienced travel issues. At 10:58 a.m. ET, Calc tweeted, "Right now I thought I'd be on 3rd hole of mini practice rd at the Open!! Best we could do is a flight to West Palm Beach."
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia has been removed from the published field of this week's Valero Texas Open.

He shared 29th place at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in the wake of an illness at Copperhead. He's cashed in three of his six starts on the PGA TOUR this season, but sits 213th in FedExCup points. He hasn't appeared in San Antonio since 2003.
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia signed for an even-par 33-39=72 following his opening round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Calc was in our crosshairs today after his concerning mid-round withdrawal at Copperhead on Sunday due to what was described as an illness. He was bogey-free 4-under at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Biloxi before stumbling home with two bogeys and a double. He's scheduled to resume his PGA TOUR schedule at next week's Valero Texas Open. Calc entered this week ranked 212th in FedExCup points.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 06:33:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia withdrew during the final round of the Valspar Championship citing an illness.

Calcavecchia had just posted a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine at the Copperhead Course when he pulled out. His wife Brenda, also serving as his caddie, offered some perspective. Brenda said, "I've never seen him this white. He was ready to go down." She also said he hasn't eaten in 24 hours, so this doesn't sound like a case of him quitting on his round. If he's able, look for Calc again at the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic this coming Friday.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Mark Calcavecchia will be after some old magic at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, a tournament he's won three times.

Calc has 13 PGA TOUR victories, so you know that TPC Scottsdale holds a special place in his heart. He's logged nine top 10s on the track but none since a T9 in 2005. He also co-owns the tournament record of 28-under-par 65-60-64-67=256 in 2001. While we can't expect the 53-year-old to factor this week, anticipate considerable support among the locals. This is his first visit since missing the cut in 2012 and 27th overall.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 06:04:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia teamed with Chad Campbell to go even par in their opening round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Long dubbed the Shark Shootout since Greg Norman is the host, the event is in its 25th edition. Calc was on our radar today since he mysteriously withdrew during the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba nearly a month ago. He doesn't have any fantasy value for PGA TOUR gamers, but he's burning a career earnings exemption in 2013-14, so he's fully exempt and may pop up in more fields than his recent schedule suggests.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 03:09:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia is listed in the published field of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Dec. 13-15.

We still don't know why he withdrew during his third round in México two weeks ago, but it likely affected few investors. Calc is scheduled to be partnered with Chad Campbell during the three-day affair at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla. If the 53-year-old honors the commitment, it will mark his 20th appearance in the 25 years of the unofficial event.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 02:33:00 AM

Mark Calcavecchia withdrew during the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Making the cut on the number at 1-under-par, Calc was 5-over through seven holes beginning his third round off the 10th tee on Saturday afternoon. A reason has not been released for his withdrawal, but if it is we will relay it. One could assume that his slow start to the third round and the prospect of playing 29 holes on Sunday with little hope of a high finish may have played into the decision. Calc is burning a career earnings exemption on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, so we'll toss him onto our Injury Report. That said, he's not a viable investment in formats that reward success.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia is scheduled to compete in this week's McGladrey Classic.

Calc has always beaten his own drum, so it's not surprising that he's chosen to burn a career earnings exemption for sitting inside the top 50 all-time; he's 29th. It was in the late spring of 2010 that he announced that the Memorial Tournament was going to be his last start as a full-time PGA TOUR member. That made sense since he turned 50 a week after the event. He then exhausted his top-25 career earnings exemption in 2011, but limited his schedule to only six starts. On Past Champions status in 2012 and 2013, he went an aggregate 1-for-4. His lucrative fantasy days are ancient history, but he's coming off a T5 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, so don't be shocked if he makes the cut at Sea Island this week. It could be the beginning of what may be a farewell tour of sorts in the big leagues.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 06:42:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia secured his first top 10 in a British Open since 1997 when he signed for a 2-over-par 36-36=72 to finish the week tied for ninth at even-par 280.

The 1989 champion last recorded a top 10 in 1997. In Sunday's lap around Royal Lytham & St. Annes he squared two bogeys, without a birdie, on the outward nine. Coming in he squared the round with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes. It would be short lived, as he would suffer his final two bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 03:02:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia seems right at home at Royal Lytham & St. Annes as evident by his 1-under-par 31-38=69 in the third round of the British Open.

The 1989 champion finds himself in the thick of things after circling six birdies and swallowing three bogeys and a double bogey. While taking home the Claret Jug is unlikely, he is in position to close on his first top 10 in this event since 1997 with a solid performance on Sunday.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 01:20:00 PM

Mark Calcavecchia will make his annual stop at the British Open.

Calc won the 1989 edition at Troon, and has not missed the tournament since. While he's made the cut in each of his previous trips to Royal Lytham and St. Annes, he has done no better than 41st in 2001.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 10:42:00 PM