Jeff Sluman

Jeff Sluman
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Personal information
Full name Jeffrey George Sluman
Born (1957-09-11) September 11, 1957 (age 62)
Rochester, New York
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg; 10 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Chicago, Illinois
College Monroe Community College
Florida State University
Turned professional 1980
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 18
Highest ranking 24 (October 11, 1992)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
PGA Tour Champions 6
Other 6
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T4: 1992
PGA Championship Won: 1988
U.S. Open 2nd: 1992
The Open Championship T25: 1990

Jeffrey George Sluman (born September 11, 1957) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous professional golf tournaments including six PGA Tour victories.

Early years

Sluman was born and reared in Rochester, New York. After graduating from Greece Arcadia High School in 1975 and Monroe Community College in 1977, he attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree with a major in finance from FSU in 1980, and turned pro later that year.[2][3]

Professional career

Sluman has had an unusual career in terms of winning golf tournaments. During what are usually considered a golfers most productive years – their early twenties through their middle thirties – Sluman won only once. At the age of 30, he won the 1988 PGA Championship. Then, shortly before his 40th birthday, he started winning consistently on the Tour and in non-Tour events. After winning the 1997 Tucson Chrysler Classic, he won seven more events including four on the PGA Tour during the next seven seasons. Sluman's best season was in 2002 when he finished the year ranked 15th on the PGA Tour with $2,250,187 in earnings. Despite his rather unusual sequence in respect to tournament wins, Sluman has been one of the Tour's most consistent top 10 finishers throughout his career; his regular career earnings exceeded 18 million dollars.

The 1988 PGA Championship was played at the Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. Sluman won the tournament by three strokes over Paul Azinger, shooting a total of 272. On the final day, Sluman took command of the tournament with a round of 65 that tied David Graham's 1979 mark as the lowest winning round in PGA history.[4]

Upon turning 50 in September 2007, Sluman joined the Champions Tour. He won his first tournament in June 2008, the Bank of America Championship and he also won the First Tee Open in 2008, 2009, and 2011.[3]

When Sluman won 1988 PGA Championship, Ping recognized him with a golden putter as a replica of the Ping PAL 2 he used to win. A second one was made and place in the Ping Gold putter vault.[5]

During the first round of the 1992 Masters, Sluman made history when he recorded a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. To date, this is the only time the fourth hole has been aced at the Masters.[6]

Other interests

In his spare time, Sluman can be described as a rabid sports fan. He closely follows the Florida State University Seminoles, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Cubs. He has held Bulls season tickets for over 10 years. Sluman is also a fan of Formula One racing, and is friends with former Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He is also a collector of rare, fine wines with about 2,000 bottles in his collection.[3]

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (18)

PGA Tour wins (6)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 14, 1988 PGA Championship βˆ’12 (69-70-68-65=272) 3 strokes United States Paul Azinger
2 Feb 23, 1997 Tucson Chrysler Classic βˆ’13 (75-68-65-67=275) 1 stroke United States Steve Jones
3 Sep 6, 1998 Greater Milwaukee Open βˆ’19 (68-66-63-68=265) 1 stroke United States Steve Stricker
4 Jan 17, 1999 Sony Open in Hawaii βˆ’9 (69-70-66-66=271) 2 strokes United States Davis Love III, United States Jeff Maggert,
United States Len Mattiace, United States Chris Perry,
United States Tommy Tolles
5 Jul 22, 2001 B.C. Open βˆ’22 (67-68-65-66=266) Playoff Australia Paul Gow
6 Jul 14, 2002 Greater Milwaukee Open βˆ’23 (64-66-63-68=261) 4 strokes United States Tim Herron, United States Steve Lowery

PGA Tour playoff record (1–6)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 Tournament Players Championship Scotland Sandy Lyle Lost to par on third extra hole
2 1991 Kemper Open United States Billy Andrade Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1992 AT&T National Pro-Am United States Mark O'Meara Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic Zimbabwe Nick Price Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1999 MCI Classic United States Glen Day, United States Payne Stewart Day won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2001 Nissan Open Australia Robert Allenby, United States Brandel Chamblee,
Japan Toshi Izawa, United States Dennis Paulson, United States Bob Tway
Allenby won with birdie on first extra hole
7 2001 B.C. Open Australia Paul Gow Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (5)

Champions Tour wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 22, 2008 Bank of America Championship βˆ’17 (68-67-64=199) 2 strokes United States Loren Roberts
2 Aug 31, 2008 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach βˆ’14 (66-69-67=202) 5 strokes United States Fuzzy Zoeller, United States Craig Stadler
3 Sep 6, 2009 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach βˆ’10 (65-73-68=206) 2 strokes United States Gene Jones
4 Jul 10, 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach βˆ’10 (68-68-60=206) 2 strokes United States Brad Bryant, United States David Eger, United States Jay Haas
5 Apr 28, 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
(with Brad Faxon)
βˆ’23 (62-66-65=193) 1 stroke United States Fred Funk & United States Mike Goodes,
United States Kenny Perry & United States Gene Sauers
6 Jun 8, 2014 Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf
(with Fred Funk)
βˆ’20 (61-50-48=159) 1 stroke United States Jay Haas & United States Peter Jacobsen

Champions Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
with United States Craig Stadler
Germany Bernhard Langer & United States Tom Lehman Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2010 AT&T Championship Canada Rod Spittle Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship Germany Bernhard Langer Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other senior wins (1)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1988 PGA Championship 3 shot deficit βˆ’12 (69-70-68-65=272) 3 strokes United States Paul Azinger

Results timeline

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T45 T8
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T30 T14 1 T24
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T27 T29 T4 T17 T25 T41 CUT T7 CUT T31
U.S. Open T14 CUT 2 T11 T9 T13 T50 T28 T10 CUT
The Open Championship T25 T101 CUT CUT T60 T45
PGA Championship T31 T61 T12 T61 T25 T8 T41 CUT T27 T54
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Masters Tournament 18 T24 44 43 T49
U.S. Open CUT T24 CUT T6 CUT
The Open Championship T60 CUT T41
PGA Championship T41 CUT T23 CUT T62 CUT CUT CUT

CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 3 7 17 15
U.S. Open 0 1 0 1 4 8 19 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 6
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 2 7 22 16
Totals 1 1 0 3 9 23 68 48
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1993 PGA – 1995 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The Players Championship T40 2 T45 CUT CUT CUT T40 T46 CUT T49 T41 CUT CUT T46 T17 T33 T4 T32 T26 T46 T45 CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in senior major championships

Results are not in chronological order prior to 2017.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition – T31 T11 T29 T12 T7 T8 T9 11 T23 T17 41 T43
Senior PGA Championship – T9 T5 T21 T18 T44 T47 T15 T7 CUT T59 T19 CUT
U.S. Senior Open – T18 T16 T24 T17 T28 T6 T5 CUT T32 T12 CUT T33
Senior Players Championship T17 T3 T24 4 T6 T43 T16 2 T20 T9 T71 T57 T54
Senior British Open Championship – T21 24 T11 T28 T40 T57 T16 T9 T12 T15 T32 T36

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

See also


  1. ^ "Week 41 1992 Ending 11 Oct 1992" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour Profile – Jeff Sluman". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "PGA Tour Media Guide – Jeff Sluman". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "USGA/PGA Championships". Oak Tree National. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "6 fascinating stories from Ping's Gold Putter Vault". PGA Tour. January 10, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Boyette, John. "Holes-in-one part of Masters drama". Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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