Nov. 4, 2022

Mark Calcavecchia - Part 3 (The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup)

Mark Calcavecchia - Part 3 (The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup)

The 1989 winner of the Open Championship at Royal Troon, Mark Calcavecchia continues his story by recounting the thrills and agony of representing your nation in team competition. He begins with the painful U.S. loss in the 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village under Captain Jack Nicklaus and continues with a tough draw at the Belfry two years later. Listen in as Mark takes us through his roller coaster match with Colin Montgomerie in the "War by the Shore" in 1991 and hear Captain Dave Stockton relate how Calc's fast start in his match inspired the U.S. side's play that final day. He briefly reflects on Presidents Cup and Dunhill Cup experiences before looking back on a golf career well-played. Mark Calcavecchia finishes up with his life story, "FORE the Good of the Game."

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Calcavecchia, Mark

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Mark Calcavecchia is a professional golfer and former PGA Tour member. Born in 1960, he currently resides in Florida and has left quite a mark on the golf course over the course of the years so far. Childhood friend of professional golfer Jack William Nickalus’ son, Calvecchia got his foot in the door early on by learning from the legend himself. In high school, he played for the North Shore golf team and won the Florida high school golf championship in 1977. Calcavecchia then took his talents to the University of Florida in Gainesville on an athletic scholarship. Turning professional in 1981, he then joined the PGA Tour in 1982. Calcavecchia has since had 30 professional career wins, the majority of them in the PGA Tour, with one in the Asian Tour, one in the PGA Tour of Australasia, and two in the Champions Tour. His career highlight was winning the Open Championship in 1989. Although he no longer competes in the PGA Tour, Calcavecchia still competes in the Champions Tour and is also a recipient of the Byron Nelson Award, which he received in 2011 for having the lowest scoring average in the Champions Tour.