Mark Hayes (golfer)
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Mark Hayes Golfer
Mark Hayes
Personal information
Full nameMark Stephen Hayes
Born(1949-07-12)July 12, 1949
Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedJuly 17, 2018(2018-07-17) (aged 69)
Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality United States
CollegeOklahoma State University
Turned professional1973
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT10: 1982
U.S. OpenT6: 1980
The Open ChampionshipT9: 1977
PGA ChampionshipT15: 1976

Mark Stephen Hayes (July 12, 1949 - July 17, 2018) was an American professional golfer. He had three victories on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, including the 1977 Tournament Players Championship. He played in the 1979 Ryder Cup as a late replacement for Tom Watson.

Early years and amateur career

Born in Stillwater, Oklahoma,[1] Hayes played collegiately at Oklahoma State University, where he was a two-time All-American.[2] He won the Sunnehanna Amateur in 1972.

Professional career

Hayes won three times on the PGA Tour: the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and Pensacola Open in 1976 and the Tournament Players Championship in 1977.[3] He also won the PGA Tour-sponsored Tallahassee Open in 1986 and three Oklahoma Opens.

Hayes had his best finish in a major championship at the U.S. Open in 1980, where he began the final round of play two shots out of the lead[4] but shot a final round 74 to finish T6. He was also the first round leader[5] at the 1975 PGA Championship, but finished T22. In the second round of The Open Championship in 1977, Hayes shot 63 at the Ailsa Course at Turnberry to establish a new single round record at The Open Championship by two strokes. The previous record of 65 was set by Henry Cotton in the second round in 1934 at Royal St. George's.[6]

Hayes played in the 1979 Ryder Cup team after Tom Watson gave up his spot to be with his wife at the birth of their first child.[7] Hayes lost both his matches on the second day but won his singles match against Antonio Garrido on the final day, to help the United States to a 17 to 11 win over the European team.

After turning 50, Hayes joined the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was T10 at the 2001 Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.[8]

Hayes was well known for his trademark bucket caps.[9]

Business career

In the late 1980s, Hayes began preparing for a career in golf course design and construction. In 1990, he established a golf course design firm.[2] His projects were built in Oklahoma and neighboring states.[10]


Hayes died on July 17, 2018, from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[11]

Amateur wins

Professional wins (7)

PGA Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 May 9, 1976 Byron Nelson Golf Classic 66-67-71-69=273 -11 2 strokes United States Don Bies 40,000
2 Nov 1, 1976 Pensacola Open 68-72-69-66=275 -9 2 strokes United States Lee Elder 25,000
3 Mar 20, 1977 Tournament Players Championship 72-74-71-72=289 +1 2 strokes United States Mike McCullough 60,000

PGA Tour playoff record (0-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1979 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States Andy Bean, United States Lon Hinkle Hinkle won with birdie on third extra hole
Bean eliminated with par on second hole
2 1981 Greater Greensboro Open United States Larry Nelson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (4)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T33
U.S. Open CUT T40 T14 T41 T35 CUT
The Open Championship T9 T14 T30
PGA Championship T22 T15 T19 CUT T62
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T10 T20 CUT
U.S. Open T6 T14 CUT T26 T43 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T32
PGA Championship T59 T33 T34 CUT CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

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 0 1 2 6 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 8
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 3 10 34 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made - 10 (1974 U.S. Open - 1978 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s - 1 (three times)

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. ^ "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Mark Hayes Biography". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Hayes wins with high total
  4. ^ Nicklaus tied for the lead in U.S. Open
  5. ^ Unknown jumps out front
  6. ^ "Hayes shoots Open record". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 8, 1977. p. 19.
  7. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (September 14, 1979). "Watson out of Cup". The Glasgow Herald. p. 28.
  8. ^ "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ Hack, Damon (May 17, 2010). "Curse Of The Players". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Projects". Mark Hayes & Associates, Inc. Golf Course Design. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Brian Brinkley (July 18, 2018). "Former OSU & PGA Tour Golfer Mark Hayes Dies".

External links

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