2012: Enjoyed another successful year, adding a victory to his resume along with 11 top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish on the season-ending money list. Topped the $1-million mark for the second year in succession.
Also led all players in Birdie Average (4.49) and in Total Birdies (323).
Returned to the winner's circle for the first time since his win at the 2011 Boeing Classic when he was a four-stroke victor at the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship in June. Trailed 36-hole leader Bob Tway by one after two rounds, but a course-record-tying, 8-under-par 64 helped him finish four strokes in front of runner-up Brad Bryant for his second career Champions Tour win.
Led by four strokes after two rounds of the AT&T; Championship but did not make a birdie until No. 14 Sunday at TPC San Antonio, eventually carding a 2-over 74 to drop into a solo third.
Shared the third-round lead with eventual champion Joe Daley at the Constellation Senior Players Championship before faltering Sunday with a 2-over-par 72 to T4 near Pittsburgh.
Held a two-stroke advantage after 36 holes at the Toshiba Classic but played his first five holes of the final round in 4-over to relinquish the lead. He rebounded with three birdies to get back into contention but hurt his chances with successive bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17. Had a good look for an eagle at No. 18 to possibly tie for the lead but settled for a birdie and an eventual T2 finish, two back of Loren Roberts.
Saw a great opportunity slip away in February when he led during the final round of the Allianz Championship, but made bogeys on six of his final seven holes and ended up finishing T7 in Boca Raton.
Was the first-round leader in defense of his Boeing Classic title and eventually finished T4 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Was T9 in his 26th Open Championship start, making his 19th cut in the event. It was his first top-10 at the oldest major championship since a T10 in 1997. 2011: Despite winning just once, turned in a stellar first full season on the Champions Tour, earning the Byron Nelson Trophy for lowest stroke average (69.04) and finishing second in official earnings, with more than $1.8 million.
Made a late run at the Charles Schwab Cup before coming up just 74 points shy of Tom Lehman. Needed to win or finish in a two-way T2 at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship to have a chance to unseat Lehman and made a valiant effort before ending in a four-way tie for the runner-up spot to come up just short.
Led the Champions Tour in top-10 finishes, with 15 in his 22 starts on the circuit and was among the top-five in five events, including three majors. Finally broke through for his first career victory in late August at the Boeing Classic near Seattle. Birdied the last three holes of regulation and then birdied the first playoff hole to edge Russ Cochran for the win in his 31st career Tour start. Appeared to have won the event in regulation until Cochran made a 12-foot eagle putt at No. 18 to match his final round of 7-under 65 and send the event into overtime. On the first extra hole, he two-putted from 25 feet for birdie on the par-5 18th as Cochran made bogey after landing in the greenside bunker in two. Win at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge ended a TOUR victory drought of 4 years, 5 months, 17 days and was his third TOUR title in the Pacific Northwest (1997 Greater Vancouver Open and 2005 Bell Canadian Open). Also became the first player in Boeing Classic history to make that event his first Champions Tour title.
Named the Champions Tour Player of the Month for August.
Prior to winning, was the 18-, 36- and 54-hole co-leader at the Senior British Open and was tied for the lead with Russ Cochran early in the final round before he four-putted the 9th hole at Walton Heath and made double-bogey to fall out of contention. Eventually closed to within two strokes of Cochran late in the round and finished second.
Continued his stellar play the following week where he posted four straight rounds in the 60s to claim a solo third-place finish at the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness. Was the only player in the field to post four straight rounds in the 60s.
At the season's first major, was the 36- and 54-hole leader at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek but struggled with a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, leaving him T5 in Alabama.
Near the end of the year, finished second at the AT&T; Championship in October after three successive rounds in the 60s at TPC San Antonio.
Led the Champions Tour in Sub-Par Rounds with 57 and, along with Peter Senior, had the most Rounds in the 60s with 43.
Following the end of the official season, teamed with Kenny Perry and Jay Haas to win the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Las Vegas.
Also won the Nedbank Seniors Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa, edging Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam by one stroke in the 36-hole event at Gary Player CC.
Teamed with Nick Price to finish T2 at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples in early December.
Played in six PGA TOUR events, making two cuts.
Best effort was a T33 at the Bob Hope Classic in January after five straight rounds in the 60s in the 90-hole event. 2010: Joined the Champions Tour in June and made a quick impression, with six top-10 finishes in 14 starts and an 18th-place finish on the final money list.
Best showing came in August when he shared the 36-hole lead with David Frost at the 3M Championship, but could do no better than solo second place after Frost blew away the field with an 11-under-par 61 Sunday for a seven-stroke victory at TPC Twin Cities.
Was the first-round leader at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and was in contention throughout, before eventually finishing T3.
Made his debut at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and was T6. Registered three straight rounds in the 60s at En-Joie and made just one bogey in the 54-hole event, the fewest of any player in the field.
Found himself in second place after 36 holes of The Open Championship but dropped into an eventual 73rd-place showing after posting rounds of 77-80 on the weekend at St. Andrews.