Mark Calcavecchia has teed it up 736 times on the PGA Tour, winning 13 tournaments and earning just under $24 million in a career that has not had very many dull moments.
Calcavecchia turns 50 on June 12, and he was thrilled -- as thrilled as he ever gets -- to get an exemption to the Memorial in what likely will be his final time playing a regular PGA Tour event.
"I started thinking about turning 50 when I was 47," Calcavecchia said Tuesday.
The Memorial is an appropriate send-off.
He moved from Nebraska to south Florida when he was a teenager and immediately got involved in the junior golf scene. Calcavecchia competed throughout high school against Jack Nicklaus II , whose father often came out to their junior events.
"We lived about two miles from each other," he said.
Calcavecchia first played Muirfield Village in 1987, the year after his first PGA Tour victory, and this will be his 24th consecutive year at the Memorial. The closest he came to winning was in 1995, when he tied for second behind Greg Norman .
But there's more.
His wife, Brenda , grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and has arranged for a big birthday bash next weekend.
TIGER TRACKS: Tiger Woods ' balky neck might be sufficiently healed to return to competition at next week's Memorial.
A Golf Channel report stated Woods will defend his crown at Jack Nicklaus ' signature event, though no confirmation was given Tuesday from the golfer's representatives.
Woods has until 5 p.m. EDT on Friday to officially enter.
FOREIGN FLAVOR: The PGA Tour has gone four consecutive weeks without an American winner, the longest stretch since international players won seven events in a row in 2008.
And that's nothing compared with the LPGA Tour.
Michelle Wie, of Hawaii, is the only American winner on the LPGA Tour over the past year, which covers 26 official tournaments.