John Cook was born on this day in 1957. He is an American professional golfer who won eleven times on the PGA Tour, and was a member of the 1993 US Ryder Cup team.
Cook's first PGA Tour victory came in the 1981 storm-plagued Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to the weather conditions. Cook won the title on the third extra hole after a five-way sudden-death playoff that included Hale Irwin, Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw, and Barney Thompson. Hale Irwin, the last of the four men that Cook eliminated in the playoff, was gracious in defeat. Irwin said: 'John is a special young man. He deserved to win. He is one of the best new young players on the tour.'
Cook has had seven top-10 finishes in Major championships. The closest he came to winning a Major during his career was when he led the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield by two shots late in the final round. Cook missed a two-foot birdie putt on the 17th that would have given him a three-shot lead before he bogeyed the 18th and lost the Open by one stroke to Nick Faldo. The Englishman birdied two of the last four holes to overtake Cook. After the tournament, Cook said: 'I definitely let one slip away. I had a chance to win a Major championship and I didn't.'
The last of Cook's eleven PGA Tour wins came in the 2001 Reno-Tahoe Open at the age of 43.
He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity Golf Hall of Fame in 1986.