TOM WATSON Mission Hills, Kansas Age: 30, married, one child. 1980 Earnings: $346, 125. Dominant figure in game since start of 1977. Has been leading money winner, breaking own record in 1978-79, Vardon Trophy winner and Player of the Year three straight times. He has won five tournaments, including three straight, this season, as many as in 1978 and 1979, and seems certain to set another money-winning record. Stanford graduate. LEE TREVINO Dallas, Texas Age: 40; married, five children. 1980 Earningss: $196,981. Charismatic player is second in career earings behind Jack Nicklaus. Has earned more than $2 million in 13-year career, missing top 10 in earnings only three times. Won prestigious Tournament Players Championship and was second in Houston Open and Tournament of Champions this year. Has won U.S. Open twice, British Open twice and Canadian Open three times. GEORGE BURNS III Delray Beach, Florida Age: 30; married, one child. 1980 Earnings: $147,193. Former University of Maryland No. 1, earned first tour victory earlier this year in Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Entered college primarily to play football, but decided he "wasn't going anywhere" as defensive end. Went places as golfer, however, winning four amateur championships before turning pro in 1976. Played or U.S. in 1975 Walker Cup. LARRY NELSON Kennesaw, Georgia Age: 32; married, two children. 1980 Earnings: $95,017. After a winless five years, performed spectacularly last season. Won Inverrary Classic and Western Open, finished second twice, third twice and led U.S. to triumph in Ryder Cup, in which he was undefeated in five matches. His $281,022 in earnings was exceeded only by Watson and tripled his best previous season. Did not take up game until he was 22.
CRAIG STADLER Lake Tahoe, Nevada Age: 26; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $135,151. At 5-10, 210 pounds with mustache, he is the walrus. But he doesn't play like one, winning Bob Hope Desert Classic and Greater Greensboro Open this year and already doubling last year's $73,392, which placed him 55th on money list. The two-time all-america at Southern California won U.S. Amateur and played on Walker Cup team in 1975. Doug TEWELL Edmond, Oklahoma Age: 30; married, two children. 1980 Earnings: $94,153. Made top 60 for first time last year despite missing first three cuts and failing to qualify for next two tournaments. Nearly quit tour, but friends convinced him to stick it out. Their advice proved sound. He earned $84,500 and finished 43rd on money list. Already has exceeded that amount this year, boosted by victory in Sea Pines Heritage Classic in March. JIM COLBERT Tampa, Florida Age: 39; married, three children. 1980 Earnings: $131,017 Entered Kansas State to play football, then decided he belonged on golf course after finishing second in 1964 NCAA championship. After two years out of top 60 money winners, earned second highest amount ($91,139) of career last season, when he finished 40th. Has already exceeded that this year with victory in Tucson Open. DAN POHL Mount Pleasant, Michigan Age: 25; single. 1980 Earnings: $91,050. Another newcomer to top 60, this University of Arizona graduate has more than doubled career earnings this season despite and not winning a tournament. Earned $38,393 last season, 100th on money list, his best year in three as a professional. This hunting and fishing enthusiast won Michigan State Amateur title in 1975 and 1978 prior to turning pro. ANDY BEAN Haines City, Florida Age: 27; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $129,283. Big, powerful (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) University of Florida graduate can bite the cover off golf balls, wrestle alligators and play some mean golf. Third on money list in 1978, seventh last year, with earnings over $200,000 each time. Won three tournaments in 1978, one last year, and Hawaiian Open this season. Career earnings approach $750,000. DAVE EICHELBERGER Fort Worth, Texas Age: 36; married, three children. 1980 Earnings: $82,976. Missed top 60 last season after making it previous two years. Will make it agan after winning Bay Hill Classic in March, his third victory in 14 years on tour. Other two were Milwaukee Open in 1971, when he finished ninth on money list, his only finish higher than 49th, and again in 1977. BRUCE LIETZKE Afton, Oklahoma Age: 28; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $123,864. Has earned more than $100,000 for fourth straight year after winning recent Colonial National Invitation. Best year was 1977, 1971 Texas amateur champ's third on tour, when he won Tucson and Canadian opens and $202,156, fifth on money list. "Slumped" to $113,905 and 18th place in 1978 before regaining form last season, when he won $198,439. BILL KRATZERT Fort Wayne, Indiana Age: 28; married, one child. 1980 Earnings: $80,685 Won Indiana state amateur title at age 16 and the Indiana Open one year later. Broke onto the PGA scene when he teamed with Woody Blackburn to win the 1976 Disney National team title. Another tour victory was the 1977 Greater Hartford Open. Hampered last year by tendinitis in both wrists, but closed the 1979 with a runnerup finish in the Pensacola Open. MIKE REID Provo, Utah Age: 25; single. 1980 Earnings: $111,043. Just missed top 60 last season, finishing 66th with $64,046 in winnings, but is certain to make it this year. Only top 10 finish in 1979 was tie for third in Southern Open. Had excellent amateur career, tying for low amateur in 1976 U.S. Open and winning Western Athletic Conference championship that year. All-America in 1974-75 while at Brigham Young University. LEONARD THOMPSON Lumberton, N.C. Age: 33; married, two children. 1980 Earnings: $78,601 Has won more than $650,000 despite only two tour victories (Jackie Gleason Inverarary Classic in 1974 and Pensacola Open in 1977). Winner of $122,349 in 1974 and $107,293 in 1977, this 10-year pro seems finally to have found some consistency, as he approaches 1979's $90,465 earnings. RAY FLOYD Nitro, West Virginia Age: 37; married, three children. 1980 Earnings: $109,880. Almost become a baseball player until won National Jaycees Junior title in 1960. Since joining tour in 1963, has missed top 60 only twice. Won 1976 Masters, tying Jack Nicklaus for course record with 17-under-par 271. won Doral-Eastern Open this spring, giving him an even dozen tour victories. Sister Marlene plays on women's tour. TOM KITE Austin, Texas Age: 30; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $73,799. Has increased earnings each year since joining tour in 1975, when he won $2,582 and finished 233rd on money list. Last year earned $166,878 and finished 17th. Failed to win a tournament, but 11 times finished in top 10. Runner-up to Lanny Wadkins in 1970 U.S. Amateur. Two years later shared NCAA title with University of Texas teammate Ben Crenshaw. JERRY PATE Pensacola, Flordia Age: 26; married, one child. 1980 Earnings: $103,856. Won most money of career ($193,707) last season and never went more than three tournaments without finishing in top 10, but failed to win for first time in four years. Set rookie earnings record (since broken by Nancy Lopez) in 1976 when he won U.S. Open on last hole and Canadian Open with final-round 63. Won U.S. Amateur title in 1974. HUBERT GREEN Shoal Crek, Alabama Age: 33, married, one child. 1980 Earnings: $67,893 Well on his way to eighth plus-$100,000 season despite being "off" his game. Winless this season, the 1971 Rookie of the Year has averaged two tournament victories per season for the previous six years. Won the U.S. Open in 1977 by one stroke over Lou Graham despite playing last four holes knowing threat had been made on his life. JEFF MITCHELL Lubock, Texas Age: 25; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $98,251 Already has exceeded career earnings this season thanks to victory in Phoenix Open and consistently high finishes. Won only $38,032 and finished 103rd on money list last year, best since he joined tour in 1977. Had never finished higher than fourth prior to Phoenix.Won West Texas Amateur in 1972-73. TOM PURTZER Phoenix, Arizona Age: 28; married, no children. 1980 Earnings: $64,158. Glenn Campbell Los Angeles Open in 1977 was his only tour win, but this Arizona State grad took home $113,270 last year. Played baseball and football in high school before devoting himself to golf at State, with some subtle guidance from his father, Horace, a two-handicapper. Won Arizona state amateur and Southwest Open titles in 1972.