John Cook joined USA Sports in November 2002 as an analyst on USA's weekend golf show PGA TOUR Sunday. Cook, a 23-year veteran and 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR, also spent some time in the 18th Tower as an analyst during USA's extensive 2003 PGA TOUR event schedule in his debut season on television.
Cook joined the PGA TOUR in 1980 after turning professional in 1979 and winning that year's NCAA Championship while earning three All-America awards at Ohio State (1977-79). Cook also won the 1978 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Cook captured his first PGA TOUR tournament title at the 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) in a five-man playoff that included Bobby Clampett, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, and Barney Thompson. Cook had a string of three straight years (1996-98) winning at least one TOUR event. He is a two-time Bob Hope Chrysler Classic champion (1992, 97) and the winner of the 1998 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Cook finished one stroke behind Jerry Kelly at the 2002 Sony Open Hawaii that included a course record 8-under-par 62 during his second round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Cook also finished second at the 2002 Memorial Golf Tournament. He also participated in the 1993 Ryder Cup.
Cook was born on October 2, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University after being persuaded by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. He resides in Windermere, Florida with his wife, Jan, and three children, Kristin, Courtney and Jason.