Gary McCord was born in San Gabriel, California on May 23, 1948. He was a professional golfer who never won a title over his twenty-three year career. He did finish second in the 1977 Greater Milwaukee Open. After competing in the 1986 Colonial Invitational, he approached a CBS producer and offered to look at their approach to its golf coverage in exchange for a week's room and board. They took him up on his offer and a week later, he was handed a headset at the 16th hole tower and was told he was a commentator. He wrote Golf for Dummies with John Huggan and Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists. He has written several instructional articles in national golf magazines and writes a weekly America Online article for iGolf. He appeared as himself in the movie Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner and Don Johnson. He runs a golf school in Scottsdale, Arizona with Peter Kostis that is called the Kostis/McCord Learning Center.