John graduated from Brigham Young University in 1977 with a degree in accounting. While at BYU he was a member of the golf team and helped the Cougars win 29 tournament titles in four years. Upon graduations Fought competed and won numerous amateur events. He was chosen to play on the USA Walker Cup Team, which came just one before the U.S. Amateur. He went 4-0 in his matches to help the USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland. The next week he was on his way to Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., for the U.S. Amateur, which he won.
Fought earned his PGA Tour card on his third attempt in his rookie season in 1979, he won both the Buick Good-Wrench Open and Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic in consecutive September weeks. He received the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 1979
Fought played on the PGA Tour full-time from 1979%u20131985. Including two back-to-back wins in September 1979, he had 10 top 10 finishes. His best finish in a major was 5th at the 1983 PGA Championship. A spine and hand injury in the mid-1980s forced him to retire from tour play.
During Fought%u2019s Tour days, Jack Nicklaus introduced John to his senior designer, Bob Cupp. After moving on from Tournament play, Fought worked with Cupp would for close to seven years on a number of golf projects before starting off on his own in the early 90s when he founded John Fought Design in Scottsdale, Arizona.
John is a strong advocate and admirer of golf%u2019s Golden Age of architecture. The library in his Scottsdale, Ariz., office boasts some of the most impressive books from that age. He has a special affinity for Donald Ross because and A.W. Tillinghast.