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Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Oswestry, Wales
  • Residence: Jersey, Channel Islands, England
  • Birthdate: March 2, 1958
  • Age: 46
  • Turned Professional: 1976
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Player Notes

In his youth Woosnam was more devoted to sport than school. He was torn between soccer and golf and did not know what profession to chose. When he left school at 16, he picked golf because it was physically less destructive than soccer. When he was 18 he traveled the European tour in a borrowed Volkswagen Caravanette, living like a gypsy, existing on fast food and borrowed money, because he did not have a sponsor. He promised himself five years to make it in golf, and months away from that self-imposed deadline, the 5-foot 4-inch Welshman played well on the Safari Tour. He played well on the '82 European Tour, winning his 1st tournament (Swiss Open) and placing 8th on the Order of Merit list. Between 1983 to 1986 he won three other tournaments on the European Tour and placed between 4th and 9th on the Order of Merit. In 1987 he found the winner's circle 5 times and led the Order of Merit. But his best year was 1990 when he won 5 tournaments and again placed first on the Order of Merit with �574,167, at the time the most money anyone had ever won in a year on the European Tour...Member of 8 European Ryder Cup Teams (1983, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95 and '97).

Career Victories

European Tour
29 - 1982 Swiss Open, 1983 Silk Cut Masters, 1984 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, 1986 Lawrence Batley TPC, 1987 Jersey Open, Madrid Open, Scottish Open, Lancome Trophy, 1988 Volvo PGA Championship, Irish Open, European Open, 1989 Irish Open, 1990 Mediterranean Open, Monte Carlo Open, Scottish Open, Epson Grand Prix, 1991 Mediterranean Open, Masters, Monte Carlo Open, 1992 Monte Carlo Open, 1993 Murphy's English Open, Trophee Lancome, 1994 Cannes Open, Dunhill British Masters, 1996 Johnnie Walker Classic, Heineken Classic, Scottish Open, Volvo German Open, 1997 Volvo PGA Championship.

PGA Tour
2 - 1991 USF&G Classic, Masters

Other
1979 News of The World Under-23 Match Play Championship, 1982 Cacharel Under-25 Championship, 1985 Zambian Open, 1986 Kenya Open, 1987 Hong Kong Open, World Cup (individual), Suntory World Match Play Championship, 1988 Million Dollar Challenge (S.A.), 1990 Suntory World Match Play Championship, 1991 World Cup (individual), PGA Grand Slam

Career Summary

1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 11; stroke average 69.66 (ranked 3rd); money �574,167 (ranked 1st); winning 5 tournaments (Amex Mediterranean Open, Torras Monte Carlo Open, Bell's Scottish Open, Epson Grand Prix and Suntory World Match Play Championship.

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 5; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 70.60; money $72,138 (ranked 156th); best finish, T3rd, Independent Insurance Agent Open.

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 69.86 (ranked 2nd); money �257,433 (ranked 8th); winner Mediterranean Open and Monte Carlo Open.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 3; money $485,023 (ranked 23rd).

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 9; stroke average 69.97 (ranked 4th); money �281,407 (ranked 11th); winner Monte Carlo Open.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 1; money$52,046 (ranked 171st); best finish, T6th, U.S. Open.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 9; stroke average 69.81 (ranked 2nd); money �501,353 (ranked 3rd); winner Murphy's English Open and Trophee Lancome.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; money $55,426 (ranked 176th); best finish, T17th, Masters.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 70.52 (ranked 8th); money �273,264 (ranked 12th); winner Cannes Open and Dunhill British Masters.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; money $51,895 (ranked 188th); best finish, T9th, PGA Championship.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.50 (ranked 15th); money �90,107 (ranked 65th); best finish, T5th, Volvo Masters.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 1; money $174,464 (ranked 106th); best finish, T3rd, Honda Classic.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 8; stroke average 71.00 (ranked 5th); money �650,424 (ranked 2nd); winner, Johnnie Walker Classic, Heineken Classic, Scottish Open and Volvo German Open.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; money $41,696 (ranked 203rd); best finish, T23rd, BellSouth Classic.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 7; stroke average 70.21 (ranked 5th); money �503,563 (ranked 5th); winner in Volvo PGA Championship.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; money $40,738 (ranked 216th); best finish, T24th, in British Open.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 71.00 (ranked T19th); money �237,571 (ranked 20th); best finish, 2nd, Heineken Classic.

1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; money $123,005 (ranked 174th); best finish, T8th in Freeport-McDermott Classic.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 4; stroke average 71.19 (ranked 22nd); money ?Eruo377,113 or �269,367 (ranked 26th); best finish, T2nd, Linde German Masters

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 5; top-10 finishes - 0; money $104,478 (ranked 195th); best finish, T14th, Masters.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 71.53 (ranked 41st); money ?Eruo556,004 or �330,670 (ranked 24th); best finish, 2nd Qatar Masters

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; Rounds Played: 18 ; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0 / Stroke average 73.33; Best finish: T33rd at the NEC Invitational; Earnings: $75,091 Rank (227th - unofficial).

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 70.45 (ranked 19th); money ?Eruo837,809 or �520,915 (ranked 18th); best finish, T2nd Smurfit European Open.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 5; Rounds Played: 15 ; in money - 3; top-10 finishes - 1; Best finish: T-3rd at the British Open / Earnings: $225,878 Rank (176th-unofficial).

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 4; stroke average 71.23 (ranked 44th); money ?Eruo598,815 or �381,812 (ranked 34th); best finish, T3rd Novotel Perrier Open de France & Linde German Masters.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Played in three events, missed cut at the Masters, T37th at British Open and missed cut at PGA Championship.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.38 (ranked 71st); money ?Eruo278,599 or �194,242 (ranked 75th); best finish, T3rd Dubai Desert Classic.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Played in two events, missed cut at the Masters & 72nd at British Open.

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