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Paul Broadhurst

Player Data

  • Birthdate: August 13, 1965
  • Birthplace: Walsall, England
  • Residence: Atherstone, England
  • Age: 41 Ht: 5'11" Wt: 161
  • Turned Pro: 1988

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Player Notes

Broadhurst didn't have what you would call very strong credentials when he turned professional in 1988. He won the 1988 Lytham Trophy and was low amateur at the '88 British Open, but to finance his amateur career, he had to work as a van driver, a gardener and a technician in a fiber glass factory. Despite all of the jobs, when Broadhurst turned professional, he had only about $200 in the bank, so he know he had to play well fast, to survive on the PGA European Tour. In his first tournament he missed the cut, but in his second event in 1989, the Desert Classic in Dubai, he finished third, three strokes behind winner Mark James. His seventh event, the Jersey Open he added another third place finish behind Christy O'Connor, Jr. and in a span of seven weeks on tour banked over $40,000. But the best was yet to come, in his next event the Cannes Open, he scored his first victory with round of 65-70-72 proving good enough to secure a $50,000 jackpot when the fourth round was washed out by storms. Enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime in 1990 when he shot a 63 in the Open Golf Championship at St Andrews to equal the then Old Course record. He went on to win Rookie-of-the-Year honors that year. Played in The 1991 Ryder Cup Matches at Kiawah Island, enjoying an unbeaten debut thanks to a four-ball win with Ian Woosnam over Paul Azinger and Hale Irwin and a singles victory over Mark O'Meara. Suffered a serious injury to his right hand during the second round of the 2000 Dubai Desert Classic which necessitated surgery that Aug.. Played in 2001 on a full medical exemption but had to go to the Qualifying School Finals after finishing 157th on the Volvo Order of Merit. He was unable to gain a card but put that statistic right in 2002 at Emporda and Pals, a return trip to the Finals required after he finished 141st on the 2002 Volvo Order of Merit. Regained full exempt status in 2003 after finishing third in The Diageo Championship at Gleneagles. Earlier, had financed amateur career by working as a van driver, gardener and technician in a fiber glass factory. Credits his father, who was a ten handicapper before losing an arm in an engineering works accident, for his interest in golf. Completed his golfing rehabilitation in fine style in April 2005 with victory in the Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Depositos.

Career Victories

European Tour
6 - 1989 Credit Lyonnaia Cannes Open, 1991 European Pro-Celebrity, 1993 Benson And Hedges Open, 1995 Peugeot Open De France, 2005 Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa, 2006 Algarve Open de Portugal

Career Summary

1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 72.33 (ranked T-65th); money €117,337 or £83,812 (ranked 47th); best finish, T4th, Portuguese Open (winner unofficial Motorola Classic)

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 71.85 (ranked T35th); money €304,851 or £217,751 (ranked 15th); Won European Pro-Celebrity.

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 71.58; money €194,223 or £138,731 (ranked 42nd); best finish, 3rd Carrolls Irish Open & T3rd Open de Lyon Trophee V33.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 3; stroke average 71.69 (ranked 33rd); money €341,023 or £243,588 (ranked 19th); winner Benson and Hedges Open.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 1; Scoring Average - 72.50 (ranked T-94th); money €50,953 or £36,395 (ranked 131st); best finish T8th, Madeira Island Open.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 4; Scoring Average - 71.92 (ranked 34th); money €280,760 or £200,543 (ranked 18th); winner Peugeot Open de France.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 25; top-10 finishes - 10; Scoring Average - 71.17 (ranked T-7th); money €420,510 or £300,364 (ranked 9th); best finish T2nd, Volvo Scandinavian Masters.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 7; Scoring Average - 71.33; money €277,796 or £198,426 (ranked 25th); best finish T2nd, Europe 1 Cannes Open.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 3; Scoring Average - 71.29 (Ranked 33rd); money €254,576 or £181,840 (ranked 35th); best finish T7th, Smurfit European Open.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 6; Scoring Average - 71.50 (Ranked 42nd); money €245,579 or £175,414 (ranked 47th); best finish T3rd, West of Ireland Golf Classic.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; Scoring Average - 71.72; money €40,216 or £23,918; best finish 21st, Alfred Dunhill Championship.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 0; Scoring Average - 72.81 (Ranked 185th); money €68,000 or £42,279 (ranked 157th); best finish T22nd, Gleneagles Scottish PGA.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 0; Scoring Average - 72.53 (Ranked 140th); money €119,813 or £76,394 (ranked 141st); best finish T11th, North West of Ireland Open.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 2; Scoring Average - 71.93 (Ranked 109th); money €232,041 or £161,781 (ranked 89th); best finish 3rd, The Diageo Championship of Gleneagles.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 5; Scoring Average - 71.44 (Ranked 55th); money €474,792 or £328,330 (ranked 44th); best finish T4th, Open de Madrid.

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 5; Scoring Average - 70.64 (Ranked 18th); money €924,505 or £624,873 (ranked 22nd); winner, Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa.

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