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Des Smyth

  • Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland
  • Residence: Drogheda, Ireland
  • Birthdate: February 11, 1953
  • Age: 53
  • Turned Pro: 1974

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Player Notes

Capped an unforgettable 2005 by capturing his maiden European Seniors Tour title at the final event of the year, the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship, and finishing third on the Order of Merit. Earlier in the season the Irishman recorded his first wins on the US Champions Tour with the SBC Classic in March and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf a month later, which helped him to 10th place on the 2005 US Champions Tour Money List. Lost a play-off to Tom Watson at The Senior British Open Championship, presented by Aberdeen Asset Management, and in October underwent an emergency operation after a routine check-up revealed a serious problem with the arteries supplying blood to his heart. Went under the knife that evening but was back on the golf course five days later. Still holds the record as the oldest winner on The European Tour when, during his 28th consecutive season in 2001, he won the Madeira Island Open at the age of 48 years and 34 days - 20 days older than the previous oldest champion, Neil Coles. It also meant he had won in four different decades, following his first win in 1979. Learned the game on the links of Baltry, Co Louth, and has always been a strong player in adverse conditions. Played in two Ryder Cups and was a member of the Irish team which won the Alfred Dunhill Cup in 1988. Became the first European golfer to win the US Champions Tour Qualifying School at the end of the 2002 season.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
2 - 2005 SBC Classic, Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf.

European Tour
8 - 1979 European Match Play Championship, 1980 Newcastle Brown "900", Greater Manchester Open, 1981 Coral Classic, 1983 Sanyo Open, 1988 BNP Jersey Open, 1993 Madrid Open, 2001 Madeira Island Open.

Career Summary

1990 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes -3; scoring average 71.79 (ranked 40th); money £105,877 (ranked 33rd); best finish, 3rd Desert Classic and T-3rd Austrian open...

1991 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes -2; scoring average 72.32 (ranked 52nd); money £71,663 (ranked 59th); best finish, 6th Madrid Open...

1992 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 16; top-10 finishes -1; scoring average 72.00 (ranked T-63rd); money £67,994 (ranked 76th); best finish, T-9th, Volvo Open di Firenze.

1993 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 20; top-10 finishes -3; scoring average 72.16 (ranked 58th); money £171,465 (ranked 32nd); win Madrid Open.

1994 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top-10 finishes -4; scoring average 71.93 (ranked T-54th); money £101,959 (ranked 60th); best finish T-4th, Murphy's English Open.

1995 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; top-10 finishes -1; scoring average 71.94 (ranked 39th); money £76,903 (ranked 82nd); best finish T-8th, Turespana Open Andalucia.

1996 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 11; top-10 finishes -2; scoring average 72.51; money £66,042 (ranked 100th); best finish 4th, Madeira Island Open.

1997 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 11; top-10 finishes -0; scoring average 72.13 ; money £47,821 (ranked 123rd); best finish 4th, Madera Island certain .

1998 European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 10; scoring average 71.43; money £53,531 (ranked 114th); best finish T14th, British Open.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.83 (ranked 64th); €Euro 131,949 or £94,250 (ranked 86th); best finish T3rd, Buzzgolf.com North West of Ireland Open

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.14 (ranked 89th); €Euro 133,402 or £79,338 (ranked 111th); best finish T6th, Murphy's Irish Open.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 71.61 (ranked 100th); €Euro 249,551 or £155,160 (ranked 79th); winner Madeira Island Open.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 1; stroke average 72.34; €Euro 152,311 or £97,115 (ranked 128th); best finish, T10th, Telefonica Open de Madrid.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -23; top 10 finishes -10; stroke average 70.19 (ranked 13th); money $959,600 (ranked 18th); Best finish, T-2nd ACE Group Classic. Played in two events on the European Senior Tour, T10th Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open & 13th at the Senior British Open.

2003 Notes
Was the medalist at the National Qualifying Tournament, giving him full playing privileges on the Champions Tour in 2003.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 27; top 10 finishes - 4; stroke average 71.41 (ranked 33rd); money $536,904 (ranked 35th); Best finish, T-5th Kroger Classic.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 21; top 10 finishes - 7; stroke average 70.74 (ranked 19th); money $1,238,876 (ranked 10th); Best finish, Win SBC Classic & Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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