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Tony Johnstone

  • Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Residence: Sunningdale, England
  • Birthdate: May 2, 1956
  • Age: 51
  • Turned Pro: 1979
  • Eligibility Code: 20

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Player Notes

Was a charismatic figure on The European Tour for more than 20 years, winning six times including the PGA Championship in 1992, but more recently he has swapped his clubs for a place in the television commentary box at golf tournaments around the globe. Contemplated a similar career change back in 1999 after the TNT Dutch Open when he announced: I thought about becoming a window cleaner on very tall buildings! Turned to coach Simon Holmes and eye specialist, Dr Ken West, to help with his putting the one element in his game which was holding him back. Things came together in the 2001 Qatar Masters, when he had a career-best 101 putts (a month after telling his wife he was quitting) to take the title from Robert Karlsson. Grew up in Zimbabwe with Nick Price, Mark McNulty and Denis Watson. Noted short-game genius and topped Reuters Performance Data sand saves category in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Made an emotional return to tournament golf in 2006 when he joined the Seniors Tour after making a remarkable recovery from multiple sclerosis. The 1992 PGA Championship winner and Sky TV analyst thought he would never play golf again when the illness was diagnosed in 2004, but after undergoing a revolutionary drug treatment he was well enough to join the seniors on his 50th birthday. Made his mark with a share of fifth place on his second start and went on to register five further Top-10s to finish his rookie year in 13th place on the Order of Merit.

Career Victories

European Tour
6 - 1984 Portuguese Open, 1990, '91 Murphy Cup, 1992 Volvo PGA Championship, 1998 Alfred Dunhill S.A. PGA Championship, 2001 Qatar Masters

Career Summary

1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.08 (ranked 18th); money - 126,782 (ranked 26th)...

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 72.50 (ranked 60th); money - 197,685 (ranked 19th)...

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.82 (ranked 15th); money - 393,887 (ranked 7th).

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.54 (ranked T29th); money - 168,763 (ranked 41st); best finish -3rd Dunhill British Masters.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.13 (ranked 69th); money - 144,241 (ranked 72nd); best finish -T-5th, Turespana Open Mediterrania.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 72.38 (ranked 74th); money - 133,134 (ranked 96th); best finish -T-3rd, Lexington South African PGA Championship.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.78; money - 147,369 (ranked 44th); best finish -2nd BBVA Open Turespana Masters de Madrid.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 72.54; money - 111,269 (ranked 60th); Winner, Alfred Dunhill S.A. PGA Championship.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.38; money - 76,272 or 54,480 (ranked 128th); best finish -T10th, Victor Chandler British Masters.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.07 (ranked T83rd); money - 200,200 or 119,064 (ranked 74th); best finish -T3rd Algarve Portuguese Open.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.70 (ranked 111th); money - 291,934 or 181,512 (ranked 69th); Win Qatar Masters.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 73.00 (ranked T160th); money - 71,145 or 45,363 (ranked 159th); best finish -T26th BMW Asian Open.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 73.43 (ranked 194th); money - 48,187 or 30,896 (ranked 176th); best finish -7th, UBS Hong Kong Open.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 1; Top-10 finishes -01; scoring average - 74.41 (ranked 193rd); money - 2,790 or 1,846 (ranked 316th); best finish -T69th Scandinavian Masters. Only played in three European Tour events in 2005, 76th in South African Airways Open, T62nd BMW Championship & missed cut in Dunhill Links Championship.

2006 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 2; top 10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 74.00 (ranked N/A); money - $7,955 (ranked 147th); best finish - T47th Senior British Open.

2006 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; Top-10 finishes - 6; Euro 115,929 (ranked 13th); best finish -T3rd, Midas Group English Seniors Open.

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