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John Bland

  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Kynsna, South Africa
  • Birthdate: September 22, 1945
  • Age: 61
  • Turned Pro: 1969
  • Eligibility Code: 9, 17

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Player Notes

Played on the European Tour between 1977 and '95. When he turned 50 in 1995, joined the European Seniors Tour and won the London Masters in his only start. He then came over to America and made a considerable impact on the U.S. Senior Tour with a tie for fifth in his first event, the Transamerica and then won the Ralph's Senior Classic. Bland ended his 1995 Champions Tour year with a T-6th place finish in the Emerald Coast Classic. He continued his good play in 1996 by winning the season opener in Puerto Rico, and finished the year with four wins to finish third on the money list. With Graham Marsh, they won the 1997 Legends of Golf.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
5 - 1995 Ralph’s Senior Classic, 1996 Tournament of Champions, Bruno's Memorial, Northville, Long Island Classic, The Transamerica.

Other
1970 Transvaal Open, 1977 Holiday Inns Champion of Champions, Victoria Falls Classic, South African PGA Championship, 1979 Holiday Inns Invitational, 1981 Sigma Series 3, 1983 Benson & Hedges International Open, Holiday Inns Invitational, Kodak Classic, 1984 Goodyear Classic, 1986 Suze Open, 1987 Goodyear Classic, 1988 Trustbank Tournament of Champions, Safmarine Masters, 1989 & '90 Dewar's White Label Trophy, 1990 Minolta Match Play, Spoomet Bloemfontein Classic, 1991 Palabora Classic, Bell's Cup, Trustbank Tournament of Champions, 1991 Martini Open. 1997 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf With Graham Marsh, Franklin Templeton Senior South African Open, 1998 Frank lin Templeton Senior South African Open.

Career Summary

1995 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 68.25; money - $184,867 (ranked 54th); winner, Ralph's Senior Classic.

1996 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 35; Top-10 finishes - 17; scoring average - 70.36 (ranked 6th); money - $1,357,987 (ranked 46th); Winner, at Puerto Rico Senior Tournament of Champions, Bruno's Memorial Classic, Northville Long Island Classic, The Transamerica.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.69 (ranked 40th); money - $321,752 (ranked 52nd); best finish -T5th at Pittsburgh Senior Classic.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.64 (ranked 16th); money - $508,847 (ranked 37th); best finish, T4th, Pacific Bell Senior Classic.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.49 (ranked 17th); money - $777,887 (ranked 21st); best finish -T4th, SBC Senior Open.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.17 (ranked 25th); money - $718,632 (ranked 26th); best finish -2nd, The Home Depot Invitational.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.51 (ranked 37th); money - $824,405 (ranked 25th); best finish, 2nd Allianz Championship.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -24; top 10 finishes -2; scoring average - 71.32 (ranked 42nd); money - $343,642 (ranked 46th); best finish - T-8th Allianz Championship.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 26; top 10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.51 (ranked 37th); money - $516,605 (ranked 38th); best finish - T-3rd Royal Caribbean Classic.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 22; top 10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.17 (ranked 31st); money - $497,853 (ranked 32nd); best finish - T-4th Toshiba Senior Classic & Bank of America Championship.

2006 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 17; top 10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.96 (ranked 51st); money - $150,940 (ranked 74th); best finish - T8th Boeing Championship at Sandestin.

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