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David J. Russell
The 2005 season was one to remember for this popular Englishman, despite him not managing a winning breakthrough. He came desperately close, though, finishing second at four tournaments on his way to eighth place on the Order of Merit, but the highlight of his year was being selected as an assistant to European Team Captain Ian Woosnam for The 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club, Ireland, from September 22-24. Wasted no time in playing on the European Seniors Tour as four days after turning 50 he teed off in the 2004 Open de France Seniors. Revelling in his return, he finished second and repeated the finishing position in the following week's Bosch Italian Seniors Open, performances which helped him finish 24th on the Order of Merit. Better known as 'DJ', he quit The European Tour in 1996 and spent six years as a club professional at Kedleston Park in Derby, while more recently he has focused on his golf course design project at Archerfield in Scotland where he has designed two links courses. A former England boys and youth international, he won his first European Tour title, the Car Care Plan International, in 1985 but was then dogged by a series of ill-luck. In 1987, he tore ankle ligaments and then suffered for four years with energy-sapping ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). He lost his Tour card in 1989 but won it back despite breaking a toe the day he flew out to the European Tour Qualifying School Finals. In 1992, he put in a stellar performance at the Open de Lyon Trophée V33 when he romped to victory with a 21 under par effort which contained 19 birdies, an eagle and no dropped shots in the entire 72 holes. Became the youngest man to secure a hole-in-one in a Major Championship when in 1973, at the age of 19, he aced the eighth hole at Royal Troon. In the 1988 Open Championship he played the first nine holes of his third round in 29 shots, going on to finish 11th. Is the current, or past, holder of 31 course records in Europe, USA, Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. He sits on The PGA European Tour Board of Directors and the Seniors Tour Committee. For the second year running the popular Englishman finished eighth on the Order of Merit and once again narrowly failed to secure that all important first win. Came desperately close at the season-opening DGM Barbados Open but was ultimately beaten by Spain’s José Rivero at the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff. The eighth runner-up finish of his Seniors Tour career followed at the FIRSTPLUS Wales Seniors Open, when Rivero was again the man to profit. Was part of Europe Team Captain Ian Woosnam’s backroom team at The 2006 Ryder Cup and helped oversee a record-equalling 18?-9? victory against the United States.
2 - 1985 Car Care Plan International, 1992 Open De Lyon Trophee V33
1994 Tournoi Perrier De Paris With Peter Baker
2004 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; Top-10 finishes - 6; Euro ¢89,040.38 (ranked 24th); best finish - 2nd, Open de France Seniors & Bosch Italian Seniors Open.
2005 European Seniors Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; Top-10 finishes - 6; Euro ¢140,784 (ranked 8th); best finish -2nd,DGM Barbados Open, FIRSTPLUS Wales Seniors Open.