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Ian Woosnam

  • Birthplace: Oswestry, Wales
  • Residence: Jersey, Channel Islands, England
  • Birthdate: 3/3/1962
  • Age: 50 Ht.:5'-4"
  • Turned Pro: 1976
  • Eligibility Code: 3

Player Notes

In his youth, Woosnam was more devoted to sport than school. He was torn between soccer and golf and did not know what profession to chose. When he left school at 16, he picked golf because it was physically less destructive than soccer. When he was 18 he traveled the European Tour in a borrowed Volkswagen Caravanette, living like a gypsy, existing on fast food and borrowed money, because he did not have a sponsor. He promised himself five years to make it in golf, and months away from that self-imposed deadline, the 5-foot 4-inch Welshman played well on the Safari Tour. He played well on the '82 European Tour, winning his first tournament (Swiss Open) and placing 8th on the Order of Merit list. Between 1983 and 1986 he won three other tournaments on the European Tour and placed between 4th and 9th on the Order of Merit. In 1987 he found the winner's circle five times and led the Order of Merit. But his best year was 1990 when he won five tournaments and again placed first on the Order of Merit. . .Member of eight European Ryder Cup teams (1983, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95 and '97), Captain of the victorious 2006 European Team in Ireland.

Career Victories

European Tour
PGA European Tour Victories: 29 - 1982 Swiss Open, 1983 Silk Cut Masters, 1984 Scandinavian Enterprise Open, 1986 Lawrence Batley TPC, 1987 Jersey Open, Madrid Open, Scottish Open, Lancome Trophy, 1988 Volvo PGA Championship, Irish Open, European Open, 1989 Irish Open, 1990 Mediterranean Open, Monte Carlo Open, Scottish Open, Epson Grand Prix, 1991 Mediterranean Open, Masters, Monte Carlo Open, 1992 Monte Carlo Open, 1993 Murphy's English Open, Trophee Lancome, 1994 Cannes Open, Dunhill British Masters, 1996 Johnnie Walker Classic, Heineken Classic, Scottish Open, Volvo German Open, 1997 Volvo PGA Championship.

PGA Tour
2 - 1991 USF&G Classic, Masters

Other
Other Victories: 1979 News of The World Under-23 Match Play Championship, 1982 Cacharel Under-25 Championship, 1985 Zambian Open, 1986 Kenya Open, 1987 Hong Kong Open, World Cup (individual), Suntory World Match Play Championship, 1988 Million Dollar Challenge (S.A.), 1990 Suntory World Match Play Championship, 1991 World Cup (individual), PGA Grand Slam

Career Summary

1990 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 70.60; money - $72,138 (ranked 156th); best finish, T3rd, Independent Insurance Agent Open. 1991 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 69.86 (ranked 2nd); money - £257,433 (ranked 8th); Winner, Mediterranean Open and Monte Carlo Open. 1991 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $485,023 (ranked 23rd). 1992 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.97 (ranked 4th); money - £281,407 (ranked 11th); Winner, Monte Carlo Open. 1992 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 1; money$52,046 (ranked 171st); best finish, T6th, U.S. Open. 1993 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.81 (ranked 2nd); money - £501,353 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Murphy's English Open and Trophee Lancome. 1993 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $55,426 (ranked 176th); best finish, T17th, Masters. 1994 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.52 (ranked 8th); money - £273,264 (ranked 12th); Winner, Cannes Open and Dunhill British Masters. 1994 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $51,895 (ranked 188th); best finish, T9th, PGA Championship. 1995 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.50 (ranked 15th); money - £90,107 (ranked 65th); best finish, T5th, Volvo Masters. 1995 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $174,464 (ranked 106th); best finish, T3rd, Honda Classic. 1996 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked 5th); money - £650,424 (ranked 2nd); winner, Johnnie Walker Classic, Heineken Classic, Scottish Open and Volvo German Open. 1996 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $41,696 (ranked 203rd); best finish, T23rd, BellSouth Classic. 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.21 (ranked 5th); money - £503,563 (ranked 5th); Winner, in Volvo PGA Championship. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $40,738 (ranked 216th); best finish, T24th, in British Open. 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked T19th); money - £237,571 (ranked 20th); best finish, 2nd, Heineken Classic. 1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $123,005 (ranked 174th); best finish, T8th in Freeport-McDermott Classic. 1999 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.19 (ranked 22nd); money - (Euro)377,113 or £269,367 (ranked 26th); best finish, T2nd, Linde German Masters 1999 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $104,478 (ranked 195th); best finish, T14th, Masters. 2000 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.53 (ranked 41st); money - (Euro)556,004 or £330,670 (ranked 24th); best finish, 2nd Qatar Masters 2000 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; rounds played - 18 ; in money - 4; Top-10 finishes - 0 / Stroke average 73.33 best finish - T33rd at the NEC Invitational; money - $75,091; (ranked 227th - unofficial). 2001 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.45 (ranked 19th); money - (Euro)837,809 or £520,915 (ranked 18th); best finish, T2nd Smurfit European Open. 2001 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 5; rounds played - 15 ; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 1; best finish - T-3rd at the British Open / Earnings: $225,878; (ranked 176th-unofficial). 2002 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.23 (ranked 44th); money - (Euro)598,815 or £381,812 (ranked 34th); best finish, T3rd Novotel Perrier Open de France and Linde German Masters. 2002 PGA Tour Summary: Played in three events, missed cut at the Masters, T37th at British Open and missed cut at PGA Championship. 2003 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.38 (ranked 71st); money - (Euro)278,599 or £194,242 (ranked 75th); best finish, T3rd Dubai Desert Classic. 2003 PGA Tour Summary: Played in two events, missed cut at the Masters and 72nd at British Open. 2004 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.69 (ranked 72nd); money - (Euro)313,926 or £217,088 (ranked 65th); best finish, T6th, Open de France 2004 PGA Tour Summary: Played in two events, missed cut at the Masters and PGA Championship. 2005 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.56 (ranked T66th); money - (Euro) 259,625 or £175,480 (ranked 88th); best finish, T5th, The Celtic Manor Wales Open and Open de Madrid. 2005 PGA Tour Summary: Played in two events, missed cut at the Masters and British Open. 2006 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 72.21 (ranked 145th); money - (Euro) 154,975 or £103,819 (ranked 134th); best finish, T11th, The Deutsche Bank Players Championship. 2006 PGA Tour Summary: One played once, missed cut at the Masters. 2007 PGA European Tour Summary: entered seven events but missed the cut in all, missed most of the season recuperating from a viral complaint as well as continuing to battle the rheumatic disease ankylosing spondylitis, a condition he was first diagnosed with in 1987.

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